• Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof
Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof

Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular, ED Glass, Waterproof/Fogproof

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  • ED glass reduces color dispersion to provide high resolution colors & clarity and Bak4 phase-coated prisms with multi-coated lenses
  • Three stage twist out eyecups with long eye relief, locking diopter ring and lightweight, open bridge body design with large, precise focus wheel
  • Advanced lens coatings for enhanced light transmission even in low light conditions
  • 100% waterproof and fogproof
  • Magnification: 10x, objective lens diameter: 42mm, field of view: 340 ft./1000 yards, view angle: 6.5 degrees, near focus: 8.2 feet, Eye relief: 16.5 mm, Weight: 25.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

Terrible Quality Control Bought a pair of 8x42 which turned out great! They image is clear and the focus wheel is smooth, except for some quiet grinding/popping noises when turning it completely counter clockwise, which I don't mind too much. I later decided to buy an additional pair with stronger magnification 10x42. The binoculars came in out of of their plastic bag (unlike the first one) with smudge marks on the optics as well. When trying them out I could hear and feel a loud grinding noise when turning the focus wheel. I immediately sent them back ordering a replacement. The replacement came in with a quieter focus wheel but still some ticking/grinding noises (which I could live with). Once I got out on the field to observe some birds and trees in the distance, I could not focus with clarity on anything with the satisfaction i had with the 8x42's. I tried multiple times adjusting the right eye piece to fit my vision, but no luck. After some time I got a headache from the blurry images and gave up. I was not impressed with their quality control. Reading further reviews they have terrible customer service. Rather than sending it to them, I would rather return through amazon and not deal with Vangaurd again. Would not recommend. Message me if you have any questions. 2Well worth the money....wait for a rebate to purchase! I was looking for a good budget pair of binos. I heard about the Vanguard Endeavor Series and read all the reviews and decided to try them out. I bought the Endeavor Ed 8420 8 42 with a $100 mail in rebate so they only cost me $150 with the rebate. I didn't think the extra $100 for the Hoya glass was worth it. I believe they are better than my dad's Leupolds Mojave and brother's Vortex Diamondback binoculars. I think they were a draw with my other brother's Vortex Viper binoculars. I thought they let in more light then the above three binoculars and they were just as clear or clearer. I compared them during the middle of the day with good light conditions. They are a little heavy; the locking diopter is nice and they have a good feel. Overall I was well pleased with these. 5As promised..... These were advertised on special at about 50% off AND there was a manufacturer rebate of $50 also. That worked out to about $150 for these binoculars. I bought two pairs. One for my wife and one for me. The rebate arrived about 3 weeks after we sent in for it. No hassle, just a nice check for $100. What a deal!Now for the product. I also have a pair of Fujinon techno-stabi 14X40 stabilization binoculars. These are $1,000 plus binoculars and are in a completely different class. However the Fuji's are too heavy and too expensive to just carry around in the car. These binoculars are a supplement to those.I do a lot of amateur nature watching and like to have binoculars handy. I have borrowed really expensive $2,000 binoculars from friends when in the field and these Vanguards are a close second. I really like them. They are clear and bright and easy to carry.If their great guarantee (anything except theft, no matter what or how) is as good as their quick rebate (ever wait forever for a manufacturer rebate?) I am impressed. 