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Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED Binocular

B&H # VASED8420 MFR # SPIRIT ED 8420 USA
Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED Binocular

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  • Roof Prism
  • ED Glass Lenses
  • Waterproof
  • Fogproof
  • 6.3° Angle of View
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You Pay: $194.99

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The Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED Binocular is their lightest roof prism model with ED glass lenses and full multicoating; the rubber armored housing comes in at an impressive ~1.3 lbs (600g), but doesn't skimp at all upon the optics.  This is the choice for someone who values low weight and high optical quality over a more metal-based housing which weighs more but can be knocked around a bit.

Unlike a hunter's binocular, Vanguard has given the Spirit multicoatings which target the green color spectrum, for enhanced nature observation.  The waterproof and fogproof Spirit has moisture-dispersing external coatings which help to shed precipitation quickly.

The 8x42 configuration is the most popular 'classic' choice for those wanting to own a single full size binocular.  Most people can comfortably hold an 8x power unit for extended periods without fatigue; many cannot easily keep a 10x binocular steady.  The 8x42 also provides a wider field of view than 10x42s, allowing an easier time of keeping fast-moving subjects in your vision.

Fully multicoated ED glass lenses with Emerald coatings to render full spectrum of color within green tones (essential for nature observation)
HydroGuard external hydrophobic coating upon objectives allows easier cleaning, dust/dirt resistance, and better observation in wet weather conditions
V-Max Silver coating upon P2 phase-coated BaK4 prisms for high reflectivity
Twist-up eyecups simplify sharing unit
Rubber-armored light weight housing
Discreet dark green finish won't startle wildlife
Prism Type Roof
Magnification 8x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Angle of View 6.3°
Field-of-View 330' @ 1000 yd / 109.56 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 8.2' / 2.50 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 5.3  mm
Eye Relief 19  mm
Interpupillary Adjustment Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dioptric Correction Not Specified By Manufacturer
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount Yes
Dimensions 5.1 x 5.7" / 12.95 x 14.48  cm
Weight 1.32 lb / 599 g
Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED Binocular
  • Case with Strap & Belt Loop
  • Strap
  • Push-On Objective Caps
  • Eyepiece Rainguard
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Vanguard8x42 Spirit ED Binocular
     
    4.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quality lenses (7)
    • Strong construction (7)
    • Compact (5)
    • Waterproof (5)
    • Close focus (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife viewing (7)
      • Bird watching (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

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      4.0

      Vanguard binoculars were a great value.

      By JDW

      from Vancouver, WA

      Comments about Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED Binocular:

      The Spirit ED glasses had features that more expensive ones had and with some they did not. Very pleased with the quality!

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      5.0

      Excellent choice

      By Quique

      from Hallstead, PA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hunting
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED Binocular:

        I am using it for traveling and hunting, the clarity of the image is remarkable

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Safari Ready

        By GWH - Great White Hunter

        from The Viilages

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction
        • Works Well With Glasses

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED Binocular:

          Purchased the Spirit Ed binocular for our pending safari. The rugged construction, moisture/dust resistance, and light gathering ability all indicate that these were a great choice.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Spirit ED Binocular

          By Jay-O

          from Southeast Virginia

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED Binocular:

            Got them for my wife for bird watching. Not to heavy but good feel. Easy for to pick-up on how to operate. Do be aware the eyepiece cover is not completely captive and could be lost.
            Good value.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Vanguard Spirit ED Binoculars

            By Newtonian1

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Flimsy lens caps

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED Binocular:

            I intend to use these for safari and birding. I read multiple reviews and visited many binocular websites to understand the pros and cons of various binoculars. For the price ($50 rebate currently in effect) these are a very good value, and I couldn't find any other binoculars with other ED glass in this price range. They are toward the low end in terms of weight for 8x42 binoculars. They are easy to focus and the eyecups are easy to use with or without glasses. There are other products out there with wider field of view, which is nice, but the combination of price, features, and optics is what brought me to buy these. So far, I'm not disappointed. If I had to nitpick, the lens caps are very cheap feeling and likely to get lost.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Very nice binocular

            By Monk

            from Louisville, KY

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Hunting
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED Binocular:

              This is a very sturdy binocular with great optics and light weight. The focusing is precise and quick. The unit comes with two straps which can double as binocular straps. The case is well built as well. The use of ED glass and the price makes this a no-brainer purchase.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Vanguard Spirit ED 8x42

              By Marimbadad

              from New England

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bird Watching
                • Wildlife Viewing

                Comments about Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED Binocular:

                Plan to use for birding and safari
                Excellent optics for the price -- it is almost impossible to find ED glass at this price point!
                Good compromise between weight and brightness/field of view. These are among the lightest 8x42 binoculars available. More compact binocs (e.g. 8x28) will be much lighter, but not as bright and will have a narrower field of view.
                The focusing is very aggressive (only 3/4 turn possible), which in theory could be a problem for fine focusing, but I've not found that to be the case.
                Only negative is that the lens caps are flimsy and could easily be lost.

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                • No

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                4.0

                great quality for the price!

                By johnkmt

                from western montana

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Close Focus
                • Compact
                • Quality Lenses
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bird Watching
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Comments about Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED Binocular:

                  i got these for closer focus and easier handling than my porro-prism 10X50s, without giving up brightness. they aren't much lighter but handle much better. very sharp and just as bright. the roll-up eyecups and tight folding work well for my narrow-and-deep set eyes.
                  very well-built; smooth and firm in all movements,
                  green coating seems useless but is not distracting when using

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                  • No

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                  Straps, Lanyards & Harnesses

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                  Keep your optics secure and at the ready with a strap, lanyard or harness.

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                  • You Pay: $10.99
                   
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                  Cleaning & Anti-Fog

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