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Product Review: Vortex Diamondback 10x42 Binoculars

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Vortex Diamondback 10x42 Binoculars are in the spotlight.

Vortex has been in the optics game for a little under 30 years. They have started to really make an impact on the market over the last five or so years.

When I decided that I wanted to get a pair of binoculars, I went with Vortex. There were a few reasons and here is why.

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First, the Vortex Diamondback 10x42 binoculars are very affordable. They aren't cheaply made though and their warranty is outstanding. They have an unconditional warranty that is also fully transferable.

When I look for a product, I want one that I knew the company would stand behind if any issues should arise. I also need it to fit within my budget. I have heard many times that you get what you pay for, but with the Vortex Diamondbacks, you get more than that.

vortI was at Cabela's one day and I knew that one of the most important pieces of gear besides my weapon would be the glass that I was going to be taking with me to be able to spot and stalk the animals I would be pursuing.

I started out by looking at some of the store branded binoculars. Then my friend suggested that I just look through the Vortex.

I had never heard of them up until this point, but I thought that it couldn't hurt to look. I got the Vortex Diamondback 10x42 binoculars and to my surprise, they looked great. I wasn't quite sold, but they said I could take them outside if needed. I was in a hurry so I decided I would come back another time.

Well, fast forward a few months and I was at an outdoor expo here in Utah. This time a local dealer had some for me to try. I decided that I was going to take a chance on these binoculars.

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That summer we started to do some heavy hiking and scouting for mule deer. The binoculars worked great. Whether it was early morning or almost night, I was able to pick out deer and elk that were hiding on the edges of the tree line.

The ability that they had to take in light impressed me. I was able to spot deer just as easily as my friend that had a more expensive pair of binoculars.

vort2Then there is durability, and when it came to hunting season, they worked great. You hate to have something that you spent a few hundred dollars for take a fall. When you are hiking or taking a rest you will set them down from time to time.

I try my best to take great care of purchases like these, but I can tell you now that even after the bumps and bruises this set of binoculars has taken, I was still able to spot animals very clearly.

Most of my hunting happens in the beginning of winter and these binoculars didn't have any troubles, especially with fogging up on me. I could see that Vortex really took time to think about everything with this set of binoculars. As I have owned them for a while now, I still have yet to feel like I need a new set of binoculars.

If you are in need of a new set of binoculars, then I would highly recommend taking a look at the Vortex Optics lineup.

What brand of binoculars do you use? What questions do you have about these binoculars?  Let me know in the comments.


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Product Review: Vortex Diamondback 10x42 Binoculars