Vortex Viper HD 10×42 Binoculars Review

Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binoculars Review

Capturing moments is a big part of outdoor activities; be it camping, hiking or safaris, these activities would be enhanced by having the perfect binoculars to give you an experience many only dreams of. The Vortex 10×42 Viper HD binoculars brings with it clear, concise images, protection from weather conditions, accessories and the promise that you will have it for a very long time to come.

These binoculars rank highly in the 10×42 group of binoculars. The features that make up the Vortex Viper are outlined in the section below. By the end, you will be able to see why these binoculars are a contender in its world and worth every penny.

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1. Viper optics

The Vortex Viper HD 10×42 comes equipped with extra low dispersion glass (ED) which controls chromatic aberrations to provide a brighter image. ED glass is expensive to manufacture and is usually reflected in the price of the binoculars. The Vortex 10×42 also has added coatings on the glass that ensures low dispersion of color and therefore produces a good contrast on the image of interest. The lenses are equipped with anti-reflective coats that allow these binoculars to provide clear images in low lighting.

2. Eye Cups & Eye Relief

The eye relief on the Vortex Viper HD 10×42 is set at 20 mm which would suffice even for users who need glasses. The eyecups are lined with a non-bulky rubber making these binoculars comfortable during use. The Vortex Viper also has adjustable sockets that lock allowing the user to set their eye relief preferences for future use without needing to re-adjust.

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3. Diopter Ring

The diopter ring works hand in hand with the eye relief component of the vortex viper 10×42. Like the eye relief, the diopter ring locks in the preferred adjustment. It means that the binoculars can undergo frequent use without having to adjust your settings with every use. The lenses can also be adjusted as needed.

4. Waterproof & Fog Proof

The Vortex Viper HD 10×42 is both waterproof, and fog proof is making them an asset in extreme weather conditions. The lenses are filled with Argon gas ensuring that condensation will not occur in any situation leaving the lenses always clear to view the image of interest. The lenses have also been sealed with rings that prevent moisture from entering. The lenses themselves have been coated with a substance that repels water making them waterproof. There is an added assurance, because of the sealant, that foreign particles or even dust will be kept away from the lenses as well. Should the Vortex Viper HD 10×42 ever get dirty, they can be easily cleaned with the assurance that there will be no leftover smudge or streaks on the lenses, as is the case with regular glass.

5. Portability

The Vortex 10×42 is small and lightweight making it very easy to carry around. It also hooks onto a neck strap, included in the purchase, allowing it to be carried against the chest and around the neck.

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6. Viewing (LOW & Strong light)

The Vortex Viper HD 10X42 has a field of view of 319 feet which is an average expectation with 10×42 binoculars. The lenses are high density and coated to allow the Vortex Viper to control excessive light such as on a very sunny day or if the image is illuminated by bright lights. This is an advantage because extreme lighting causes reflection while viewing which can induce blurred images.

7. Construction materials and durability

The Vortex 10×42 is made of high-quality materials making it a fierce competitor to its counterparts. It comes equipped with ED glass and a rubber coated body that keeps it intact in case of falls or run-ins with nature such as thorns, mud, and rocks. The rubber also ensures a non slippery grip and adds to the durability of the binocular. Also, the purchase of these binoculars comes with a manufacturer’s warranty that offers to repair or replace the Vortex when needed.

 8. Accessories

The Vortex Viper HD 10×42 comes with a carrying case, a neck strap, a lens cloth, rain and lens cover. The carrying case is padded and can be attached to a belt using the loops attached on its back. It also has a small pocket inside it. The neck strap is wide, padded and has connectors that allow the binoculars to be attached to it, enabling them to hang on well on the chest. The rain and lens cover are made of soft rubber that fits comfortably and stays in place ensuring that they don’t easily fall off during use. A users’ manual is also included with the purchase outlining the best way to use the Vortex…..

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9. Recommended usage

The Vortex Razor HD 10×42 would do well in most outdoor activities. The Viper optics and field of view and ability to produce quality images in low light makes the Vortex 10×42 ideal for bird or wildlife watching. The anti-reflective coating on the lenses would be suitable for users’ viewing images on reflective surfaces such as a lake. It is also small enough to be carried on safaris or camping expeditions especially because of the well thought out mechanical and durable build.


The vortex viper 10×42 offers a range of features at an affordable price. They are lightweight therefore easy to transport and carry, the accessories have added comfort features such as padding on the neck strap and loops to hook the binoculars on. The ability to lock in your preferences on the diopter rings is an excellent added touch.


There is little to dislike on the Vortex Razor HD 10×42. These binoculars truly deliver on their quality in use. Some 10×42 binoculars come with a wider field of view than the Vortex 10×42; however, the 319 ft field of view is still sufficient.

Final Verdict

If there were an ultimate list outlining the features a set of binoculars should have, the Vortex would have check marks against all of them. It is affordable and would do well in extreme conditions. The manufacturers’ confidence in their products also adds to the consumer satisfaction in case of a malfunction or accident.

It is definite that the Vortex Viper 10×42 would last through many an expedition and is usable in a range of outdoor activities.

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Retta - December 28, 2016

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