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Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular

B&H # NI8X42T Mfr # 8220
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Wateproof & Fogproof
  • Roof Prism
  • 6.9° Angle of View

The Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB is a slim yet rugged binocular. It is fogproof, waterproof and delivers high optical performance. This binocular is a good choice for outdoor enthusiasts. Its multicoated optics produces crisp and sharp views. The 8x42 Trailblazer features BaK4 prism to deliver excellent image quality and accurate color. This series uses arsenic free Eco-Glass optics and is truly environmentally friendly.

Note! Covered by Nikon's 25-year no-fault repair/replacement policy

100% Waterproof and fogproof; nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed
Lead and arsenic free Eco-Glass optics
Wide field of view
Rugged rubber armored body
Turn-and-slide eyecups
Prism Type Roof
Magnification 8x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Angle of View 7.0° (actual)
Field-of-View 367' @ 1000 yd / 121.84 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 16.40' / 5 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 5.2  mm
Eye Relief 20  mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 56 - 72 mm / 2.20 - 2.83"
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount None
Dimensions 5.16 x 2.20 x 6.06" / 13.11 x 5.59 x 15.39  cm
Weight 23.63 oz / 670 g
Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular
  • Case
  • Strap
  • Eyepiece Rainguard
  • Push-On Objective Caps
  • 25-Year Limited Warranty
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    Nikon8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular
     
    4.6

    (based on 52 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quality lenses (39)
    • Strong construction (32)
    • Works well with glasses (28)
    • Lightweight (25)
    • Compact (23)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife viewing (36)
    • Bird watching (33)
    • Sporting events/concerts (21)
    • Hunting (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (40), Avid adventurer (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (42), Yes (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Everything I expeccted and more

    I purchased this pair of binoculars due to three reasons:
    * Price (really reasonable)
    * Function - 8X magnification fog proof and water proof
    * Quality - Nikon made and limited...Read complete review

    I purchased this pair of binoculars due to three reasons:
    * Price (really reasonable)
    * Function - 8X magnification fog proof and water proof
    * Quality - Nikon made and limited life time warranty

    We went down to San Diego for the weekend and I need a pair of binoculars for whale watching. Prior to the trip I used it for bird watching on the Huntington Beach marsh land. The binoculars did not disappoint. It was clear and easy to use. During the whale watching trip, I could trace the whales across the water surface without any problems. One of the best purchase I have ever made.

    The worst thing about the binoculars are the lenses covers. I made the mistake of attaching them to the neck strap rather than storing them in the padded storage. We lost one of the lenses cover at the end of the day.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Disappointing perforance

    I will be returning these binoculars. I was looking for a lightweight alternative to the Nikon 8x40 Extreme Action, which sells for the same price range. The Trailblazer was indeed lightweight, but with...Read complete review

    I will be returning these binoculars. I was looking for a lightweight alternative to the Nikon 8x40 Extreme Action, which sells for the same price range. The Trailblazer was indeed lightweight, but with a roof prism, the Trailblazer just doesn't compare with Extreme Action, with its porro prism, in performance. The images were not as sharp, and I had difficulties focusing with the Trailblazer.

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    3.0

    poor front and back and eye cover

    By Avian photographer

    from South East Asia

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Works Well With Glasses

    Cons

    • Caps Unstable
    • Heavy
    • Poor Construction
    • Unstable

    Best Uses

    • Bird Watching
    • Hunting
    • Sporting Events/Concerts
    • Wildlife Viewing

    Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

    The bino is good, vision is clear and works to its intention. However, i feel it won't last long. The reason is there is no good system of securing or keeping the front and back caps. Also, the soft rubber of the pull/push eye piece could come out while the bino is still inside the carrying case.

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    • No

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    5.0

    excellent low cost binocular

    By Chip

    from Cypress, CA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Quality Lenses
    • Waterproof
    • Works Well With Glasses

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sporting Events/Concerts
      • Wildlife Viewing

      Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

      I used it on a recent trip to Bryce Canyon National Park. The binocular worked great. It provided bright and clear views. It is an excellent value.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Better than expected

      By Island Way

      from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Close Focus
      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction
      • Waterproof
      • Works Well With Glasses

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

        Taking these on safari in Africa. They are light weight, pack easily and the optics are terrific. I highly recommend these binoculars. By the way, they are also recommended by others which is how I found this particular brand and model.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Everything I expected from Nikon and B&H

        By Gary

        from Virginia

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Close Focus
        • Compact
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction
        • Waterproof
        • Works Well With Glasses

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sporting Events/Concerts

          Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

          Optics are great for the price

          This is my second pair of Nikon binoculars and I could not be more pleased

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          EXCELLENT BUY THE 8X42 TRAILBLAZERS

          By WESTOFNEPTUNE

          from LAS VEGAS

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Close Focus
          • Quality Lenses
          • Waterproof
          • Works Well With Glasses

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Sporting Events/Concerts
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

            EXCELLENT NIKON QUALITY , CLARITY AND COMFORT IN HANDS. THE BEST PRICE ON THE PLANET GOT THESE FOR [$] AND FREE SHIPPING! I WANTED THE VORTEX BUT THEY WERE NOT AFFORDABLE BUT I AM NOT DISAPPOINTED WITH THE NIKON TRAILBLAZERS!!! BUY THESE THEY WILL NOT DISAPPOINT YOU!!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Good Binocular

            By BigJer

            from Ohio

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

              Good for birding / wildlife.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great value binoculars

              By Mike

              from New York

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                    I was looking for well priced but good quality binoculars to replace those that my wife lost on a trip. These binoculars fit the bill perfectly. They were very well priced on sale and were just what I was looking for. They are rugged, a good size, easy to operate/focus and give great clarity. I use them regularly and am only irritated by having to take off the lens caps and replace them after use. I use them mostly to observe activity on the Hudson river from our apartment and for a variety of viewing/observing needs when we travel.

