With a lifetime warranty, these binoculars might be the last pair you ever buy.
Hawke Optics has been a big player in quality sporting optics for some time now, boasting great in-field performance and optimum value for the everyday consumer. They've now released the new Frontier ED X Binoculars, and after dragging them around for late-season whitetail scouting and turkey season, I'm very impressed.
High-quality optics aren't hard to find these days, as there's an abundance of premium options on the market. However, finding binos with this exceptional of clarity at such a reasonable price point is really hard to come by.
One of the greatest parts about purchasing binoculars from Hawke Optics is the lifetime warranty. With this, you won't have to spend a dime on a pair of binoculars ever again. Sounds like a heck of a deal, right? When you order yours, they'll include a carry case, a neck strap, harness adaptors, a lens cloth and lens covers.
The comfortability and the material of the neck strap alone is superior to any brand of binoculars I've owned. Its soft, stretchy material makes trekking through the woods easy, and the carrying case is a great add-in value that comes in handy during transportation to and from long hunting trips.
As soon as you get these into your hands, the rubber coating gives you a supreme grip. These binoculars will work well rain and snow, and then as soon as you bring them to your eyes, you can sense the quality of the glass.
The focus ring is incredibly smooth and easy to use. It slides with the touch of a finger and makes for incredibly smooth transitions.
For gear nuts who want to know the nuts and bolts behind the product, this next part is for you.
When you spend a lot of time looking through binoculars, you'll notice two things. First, you'll come to identify a premium glass by the detail you can see at distance. The next major factor is eye strain. High-quality glass causes much less eye strain because your eyes don't have to work as hard to see detail. Traditionally, having high-quality glass that delivers detail and reduced eye strain has meant a lot of money, making top-shelf binoculars unobtainable for many. The new Frontier ED X Binoculars from Hawke Optics put quality within the reach of anyone.
It all begins with the quality and purity of the glass. Hawke starts with extra-low dispersion glass (ED glass) that provides premium optical clarity. From there, Hawke uses dielectric coating, which increases the reflectivity of the light coming into the lens. They then fully multi-coat the optics to further sharpen the clarity of the image you see when looking through the binoculars, especially at greater distances. Internally, Hawke Optics uses high-resolution, BAK-4 roof prisms that are phase-corrected. The result is a binocular that has exceptional clarity and eye relief.
Clear glass is meaningless, however, without crisp focus. The Frontier ED X Binoculars have Hawke's 1.5-turn Focus Knob with a 6.6-foot close focus. This, when paired with the 426-foot field of view at 1,000 yards in the 8X42, or 336 feet at 1,000 yards in the 10X42, means you'll have exceptional clarity and precise focus adjustment at any range.
I went with the green framed 10X42 option, simply because I loved the looks of them and felt they matched better with the hunting environment I'd primarily use them in. The high-quality build and lens protection covers have held up well with the beating binoculars tend to take in the woods.
And, I'd owned quite a few pairs of binoculars over the last few years, and it seem the lens covers always either fall off incredibly easy, or they're difficult to get off quickly. These stay firm and haven't been an issue at all, though.
Lenses are what makes a good pair binoculars, so I appreciate keeping them clean and scratch-free.
The Hawke Frontier ED X Binoculars are available in 8X42 and 10X 42 options, each available in a green or gray frame. The 8X42 has an MSRP of just $389.00 and the 10X42 has an MSRP of $399.00.
All in all, these are just well-designed, high-quality, crisp-looking binoculars I'd recommend to any hunter.