5Worth a Good Look I have carefully compared these Vanguard Endeavor ED binoculars (one pair each of 8x42 and 10x42) to a pair of Bushnell Legend Ultra 10x42 binoculars, all of which I purchased from Amazon. Aside from the difference in magnification, the two Vanguards are identical in appearance and function. Subsequent references to "Vanguards" include both magnifications. The Bushnells are similar to the Vanguards in design and features. The differences noted below are slight.In both brands, overall image sharpness, image-edge sharpness, and brightness are excellent. These are the most important features in any binoculars. I studied a frost-laced spider web at 100 feet, and the clarity was amazing in both binoculars. Advantage - Draw.Mechanical operation (main focus, interpupillary distance) -- The interpupillary distance adjustment (width), and the main focus are somewhat stiffer in the Bushnells. The main focus in the Bushnells is also a bit awkward to adjust because it has some slack that must be taken up when changing the direction of rotation of the focus wheel. By contrast, the Vanguards have no slack in the focus wheel, with immediate reaction of the focus when the wheel is turned. One reviewer noticed a faint clicking in the Bushnells when operating the main focus wheel. This is not a mechanical flaw in the adjustment mechanism, but merely a "creaking" of the rubber covering of the wheel against the plastic substrate of the wheel. Advantage - Vanguard.Diopter adjustment (right eye focus) -- The diopter ring on the Vanguards is much easier to operate than that on the Bushnells. The locking mechanism to prevent the diopter setting from being inadvertently changed is easily engaged or disengaged on the Vanguards, but difficult on the Bushnells. Due to some (very few) reviewers complaining of broken diopter rings on the Bushnells, I am very careful when adjusting the diopter. When focusing the Bushnell diopter I use thumb and forefinger; when locking or unlocking the ring, I use two fingers and a thumb. On the Vanguards I can easily do both tasks with thumb and forefinger. The Bushnell diopter ring is sufficiently stiff that once adjusted it is unlikely to be accidentally re-adjusted, so I simply don't lock the ring after setting the diopter. Update: Although the Bushnell diopter adjustment is becoming less stiff with use, it is still stiffer than the Vanguards. The problem with this stiffness, beyond the possibility of breaking the diopter ring, is that you are essentially holding the binoculars with one hand while your right hand is operating the diopter adjustment, and the significant torque required makes it difficult to hold the binoculars still enough to focus the right eye. Advantage - Vanguard.The twist-up eyecups on the Vanguards adjust incrementally with detents, and rise higher than those on the Bushnells. Those on the Bushnells have a more limited range, no detents, and the right eyecup rose noticeably higher than the left, so attention has to be paid to their respective levels. Advantage - Vanguard.Color accuracy -- Looking at a white snow bank in the flat light of a foggy day, the Vanguards had a slightly "warm" look, as compared to the stark white of the Bushnells. I stress that this difference was very slight, and noticeable at all only because I had both pairs of binoculars in hand at the same time. Advantage - Bushnell.Chromatic Aberration (CA) -- the various colors of the visible light spectrum are transmitted differently through a medium such as glass, water or air. In binoculars this can lead to a fringe of color around the edges of an object silhouetted against the background, typically a dark foreground object against a light background. Both the Vanguards and the Bushnells use ED glass, which stands for Extra-low Dispersion. ED glass reduces or eliminates CA by more narrowly focusing the different wave lengths of light onto the same point so that no color fringes appear. Because a small number of Amazon reviewers said they experienced chromatic aberration with one or the other of these binoculars, I tried to force my Vanguards and Bushnells to display CA by viewing dark tree branches and dark standing rocks silhouetted against the blue sky, sunlit white clouds, or snow. I did this with the foregrounds back-lighted, and then front-lighted, and in no case could I get either pair of binoculars to show chromatic aberration. As a check, I got out some of my cheap binoculars, and had no difficulty forcing them to display CA, especially toward the edges of the image. Update: today (29 May 2014) I was able to notice chromatic aberration in both the Vanguards and the Bushnells. Viewing a distant green, grassy hilltop, obliquely backlit and silhouetted against the blue sky, I could see a narrow color fringe on the hilltop only at the extreme upper limb of the field of view. In the Vanguards the color was purple, in the Bushnells it was orange. This is no hindrance to viewing, as it is in a non-critical portion of the field of view, occurs only under rare circumstances, and is barely noticeable even if you look for it. Advantage - Draw.The carrying cases both have zippered closures. The Bushnell case is a very nice semi-rigid clamshell design. Velcro tabs are provided to prevent the clamshell from falling completely open when the binoculars are taken out. The Vanguard case is a padded