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                    5.0

                    Great optics, awesome for birding

                    By Ohio Shawn

                    from Ohio

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Waterproof
                    • Works Well With Glasses

                    Cons

                    • Lens covers

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird Watching
                    • Sporting Events/Concerts
                    • Wildlife Viewing

                    Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                    I use this primarily for birding, where they excel. The crisp images and color resolution let me identify birds, even in low light. These may not have the same amount of coatings on the optics as the Monarchs, but I have used both and honestly cant tell the difference. Both have issues with a wee bit of fuzziness around the edges of the viewing area, but in the center 90% of the area you are viewing in these, the images are going to be clear. Because they are 8x mag instead of the more popular 10x, they are easier to follow moving birds due to the much wider field of view.I used these in a rainstorm and nothing happened to them at all, not even fogging up.Pros: 8x mag level is just right for sports or birdshousing is really impact and water resistantneck strap is comfortable optics are great$$ is goodCons: the rear lens covers dont attach to the neckstrap like the front ones do, making them easy to lose. I just leave them in the case, though.

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                    5.0

                    amazing

                    By kazuca

                    from new york

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Bird Watching

                      Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                      i love birding and this is the tool that i needed
                      im so happy with it

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                      5.0

                      clear lenses well made product.

                      By wayne

                      from long island ny

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Lenses
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Waterproof

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                          easily adjust to the shape of your eyes, smooth focusing very clear images. Well Made product well worth the money

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great deal for great binoculars

                          By SWT Bobcat

                          from Magnolia, TX

                          About Me Avid Adventurer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Waterproof

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Bird Watching
                            • Hunting
                            • Sporting Events/Concerts
                            • Wildlife Viewing

                            Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                            I have a pair of 8 x 56 Vortex Vulture binoculars, but wanted these as a cheap pair to keep in my truck. Got them for $[$] total, and for that price think I got a great deal. They feel great in your hands, are clear, decent case, strap and eye pieces. They are not as clear as my Vortex, but considering they were $[$] verses $400 for my Vortex, they hold up pretty well. Great deal, very happy with the product.

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                            4.0

                            its good enough!

                            By COMPELLING

                            from NY,NY

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Close Focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Quality Lenses
                            • Waterproof

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Bird Watching
                              • Wildlife Viewing

                              Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                              I bought this binocular for seeing the opera and ballet, of course, Nikon's name is the quality assurance, this binocular is very clear, and the moderate weight let it's very comfortable in your hand. But the lens is still small for me because I hope the lens range can see more things on the stage. I believe the lens will good enough for those who only see the birds.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Keeping these in the car!

                              By Spellana

                              from Sacramento, CA and Spello, Italia

                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Quality Lenses
                              • Strong Construction
                              • Waterproof
                              • Works Well With Glasses

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sporting Events/Concerts
                                • Spotting For Photography
                                • Wildlife Viewing

                                Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                                I have stronger and larger binoculars for other uses, but these are tack sharp, easy to focus quickly, and small enough to carry around. I was looking for even smaller binoculars, but these turned out to be so wonderful that I won't be exchanging them--I'll be keeping them handy!

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                                5.0

                                Great Value

                                By Jose

                                from Carrollton, Virginia

                                About Me Avid Adventurer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Quality Lenses
                                • Strong Construction
                                • Waterproof

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Bird Watching
                                  • Hunting
                                  • Sporting Events/Concerts
                                  • Wildlife Viewing

                                  Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                                  I bought them as gifts to game wardens in Kenya. They are poorly paid and equipped. These sturdy binoculars may help catching some poachers. They are bright and sturdy. Do not find any fault considering the cost.

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                                  4.0

                                  Adequate for Birding

                                  By HAMuse

                                  from Washington DC

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Waterproof
                                  • Works Well With Glasses

                                  Cons

                                  • Bulky
                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Bird Watching
                                  • Wildlife Viewing

                                  Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                                  Very clear, non-fogging and robust binoculars. I bought these waterproof glasses for use kayaking. They are a tad heavy and bulky — I will stick to my compact Bushnell 7x26 for walks...

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                                  4.0

                                  kanon

                                  By Elaola

                                  from Falkenberg, Sweden

                                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Hunting

                                      Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                                      A good pair of binoculars for a really good money. Shall wear it when I'm hunting, maybe a little heavy but for the price, it's no problem.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great product

                                      By Maryan

                                      from Troy, MI

                                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                                            All of the features work great.

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                                            • Yes

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                                            5.0

                                            Nice product

                                            By wagnerfonseca

                                            from Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

                                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Quality Lenses
                                            • Works Well With Glasses

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Wildlife Viewing

                                              Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                                              Bought to use in a cruise ship. Very good for amateurs like me. I was able to see the landscape perfectly!

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                                              4.0

                                              Great Binocular with very good price

                                              By Sach Only

                                              from Irvine, CA

                                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Quality Lenses
                                              • Strong Construction
                                              • Waterproof
                                              • Works Well With Glasses

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Bird Watching
                                                • Hunting
                                                • Sporting Events/Concerts
                                                • Wildlife Viewing

                                                Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                                                This a waterproof, fogproof binocular from Nikon with no tax and free shipping from B&H.

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                                                • No

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                                                4.0

                                                great binoculars!

                                                By danielk

                                                from los angeles, ca

                                                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Bird Watching

                                                    Comments about Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB Binocular:

                                                    bought as a gift (for bird watching) and response has been nothing but positive. also, bh price was much lower than @.

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