Review: Vortex Viper HD Binoculars



Outdoor Empire pick for the best hunting binoculars.

Many are familiar with the company Vortex due to their high-quality red dot optics. However, that is only a small part of what Vortex creates.

I’m a big fan of their products, and I feel they make excellent optics. Their line of binoculars varies, so specifically, I want to focus on the Vortex Viper line.



The Vortex Viper binoculars are some of the best for those rougher outdoor activities. It comes in Viper full size and the Viper compact. Specifically for those whose bread and butter are hunting.

For hunting, I prefer full-size field glasses. This is solely because I hunt in mostly low light situations — in the early morning and late evenings. I want to maximize my exit pupil too.

The Viper is available in wide variety of magnifications and objective lens sizes. The maximum magnification of this line is 15 power and a minimum of 6 power. This represents realistic magnifications in different hunting styles.

The 10 x 50, 8 x 42, and 6 x 32 options even offer long eye relief for glasses wearers. Because each of these optics has different specifications, let’s focus on the 8 x 42mm Viper binoculars.



Vortex Viper HD

The 8 x 42mm represents what most average hunters in the Southeast will need. This size keeps them quite light at only 24.2 ounces. They are comfortable to wear around the neck and easy to scan with for extended periods.

The bigger you go, the heavier they get, another reason to limit yourself to the 8 x 42mm models.

It gives you an eye pupil of 5.3 mm. This allows you to see throughout the entire day decently. It’s never too bright or too dim to see until the dead of night. A little larger exit pupil would be a bit better, but the weight trade off of a large objective lens would be worth it.

It uses a roof prism which makes it more compact, making it easier to carry through the field. You also get a solid 20 mm of eye relief, so those with glasses are well served with this kit. This includes those who wear shooting glasses for eye protection, as all hunters should.


Notable Features

It has an adjustable diopter that can also be locked down. A locking diopter is necessary on any binoculars used over rugged terrain. Without it, the diopter may slip during movement, and then you’ll have to readjust it before you can use your binocs.

Some other convenient, but not necessary, features include adjustable eyecups to max out the comfort level. These binocs are tripod adaptable and have an excellent center focus wheel that moves smoothly and transitions clearly.


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