soft case with ballistic nylon outer cover, and about half as bulky as the Bushnell case. Unless bulkiness is a problem, the Bushnell case is better. Advantage - Bushnell.The Bushnells come with a binocular harness, which stores in the binocular case. Advantage - Bushnell.Both brands have nicely padded carrying straps that can be easily switched between the carry case and the binoculars. Advantage - Draw.Weight -- The Vanguards weigh 25.8 ounces, a little over 3 ounces more than the Bushnells. Advantage - Draw.Handling comfort -- I find the Vanguards to be slightly more comfortable, due to the "open bridge" two-hinge design where my index fingers are on the upper hinge and focus wheel, the middle and ring fingers curve over the binoculars between the hinges, and the little fingers rest on the lower hinge. The Bushnells have a single larger hinge, and the fingers are on the hinge, except for the little fingers, which rest below the hinge. Another reason that the Vanguards are more comfortable to hold is that they feature slightly flattened areas on the backs of each of the cylinders that form the body of the binoculars, located precisely where your thumbs are positioned when holding the binoculars. Most of the weight of binoculars is borne by your thumbs, and to see what difference this feature makes, slide your hands down toward the objective end, and note the additional pressure caused by the relatively narrow cross-section of the cylinder as compared to the broad area of contact afforded by the flattened areas. As comfort is a highly subjective feature, I would call it a Draw, and suggest that each user would have to assess the binoculars for personal comfort.The rubber covering on the Bushnells is ribbed for secure grip in wet conditions, or with gloves. It is thicker than that on the Vanguards, with slight "give" when pushed with a fingertip. The rubber covering on the Vanguards is pebbled grain, non-ribbed, and fits absolutely snugly. I find the Vanguard covering to be slightly more comfortable, but again this is subjective, and each user needs to evaluate it personally.Lens covers -- The lens covers for the eyepiece lenses are virtually identical. Those for the objective lenses are different in that the Bushnells have a relatively loose retainer ring, while the Vanguards have a tight retainer ring. Several reviewers mentioned the looseness of the Bushnell objective lens covers (particularly when open, hanging from their retainer rings), and one went so far as to hot-glue the retainers in place. A much simpler and very effective solution is to slide the side of the retainer ring which is opposite the hinge of the lens cover upward on the binoculars. This tightens the ring, and gives a long distance that the ring must move before it could fall off. What I like best about the Bushnell objective lens covers is the tab that makes finding and opening the cover very easy, even with gloves on. Update: (15 December 2014) my new pair of Vanguard 10x42 binoculars has tabs on the objective lens covers, so presumably the 8x42 models will now also have tabs. Advantage - Draw.As you can see from this listing of features, the Vanguard Endeavor ED, (both 8x42 and 10x42) and the Bushnell 10x42 Legend Ultra HD are close to equal. Each is available in both 10 and 8 power versions. I paid the same price for the two 10x42 models, and am pleased with both purchases. If the Vanguard Endeavor and the Bushnell Legend Ultra are on your list for consideration, I would recommend that you take the one that feels best in your hands, and/or that you can obtain at the most reasonable price. 5Excellent special purpose binoculars. I own an embarrassing number of binoculars. My wife and I have been birdwatchers since the mid-70's, I was an amateur large format film photographer and earned my living as a land surveyor. All optics, all the time, under the severest conditions and most demanding tasks. These make the grade. I wear glasses, eye relief perfect for me, eye cups adjust well for wife's contact lenses. Field of view very wide for this 10 power, ED glass gives very bright and true brilliant color. Ergonomics good for my large as well as wife's smaller hands. For what they offer, i.e., maximum exit pupil (light gathering ability) you can't get much lighter in weight. Every tool is a compromise.That said, I use these for shore birding where most observations occur at a distance of several hundred feet or more. Close encounters push these bins to their limits, as their lack of depth and width of field make tracking and focusing a real challenge. These 10x's are better than most of their type, but still do not come close to the facility and successful views obtained by nice, wider field 7x or 8x glasses. I would call these special purpose glasses and avoid them as my prime set, if I could only have one. Some people would disagree with me on that.The rebate came fast, within three weeks, I've waited months for others. 