Vanguard 10x42 Endeavor ED Binocular

Vanguard 10x42 Endeavor ED Binocular

Vanguard 10x42 Endeavor ED Binocular

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Product Highlights

  • Roof Prism
  • Fully Multi-Coated Lenses
  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
  • 65.3° Wide AAoV
  • Open-Bridge Design
  • Water and Fogproof
  • P2 Phase Coating
  • Anti-Reflection & V-Max Silver Coatings
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  • 1Description

The 10x42 Endeavor ED Binocular from Vanguard offers an ergonomic, open-bridge design with a large, ridged, central focusing knob for less weight and greater comfort. The fully multi-coated extra-low dispersion (ED) glass lenses reduce color dispersion while providing high-resolution color with increased light transmission, contrast, and clarity. Vanguard's V-Max Silver, Anti-reflection, and P2 Phase coatings provide near-perfect light reflection, which offers brighter, crisper images with sharper contrast.

The wide 6.5° angle of view, BAK4 roof prisms, and plethora of lens coatings make this binocular the choice for someone who values low weight and high optical quality. Nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed, the Endeavor ED is water and fogproof to take on challenging weather conditions.

As a 10x42, this binocular provides a high degree of magnification in a relatively compact device. The viewing angle is comfortably wide enough for distant scanning of shorebirds and unapproachable wildlife, and the eye relief of 16.5mm allows users a more comfortable view of the binocular's entire field.

