Vortex Viper HD 8×42 Binoculars: Our Review

An excessively vivid and sharp symbol with excellent low-light efficiency. The stiff focal point wheel might take some being used to. We rated those a Forged Selection.

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Vortex Viper HD 8x42 binoculars
Vortex Viper HD 8×42 binoculars. Symbol via Hugh Powell.


  • Very vivid symbol
  • Symbol remains sharp just about to fringe of view
  • Forged really feel
  • Extensive, relaxed neck strap
  • Just right box of view and shut focal point


  • Stiff focal point wheel
  • Close to the highest of the associated fee vary we examined


  • Value: $640 MSRP at press time. Costs steadily differ, so test with outlets
  • Shut focal point: 6 ft (183 cm)
  • Box of view: 7.8° (410 ft at 1,000 yards). Extra about box of view 
  • Weight: 26.7 oz. (758 g)—that’s about 1 oz. (29 g) lighter than the common for 8×42 binoculars in our assessment
  • Eye aid: 18 mm

Viewing Revel in: The Vortex Vipers had been a few of the costliest binoculars on this spherical of trying out, they usually had the picture high quality to turn for it. Some testers instructed us those had been a few of the brightest, clearest photographs that they examined, in particular in low gentle. On a dim, cloudy day in early November, those binoculars had been ready to pick out up the important thing spectacle-like facial markings of a Swainson’s Thrush because it skulked round in close by trees. Regardless that the point of interest wheel was once quite stiff, it was once nonetheless simple to trace the thrush because it moved thru thick, twiggy brush at a spread of 15–30 ft. Backlit cover branches some 75 ft away had been simple to peer intimately, although there was once a slight sense of pink/inexperienced on the edges. Whilst panning those binoculars had been very clean and crisp. Beveled eyecups made it relaxed to carry those containers to our eyes for prolonged sessions.

Really feel and Construct: The Vipers have a forged and compact really feel, giving them a way of heft even supposing they’re relatively lighter than an “reasonable” 8×42 binocular. Faintly textured rubber with thumb indents makes for a relaxed grip. The eyecups had a unfastened really feel, however held their position firmly in every of 4 stops. The focal point wheel was once clean, however a few of the stiffest to transport of any binoculars in our check. The stiffness affected how temporarily lets focal point on a goal; that is the primary problem that saved them out of the Best Selections crew in our complete binocular assessment. The tethered goal lens covers appeared to grasp their place neatly. The neck strap was once vast and relaxed, and there’s additionally a harness equipped within the field for other folks who to find the ones extra relaxed than easy straps.

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Vibrant transparent symbol, forged and compact really feel in hand
  • Felt relaxed in my fingers
  • Vibrant and sharp symbol each a ways and close-up
  • Center of attention knob may be very tight and makes it exhausting to make use of
  • Simple to zoom in on, and alter focal point for
  • Symbol high quality was once nice, however I couldn’t get it to be *best*
  • Great optics, however the motion on the point of interest wheel was once too stiff
  • Free eyecups, stiff focal point wheel

This text is one in a chain of mini-reviews. To look how those binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our complete assessment of reasonably priced 8×42 binoculars.  

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Eric Adjei

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