5Superb value for money An absolutely superb optical instrument for the price. I also own the Nikon ProStaff 10x42mm and Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42mm, and comparing the three similar-size instruments to each other, there's no doubt in my mind that if I could only have one, it would be this Vanguard unit.It's not a Zeiss or a Swarovski, but it's about as close as one can get to their quality without spending five to ten times as much. The clarity, light-gathering and ease of use are better than I expected. I'm also very happy with the magnification. The higher the power of the lens, the smaller the exit pupil ration (i.e. less light is transmitted through it). A 25% increase in magnification to 10x carries with it a penalty of a more than 20% drop in light transmission. That's one of the strong points of this 8x42mm size - its exit pupil ratio is 5.25, about as good as one can get in 'everyday' binoculars without going to marine 'night glasses', which are usually 7x50's (exit pupil ratio 7.14). I find that at dawn and dusk, when lesser binoculars struggle to gather enough light, these Vanguards do a splendid job for me.Highly recommended. 5best glasses I've used best glasses I've used.....looked thru leica's, swaro's, nikon's, etc....the differences are very slight, and the moneyrequired to purchase the better glass is ridiculous. I would say this however, if you in fact DO want something betterthan the HD - ED glass that's in these, go for the Vanguard ED II's, as they are Apochromatically corrected, andWILL give a better overall image.....the mechanics are great, as is the build quality....little heavy, I wouldn't recommend them for a weaker person, I'm68 yrs old and they're fine for me....I use them for all kinds of hunting, and birding.there is absolutely NOTHING any better for the Bucks, period.UPDATE :now for the bad part.....I bought these glasses about 2 MONTHS ago, and still haven't rec'd the rebate !I don't know what the problem is, but this kind of thing is NOT acceptable, at least not to me. The rebate was a large part of WHY I bought the glasses to begin with, and this really SUX people.Vanguard, you NEED to get with the program here !! 5the image quality in the Nikons is notably better. for her last year I picked up a pair of these and of the 8x40 Nikon monarch 7s. these are now my car binos and, when both of us are viewing, my partner's binos.she prefers these over the Nikons for the slightly increased magnification; I prefer the Nikon's feel in hand, extremely wide field, and greater depth of focus. for me, the image quality in the Nikons is notably better. for her, being able to have the field marks more visible is better than the overall "pretty" factor of the image. I think she also has steadier hands than I do - the 10x is more shaky in my hands, and I think for her that less of an issue.a few months ago, a coworker and I were both watching a a fairly unusual event, it appeared to be a satellite losing orbit. as this was occurring at about the same time as a comet was visible at night, I leant him the endeavors overnight to try seeing the comet with, and the next day had the Nikons with me.he had liked the view through these, but felt that the monarchs were a notable step up in quality as well.however - on sale, the vanguard binos are about half the price of the Nikons, and they're pretty good. we've wound up with each of us having a good set of binos we prefer. 4These are well worth the price! I bought these last year for $169 during a Black Friday sale. Since I've always wanted a good pair of binoculars I couldn't pass up such a great price. Even though I never heard of Vanguard my decision was based on the reviews from here and other sites.I have to say I do not regret the purchase one bit. The quality is obvious, even before looking through them. You can tell that Vanguard put a lot of thought into the design and material choices. I left them out in the rain once overnight, the eyecups were filled with water. All I did was pour out the water and they functioned perfectly!I've use these for daytime viewing and for viewing the night sky. They are an excellent choice for both. Compared to the typical Walmart binoculars the difference is night and day. They don't leave me with a feeling of wanting more if that makes sense. No blur in any part of the field of view, colors are excellent. They are transparent.The focus knob is a little sensitive, but I like that because I can focus quickly. For viewing the night sky I would recommend a tripod adapter, I made my own but Vanguard sells one here on Amazon.I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these to anyone looking for a good pair of binoculars. 5Good mid range glasses Nice and clear but magnification not as strong as expected. Good balance and nice and light. Nice size to handle. 3