ED glass lenses render the full spectrum of color
Ergonomic, open-bridge design for a comfortable and attractive form factor
BAK4 roof prisms with P2 Phase coating provide high-contrast, high-clarity viewing
Twist-up eyecups and a singular ocular dioptic corrector simplify sharing of the unit
Wide 6.5° angle of view allows a lot more landscape to be contemplated with one appraisal
V-Max Silver and Anti-reflection lens coatings ensure excellent contrast, brightness, and clarity
Fully multi-coated optics mean multiple layers on all air-to-glass surfaces for a brighter, higher-contrast image with less eyestrain
In the Box
Vanguard 10x42 Endeavor ED Binocular
  • Carrying Bag with Strap
  • Strap
  • Push-On Tethered Objective Caps
  • Eyepiece Rainguard
  • Lens Cloth
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Prism Type Roof
    Magnification 10  x
    Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
    Angle of View 6.5° (Actual)
    Field of View 341.2' @ 1000 yd / 113.7 m @ 1000 m
    Minimum Focus Distance 8.2' / 2.5 m
    Exit Pupil Diameter 4.2 mm
    Eye Relief 16.5 mm
    Focus Type Center
    Tripod Mount Yes
    Dimensions 6.1 x 5.1 x 5.1" / 154.0 x 130.0 x 130.1 mm
    Weight 1.61 lb / 730.28 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.4 lb
    10x42 Endeavor ED Binocular is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 57.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professional Quality Reasonable Price I was truly surprised and amazed how good these bins are for the size of the investment. I am a professional photographer used to very high quality optics and used to looking at expensive glass - no need to with these! For 1/10th of the price of very high end glass, these bins do more than you might normally expect! Fast and easy focus, excellent ergonomics, nice style, very good glass and very, very well priced! In my opinion, simply put, the added cost of highest end glass does not improve your optics by enough of a margin to make that higher investment worthwhile relative to these. Buy them - you'll love them!
    Date published: 2014-08-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As expected-excellent I've been a Vanguard fanboy since I picked up their $30 tripod at Kmart around 1990,and was amazed at their quality for what I was paying.After 2 decades of use,I moved up to 2 models of their tripods and ballheads and couldn't be happier-great quality and thoughtful design. These 10x42 binos continue that tradition.These are a Christmas gift,so they have only been checked briefly, but collimation seems to be spot on,CA is well controlled, eye relief and ergonomics are comfortable(for me anyway).love the locking diopter ring and captive objective caps.and they're very pretty! box says magnesium body. very nicely detailed materials.
    Date published: 2013-11-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bang For Buck This is my first real set of binoculars, prior to purchasing the Endeavor ED 10x42 I always had the el cheapo bino's from * or your local outdoor store--no more than $50.I debated which pair to get: 8x42 or 10x42. I opt'd for the farther reach of the 10x magnification and don't regret it. The first place I tested it was the zoo and it was a completely different experience. I spent over half an hour watching various outdoor and indoor exhibits.The Good: If you plan to spend less than $500, you'd be hard pressed to find a better pair that has the long laundry list of features on this pair of binoculars has.The Bad: I have noticed chromatic aberration (purple fringing) on branches and leaves/foliage, especially in daylight sunny conditions but it doesn't bother me very much.If you're picky about having a 100% chromatic aberration free sight picture, plan to drop a few extra hundred dollars but if you can live with it, well worth your money.
    Date published: 2014-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vanguard Endeavor ED Binoculars This is a review for both the Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 and 8x42 binoculars. I purchased them both on deals. The following comments apply to both binoculars, except as noted. These binoculars are well-built, come in a fine (but tight) carrying case with an excellent neck strap and microfiber cleaning cloth. The neck strap can be easily attached to either the binoculars or the carrying case, which provides some usage versatility. The eyepieces are comfortable and have multiple stops for varying levels of eye relief, that is, they work fine with or without glasses. The center focusing is very quick, about 3/4 (270 degrees) for close-up to infinity. This takes a little getting used to, since initially there is a tendency to overcompensate the adjustment. However, with just a little practice, the quick adjustment turns into a benefit, not a deficit. The close-up focus distance was about 6.5 feet, well under the advertised distance. The diopter adjustment is easy to use and locks in place. All of the above characteristics are as good as may be found in the very best binoculars. Now regarding the optics, the focused images are quite clear. The sweet spot is large, covering maybe 75% of the field of view. As you move to the edge there is only a very slight softening of the image on the 8x42's (significant at maybe the outer 5%), but a little more on the 10x42's (significant at maybe about the outer 15%), neither of which is of much consequence. This softening would not be found in alpha level binoculars. The depth of field is about average as is the field of view. The color rendition is excellent. There are many characteristics of binoculars which are important. Arguably, light transmission is at the top of the list, since brightness, more than any other characteristic, defines the quality level of the binocular. Now I have an old pair of Nikon Porros which are quite bright. I have compared them to Bushnell H2Os as well as the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD, but the Nikon is noticeably brighter than either. When I received the Vanguards, I was delighted to see that both pairs are brighter than the Nikon binoculars. Actually, this is quite an achievement, leading to truly excellent viewing at dusk and on really overcast days. I have viewed alpha level binoculars and the brightness on these Vanguards would give them a run for their (much more expensive) money. The major problem with these binoculars is with chromatic aberration (fringing). This occurs only in exceptionally bright light against a very dark surface (such as a dark tree branch against a very bright sky). Even under those circumstances, it is not present (or maybe occasionally barely present) in the center of the field of vision, but appears as one looks toward the periphery. Since the effect is mild, I do not deem this problem to be a deal breaker. It is a shame though, because these binoculars are otherwise performing at almost an alpha level. Additionally, there is, on rare occasions, some flaring at the very bottom of the field of vision. This is due, I believe, to light reflecting from my face; if I bring the binoculars closer to my eyes, the flaring goes away and I therefore consider this to be a non-issue. These are quite remarkable binoculars for the price and are a pleasure to use. They come with a no-fault lifetime warranty. I believe that they are comparable to binoculars in at least the $500 to $800 range, so they were quite a bargain. In view of the above, and notwithstanding the minor flaws, I give these binoculars five stars.
