- Brand: Vortex
- Age Range (Description): Adult
- Objective Lens Diameter: 42 Millimeters
- Specific Uses For Product: Hunting and Shooting or Sports
- Color: Green
- 10x magnification & 42mm objective lenses, these Crossfire HD binos are optimized with select glass elements to deliver exceptional resolution, cut chromatic aberration and provide outstanding color fidelity, edge-to-edge sharpness and light transmission.
- Fully multi-coated lenses increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces. Roof prism design is valued for greater durability and a more compact size.
- Adjustable eyecups twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses. Center focus wheel adjusts the focus of both binocular barrels at the same time. Diopter (located on right eyepiece) adjusts for differences in a user’s eyes.
- Rubber armor provides a secure, non-slip grip, and durable external protection. Binoculars are tripod adaptable allowing use on a tripod or car window mount.
- Nitrogen purging and o-ring seals provide water and fogproof performance in all environments. Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact.
Vince Migliore –
First impressions:Purchased the Vortex Optics Crossfire HD Binoculars, 10×42 version.I bought these binoculars for bird watching, which has specific requirements as opposed to sports events and nature hikes. I wanted a large enough magnification that I could easily see the birds, but also with a wide enough field of view so that when a bird hops from one branch to another – something they are prone to do – that they wouldn’t be lost out of frame. I also wanted a fairly light weight and sturdy construction, all of which I found in my choice.These binoculars provide a crisp, clear image with no refraction. That is no colored fringes near the outer edges. The aperture is large enough that there is plenty of light gathering ability. Focusing is easy and natural, with the dial centrally located.This line is advertised as light weight, and it is, compared to other brands, but still it’s noticeable when hanging around your neck. This is not a complaint.CHOOSING MAGNIFICATION:For my whole life I’ve chosen and used bargain basement binoculars, usually 8X magnification. I thought 10X would be marginally better, but experts claim that when you use anything over 8 times, then the image can bounce around from your hand movements and shaking. I didn’t choose the 12X for that reason. The 10X that I purchased has noticeable jitters if held with one hand, but not so much that you lose track of the image. I’m glad I didn’t get the 12X. I’m quite pleased with the 10X, but I think I’d be just as happy with the 8X.CHOOSING FIELD OF VIEW:As mentioned above, I want the objective lens diameter to be large enough so that if a bird is on the move it would be easy to track and not fly out of range. The 42mm turns out to be perfectly suited to my needs. The next step up, 50mm may have made the binoculars bulkier and heavier, so I’m happy with this choice.ADJUSTMENTS:The inter-pupil distance adjustment was easy and intuitive. If the left and right sides are not adjusted to your eyes, you will see dark edges on the sides of the image. Once adjusted you don’t have to worry about this, unless you accidentally jar the adjustment.The diopter adjustment, likewise, was simple and intuitive. Once set up (if one of your eyes is weaker than the other) you can set once and forget about it.The neck strap was easy to install and adjust. No problems there.As mentioned in other reviews, the body strap for the carry bag it just too complicated. It reminds me of a medieval torture device. I discarded it and purchased a simple shoulder strap.MINOR COMPLAINT:I found that to see clearly through the binoculars and get a full field of view, your eye must be positioned exactly in the center of the eyepiece and at a specific distance from your eyeball. For me, this required me to hold the eyepiece about 3/8 inches from my eye. I found that resting my forefinger on my forehead, and the binocular eyepiece on the edge of my finger accomplished this nicely. The problem, however requires a more comfortable and reliable solution.I purchased a pair of 42mm rubber eye cushions that did the trick. That size rubber buffer is standard for microscopes, and are available for about $10 on the internet. See photos.CONCLUSION:All-in-all, I quite satisfied with this excellent product. It has made my bird-watching experience much more productive and enjoyable.
Vortex is known for its lifetime warranty and great quality. These binos are perfect! Great quality, the 10×50 magnification gives me a great view up close. I love it that I can wear it with or without my glasses.The harness was a nice surprise, didn’t know it came with that. It it also has a comfy neck strap which I will also be using, depending on the situation.And all this for $167!!!!!
Ros H. –
Do not hesitate to purchase these binoculars. They are fantastic. Crystal clear with easy and smooth focus. I could not tell the difference between this and a much higher end binocular in a side by side comparison. Great value.
Tracy P. –
I’m a big guy with correspondingly wide IPD (Inter Pupil Distance- eyeball to eyeball width) of 76mm. Very few binocs go that high. In fact, the only high quality/highly rated one I could find for under $500 back in 2017 was the Hawk Endurance ED 8×42. By far the best binocs I had ever used. But…The optics industry has dam-burst-flood-coming exploded recently with quality scopes and binoculars that embarrass everything that preceded that explosion. So I delved back into youtube and bird watching articles (bird watching. Not my thing, but it’s a lot cheaper and more peaceful than my hobbies so – rocks and glass houses ya know?). After realizing I have no life and my coworkers don’t put enough coffee in the coffee urn because they prefer caffeine with there water and not water with there caffeine… sorry, lost track. Anyways . TLDR. Just buy the danged vortex crossfire 10×50 if you have an IPD of 76 because it is truly great glass in a great package that will be passed down to your kids and maybe there kids. It’s that kinda quality.
Dan Abendroth –
helped me pick out the best buck in the group. Very strong so you need to hold them steady
Got them for my husband to use for deer season this season, he loved them and could see clearly through them.
Michael Rader –
Everyone that likes a product says, “nice for the price.” Well, these are nice. And the price is good too. I really like the chest rig, but you can also just use a normal strap that comes with binos too. Clear glass with nice focus, as you would expect from Vortex. These are new to me, so I’ll try to give update in 6 months, as these will be used by our fire-dept for smoke-checks and search & rescue operations. I’m hoping the durability is good because we’re a little hard on gear.
Philip Meadows –
I was hesitant on buying these but after I got them totally worth the money clear sight and the carrier they come with awesome and you can’t beat the warranty unconditional I can’t say enough good about them.