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Terrible Quality Control Bought a pair of 8x42 which turned out great! They image is clear and the focus wheel is smooth, except for some quiet grinding/popping noises when turning it completely counter clockwise, which I don't mind too much. I later decided to buy an additional pair with stronger magnification 10x42. The binoculars came in out of of their plastic bag (unlike the first one) with smudge marks on the optics as well. When trying them out I could hear and feel a loud grinding noise when turning the focus wheel. I immediately sent them back ordering a replacement. The replacement came in with a quieter focus wheel but still some ticking/grinding noises (which I could live with). Once I got out on the field to observe some birds and trees in the distance, I could not focus with clarity on anything with the satisfaction i had with the 8x42's. I tried multiple times adjusting the right eye piece to fit my vision, but no luck. After some time I got a headache from the blurry images and gave up. I was not impressed with their quality control. Reading further reviews they have terrible customer service. Rather than sending it to them, I would rather return through amazon and not deal with Vangaurd again. Would not recommend. Message me if you have any questions. 2Well worth the money....wait for a rebate to purchase! I was looking for a good budget pair of binos. I heard about the Vanguard Endeavor Series and read all the reviews and decided to try them out. I bought the Endeavor Ed 8420 8 42 with a $100 mail in rebate so they only cost me $150 with the rebate. I didn't think the extra $100 for the Hoya glass was worth it. I believe they are better than my dad's Leupolds Mojave and brother's Vortex Diamondback binoculars. I think they were a draw with my other brother's Vortex Viper binoculars. I thought they let in more light then the above three binoculars and they were just as clear or clearer. I compared them during the middle of the day with good light conditions. They are a little heavy; the locking diopter is nice and they have a good feel. Overall I was well pleased with these. 5As promised..... These were advertised on special at about 50% off AND there was a manufacturer rebate of $50 also. That worked out to about $150 for these binoculars. I bought two pairs. One for my wife and one for me. The rebate arrived about 3 weeks after we sent in for it. No hassle, just a nice check for $100. What a deal!Now for the product. I also have a pair of Fujinon techno-stabi 14X40 stabilization binoculars. These are $1,000 plus binoculars and are in a completely different class. However the Fuji's are too heavy and too expensive to just carry around in the car. These binoculars are a supplement to those.I do a lot of amateur nature watching and like to have binoculars handy. I have borrowed really expensive $2,000 binoculars from friends when in the field and these Vanguards are a close second. I really like them. They are clear and bright and easy to carry.If their great guarantee (anything except theft, no matter what or how) is as good as their quick rebate (ever wait forever for a manufacturer rebate?) I am impressed. 5Worth a Good Look I have carefully compared these Vanguard Endeavor ED binoculars (one pair each of 8x42 and 10x42) to a pair of Bushnell Legend Ultra 10x42 binoculars, all of which I purchased from Amazon. Aside from the difference in magnification, the two Vanguards are identical in appearance and function. Subsequent references to "Vanguards" include both magnifications. The Bushnells are similar to the Vanguards in design and features. The differences noted below are slight.In both brands, overall image sharpness, image-edge sharpness, and brightness are excellent. These are the most important features in any binoculars. I studied a frost-laced spider web at 100 feet, and the clarity was amazing in both binoculars. Advantage - Draw.Mechanical operation (main focus, interpupillary distance) -- The interpupillary distance adjustment (width), and the main focus are somewhat stiffer in the Bushnells. The main focus in the Bushnells is also a bit awkward to adjust because it has some slack that must be taken up when changing the direction of rotation of the focus wheel. By contrast, the Vanguards