- Jun 29 3:08 pm
I won a pair of 8x42 Vortex Diamondback binoculars around 5 or 6 years ago. At the time I had been buying and rather quickly destroying 10x42 Bushnell Legends - worst eyecups ever! I probably went through three in maybe 5 or 6 years. It was appalling, but they were around the price and quality that I wanted. I had hear murmurings about Vortex and their warranty, so I was quite taken aback when I won the 8x42 Diamondback bins at the Brant Festival up in Parksville. I knew their price point was a fair bit less than 10x42 Bushnell Legends, so I was shocked at how well they performed. I stopped taking out my pair of Bushnells immediately and the Diamondbacks became my go-to pair. If the optical quality wasn't enough already, you can imagine my surprise when I took those binoculars with everywhere I went for around 5 years before the optics slowly got out of alignment and were no longer sharp. I decided to treat myself to a pair of Vortex Razor 10x42 binoculars last fall (unfortunately just after our dollar tanked). I had intended to send my Vortex Diamondbacks in to test out the rather legendary warranty (which is starting to become more of a standard), but I didn't have time before my trip to Arizona. Well... my new Razors had one faulty part that broke, luckily on the last day of my trip just as I was about to head to the airport to fly home. Vortex was very good about the whole thing - I sent in both pairs of binoculars together, free of charge because the Razors were new and they understood I shouldn't be on the line to ship them. I received a brand new pair of Razors and a few weeks later I had my Diamondbacks back. The Diamondbacks appeared to get new lenses and a nice crisp realignment - impressively sharp for the price point! If you read reviews, you'll find they are regarded as a very solid value for money.
I have read that 8x42 is the way to go for the Diamondbacks - if you're getting 10x42, you should be getting better glass because you need extra light and clarity with the extra magnification. It seems like they discontinued the old style and now have a 2016 model, which might have made a bit of a price jump. There is a chance ordering them from the US might save you some money (as I see your link was amazon.com rather than amazon.ca), but I am not sure what kind of hassle you're in for if and when you need to use the warranty.
I don't know if there is anything useful in all that I've written, but I think Vortex is a solid choice and the Diamondbacks are a great value.