have no slack in the focus wheel, with immediate reaction of the focus when the wheel is turned. One reviewer noticed a faint clicking in the Bushnells when operating the main focus wheel. This is not a mechanical flaw in the adjustment mechanism, but merely a "creaking" of the rubber covering of the wheel against the plastic substrate of the wheel. Advantage - Vanguard.Diopter adjustment (right eye focus) -- The diopter ring on the Vanguards is much easier to operate than that on the Bushnells. The locking mechanism to prevent the diopter setting from being inadvertently changed is easily engaged or disengaged on the Vanguards, but difficult on the Bushnells. Due to some (very few) reviewers complaining of broken diopter rings on the Bushnells, I am very careful when adjusting the diopter. When focusing the Bushnell diopter I use thumb and forefinger; when locking or unlocking the ring, I use two fingers and a thumb. On the Vanguards I can easily do both tasks with thumb and forefinger. The Bushnell diopter ring is sufficiently stiff that once adjusted it is unlikely to be accidentally re-adjusted, so I simply don't lock the ring after setting the diopter. Update: Although the Bushnell diopter adjustment is becoming less stiff with use, it is still stiffer than the Vanguards. The problem with this stiffness, beyond the possibility of breaking the diopter ring, is that you are essentially holding the binoculars with one hand while your right hand is operating the diopter adjustment, and the significant torque required makes it difficult to hold the binoculars still enough to focus the right eye. Advantage - Vanguard.The twist-up eyecups on the Vanguards adjust incrementally with detents, and rise higher than those on the Bushnells. Those on the Bushnells have a more limited range, no detents, and the right eyecup rose noticeably higher than the left, so attention has to be paid to their respective levels. Advantage - Vanguard.Color accuracy -- Looking at a white snow bank in the flat light of a foggy day, the Vanguards had a slightly "warm" look, as compared to the stark white of the Bushnells. I stress that this difference was very slight, and noticeable at all only because I had both pairs of binoculars in hand at the same time. Advantage - Bushnell.Chromatic Aberration (CA) -- the various colors of the visible light spectrum are transmitted differently through a medium such as glass, water or air. In binoculars this can lead to a fringe of color around the edges of an object silhouetted against the background, typically a dark foreground object against a light background. Both the Vanguards and the Bushnells use ED glass, which stands for Extra-low Dispersion. ED glass reduces or eliminates CA by more narrowly focusing the different wave lengths of light onto the same point so that no color fringes appear. Because a small number of Amazon reviewers said they experienced chromatic aberration with one or the other of these binoculars, I tried to force my Vanguards and Bushnells to display CA by viewing dark tree branches and dark standing rocks silhouetted against the blue sky, sunlit white clouds, or snow. I did this with the foregrounds back-lighted, and then front-lighted, and in no case could I get either pair of binoculars to show chromatic aberration. As a check, I got out some of my cheap binoculars, and had no difficulty forcing them to display CA, especially toward the edges of the image. Update: today (29 May 2014) I was able to notice chromatic aberration in both the Vanguards and the Bushnells. Viewing a distant green, grassy hilltop, obliquely backlit and silhouetted against the blue sky, I could see a narrow color fringe on the hilltop only at the extreme upper limb of the field of view. In the Vanguards the color was purple, in the Bushnells it was orange. This is no hindrance to viewing, as it is in a non-critical portion of the field of view, occurs only under rare circumstances, and is barely noticeable even if you look for it. Advantage - Draw.The carrying cases both have zippered closures. The Bushnell case is a very nice semi-rigid clamshell design. Velcro tabs are provided to prevent the clamshell from falling completely open when the binoculars are taken out. The Vanguard case is a padded soft case with ballistic nylon outer cover, and about half as bulky as the Bushnell case. Unless bulkiness is a problem, the Bushnell case is better. Advantage - Bushnell.The Bushnells come with a binocular harness, which stores in the binocular case. Advantage - Bushnell.Both brands have nicely padded carrying straps that can be easily switched between the carry case and the binoculars. Advantage - Draw.Weight -- The Vanguards weigh 25.8 ounces, a little over 3 ounces more than the Bushnells. Advantage - Draw.Handling comfort -- I find the Vanguards to be slightly more comfortable, due to the "open bridge" two-hinge design where my index fingers are on the upper hinge and focus wheel, the middle and ring fingers curve over the binoculars between the hinges, and the little fingers rest on the lower hinge. The Bushnells have a single larger hinge, and the fingers are on the hinge, except for the little fingers, which rest below the hinge. Another reason that the Vanguards are more comfortable to hold is that they feature slightly flattened areas on the backs of each of the cylinders that form the body of the binoculars, located precisely where your thumbs are positioned when holding the binoculars. Most of the weight of binoculars is borne by your thumbs, and to see what difference this feature makes, slide your hands down toward the objective end, and note the additional pressure caused by the relatively narrow cross-section of the cylinder as compared to the broad area of contact afforded by the flattened areas. As comfort is a highly subjective feature, I would call it a Draw, and suggest that each user would have to assess the binoculars for personal comfort.The rubber covering on the Bushnells is ribbed for secure grip in wet conditions, or with gloves. It is thicker than that on the Vanguards, with slight "give" when pushed with a fingertip. The rubber covering on the Vanguards is pebbled grain, non-ribbed, and fits absolutely snugly. I find the Vanguard covering to be slightly more comfortable, but again this is subjective, and each user needs to evaluate it personally.Lens covers -- The lens covers for the eyepiece lenses are virtually identical. Those for the objective lenses are different in that the Bushnells have a relatively loose retainer ring, while the Vanguards have a tight retainer ring. Several reviewers mentioned the looseness of the Bushnell objective lens covers (particularly when open, hanging from their retainer rings), and one went so far as to hot-glue the retainers in place. A much simpler and very effective solution is to slide the side of the retainer ring which is opposite the hinge of the lens cover upward on the binoculars. This tightens the ring, and gives a long distance that the ring must move before it could fall off. What I like best about the Bushnell objective lens covers is the tab that makes finding and opening the cover very easy, even with gloves on. Update: (15 December 2014) my new pair of Vanguard 10x42 binoculars has tabs on the objective lens covers, so presumably the 8x42 models will now also have tabs. Advantage - Draw.As you can see from this listing of features, the Vanguard Endeavor ED, (both 8x42 and 10x42) and the Bushnell 10x42 Legend Ultra HD are close to equal. Each is available in both 10 and 8 power versions. I paid the same price for the two 10x42 models, and am pleased with both purchases. If the Vanguard Endeavor and the Bushnell Legend Ultra are on your list for consideration, I would recommend that you take the one that feels best in your hands, and/or that you can obtain at the most reasonable price. 5Excellent special purpose binoculars. I own an embarrassing number of binoculars. My wife and I have been birdwatchers since the mid-70's, I was an amateur large format film photographer and earned my living as a land surveyor. All optics, all the time, under the severest conditions and most demanding tasks. These make the grade. I wear glasses, eye relief perfect for me, eye cups adjust well for wife's contact lenses. Field of view very wide for this 10 power, ED glass gives very bright and true brilliant color. Ergonomics good for my large as well as wife's smaller hands. For what they offer, i.e., maximum exit pupil (light gathering ability) you can't get much lighter in weight. Every tool is a compromise.That said, I use these for shore birding where most observations occur at a distance of several hundred feet or more. Close encounters push these bins to their limits, as their lack of depth and width of field make tracking and focusing a real challenge. These 10x's are better than most of their type, but still do not come close to the facility and successful views obtained by nice, wider field 7x or 8x glasses. I would call these special purpose glasses and avoid them as my prime set, if I could only have one. Some people would disagree with me on that.The rebate came fast, within three weeks, I've waited months for others. 5Superb value for money An absolutely superb optical instrument for the price. I also own the Nikon ProStaff 10x42mm and Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42mm, and comparing the three similar-size instruments to each other, there's no doubt in my mind that if I could only have one, it would be this Vanguard unit.It's not a Zeiss or a Swarovski, but it's about as close as one can get to their quality without spending five to ten times as much. The clarity, light-gathering and ease of use are better than I expected. I'm also very happy with the magnification. The higher the power of the lens, the smaller the exit pupil ration (i.e. less light is transmitted through it). A 25% increase in magnification to 10x carries with it a penalty of a more than 20% drop in light transmission. That's one of the strong points of this 8x42mm size - its exit pupil ratio is 5.25, about as good as one can get in 'everyday' binoculars without going to marine 'night glasses', which are usually 7x50's (exit pupil ratio 7.14). I find that at dawn and dusk, when lesser binoculars struggle to gather enough light, these Vanguards do a splendid job for me.Highly recommended. 5best glasses I've used best glasses I've used.....looked thru leica's, swaro's, nikon's, etc....the differences are very slight, and the moneyrequired to purchase the better glass is ridiculous. I would say this however, if you in fact DO want something betterthan the HD - ED glass that's in these, go for the Vanguard ED II's, as they are Apochromatically corrected, andWILL give a better overall image.....the mechanics are great, as is the build quality....little heavy, I wouldn't recommend them for a weaker person, I'm68 yrs old and they're fine for me....I use them for all kinds of hunting, and birding.there is absolutely NOTHING any better for the Bucks, period.UPDATE :now for the bad part.....I bought these glasses about 2 MONTHS ago, and still haven't rec'd the rebate !I don't know what the problem is, but this kind of thing is NOT acceptable, at least not to me. The rebate was a large part of WHY I bought the glasses to begin with, and this really SUX people.Vanguard, you NEED to get with the program here !! 5the image quality in the Nikons is notably better. for her last year I picked up a pair of these and of the 8x40 Nikon monarch 7s. these are now my car binos and, when both of us are viewing, my partner's binos.she prefers these over the Nikons for the slightly increased magnification; I prefer the Nikon's feel in hand, extremely wide field, and greater depth of focus. for me, the image quality in the Nikons is notably better. for her, being able to have the field marks more visible is better than the overall "pretty" factor of the image. I think she also has steadier hands than I do - the 10x is more shaky in my hands, and I think for her that less of an issue.a few months ago, a coworker and I were both watching a a fairly unusual event, it appeared to be a satellite losing orbit. as this was occurring at about the same time as a comet was visible at night, I leant him the endeavors overnight to try seeing the comet with, and the next day had the Nikons with me.he had liked the view through these, but felt that the monarchs were a notable step up in quality as well.however - on sale, the vanguard binos are about half the price of the Nikons, and they're pretty good. we've wound up with each of us having a good set of binos we prefer. 4These are well worth the price! I bought these last year for $169 during a Black Friday sale. Since I've always wanted a good pair of binoculars I couldn't pass up such a great price. Even though I never heard of Vanguard my decision was based on the reviews from here and other sites.I have to say I do not regret the purchase one bit. The quality is obvious, even before looking through them. You can tell that Vanguard put a lot of thought into the design and material choices. I left them out in the rain once overnight, the eyecups were filled with water. All I did was pour out the water and they functioned perfectly!I've use these for daytime viewing and for viewing the night sky. They are an excellent choice for both. Compared to the typical Walmart binoculars the difference is night and day. They don't leave me with a feeling of wanting more if that makes sense. No blur in any part of the field of view, colors are excellent. They are transparent.The focus knob is a little sensitive, but I like that because I can focus quickly. For viewing the night sky I would recommend a tripod adapter, I made my own but Vanguard sells one here on Amazon.I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these to anyone looking for a good pair of binoculars. 5Good mid range glasses Nice and clear but magnification not as strong as expected. Good balance and nice and light. Nice size to handle. 3
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