    Date published: 2013-12-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Binoculars Pros: Small, not to heavy, nice grip, nice and clear image Cons: shaky....? The binoculars are wonderful, this ones are my first pair. I was advised for the shaky situation, but I can hold it w/out any problem. Probably for someone like me, w/out any experience, the better option is 8x42. The item is no to much heavy. My wife has the opportunity to use it and... she like it!!. Pouch and strap look fine, but hanging any device in the shoulder or neck is a pain. We are not using the pouch/bag just because we got the X vortex (recommended). Overall, Happy with the new toy.
    Date published: 2017-05-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic binoculars, with one small problem for us I purchased (and returned, more on that later) a pair of Vanguard Endeavor ED 10X42s for my wife to replace a pair of Audubon Equinox 10X42s with a damaged (but usable due to a field repair) focus knob. We're pretty avid birders with a big trip coming up soon, I was nervous about my field fix holding if the binos got knocked around so felt like it was time to replace them. At the same time, I really wanted to upgrade her optics. I had a couple of significant restrictions when considering her replacements though. 1) We're not rich. With trip costs mounting, we needed something fairly inexpensive. I was willing (reluctantly) to go up into the $- range, but really wanted to be in the $- range. 2) She suffers from back pain and needs a light pair of binoculars. 3) I wanted better optics for her, not just something equivalent to what she has 4) She has a very narrow interpupilary distance (about 50mm) and not all binoculars close together tight enough to work for her. After much research, the choice really came down to the Vanguard Endeavor EDs and the Nikon Monarch 7s (also ED glass). The Endeavors were, on paper, 2 ounces heavier than the Equinoxes they would be replacing, but in the end, we decided that at half the price, the Endeavors were worth a shot. We could test the Monarch's locally, but I couldn't find a store that carried the Endeavors so I had to order them on-line. At home, in good and poor light, I compared the Endeavor ED 10X42s to her Audubon Equinox 10X42s and my much more expensive (but older) Pentax WP 10X42s. At a local store, we compared the Endeavor ED 10X42s to Nikon Monarch 7 10X42s. With that background behind us, the results . . . 1) Cost. For what you get, these binos are a phenomenal value. I wouldn't say that the Monarch 7s are worth twice the price, though to be fair, we weren't able to compare the two in poor light. Perhaps the Monarchs would have shown their worth in poor conditions. 2) The weight. My wife's Audubon Equinoxes spec'd at 23.4 ounces but actually weigh 25.5 oz. The Endeavor EDs spec at 25.75 oz. but actually weight 27.7 oz. they were heavier than we wanted, but she felt she could live with it. Still, I was disappointed that the weight wasn't reported accurately. 3) Optical quality. One word: wow. Or rather, for the price, or even twice the price, wow. The Audubon Equinoxes couldn't hold a candle to the Vanguard Endeavors in any category in any lighting conditions. In good light, especially at long distances or back-lit situations, the Vanguard Endeavors were clearly better than even my more expensive Pentax WPs, both in terms of sharpness and clarity, and perhaps a bit in color accuracy, but there was no clear winner in that last category. In low light, all the way to near dark, the difference between the two narrowed a bit but the Endeavors still clearly prevailed. If we had kept them, she would have had binos superior to mine in every way. Next we took them to a local store and compared them to the Nikon Monarch 7s. Unfortunately, we could only test them in the relatively good light of the store, and I really couldn't tell a difference between the two, other than the Nikons are more compact and they seemed lighter. 4) Interpupilary distance. What killed these binos for us was the interpupilary distance. They were ALMOST but not quite narrow enough for my wife. If she was looking through them just right, she didn't see a dark area in the center of her field of view, but it was hard to keep them in the sweet spot. She felt that she could get used to it, but my reason for persuading her to return them was that she will have these binoculars for a long time and I don't want her to have something that she has to fight with all the time. This was really the only reason why we returned the binoculars. Again, her interpupilary distance is about 50 mm, as measured by me not by an optometrist. The worst part of this is that Vanguard could EASILY improve the low-end interpupilary distance of these binos, as the limiting factor is not the barrels as is often the case, but with the hinges. I even toyed with the thought of using a dremmel to grind the hinge down to make it close more, but I couldn't quite bring myself to do it. Other thoughts: Some people complain about how quickly the focus wheel changes the focus. Both my wife and I really liked how quickly the knob rolled through the entire range of focus. It does mean that only slight rotations change the focus more significantly than many other binos, but the mechanism is made well enough that really minute, precise changes are not difficult to make. When we shifted from a bird in our yard to a hawk over the mountain, we were able to focus on each quickly and accurately. Even though we opted not to keep them (darn interpupilary distance!!), I am HIGHLY impressed the Vanguard Endeavor EDs and will certainly recommend them to anyone looking for binoculars, at almost any price. (Epilogue: My wife ended up buying a pair of REI 10X32 ED binoculars that are half the weight, super compact and really nice as well. In good light they are way better than what she had, and in bad light they are very slightly better. But she's so happy about the weight savings that all in all they're a good upgrade. She's happy, so I'm happy. The REI 10X32 EDs are even slightly better (clarity and color) than my Pentax WPs in good light, though the WPs have a slight edge in really low light. )
    Date published: 2015-11-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from After 3 Months of Heavy Use I wanted to field test these binoculars before rating and writing a review. I have now used them on at least 100 bird survey outings and am satisfied I made the right choice. There had been some complaints about the precise focus and to me it is an asset. A tip is to be conscious of the range you have the focus set before snapping up the binoculars to view a subject. So I focus on something 50' away and then I know which way to turn the focus wheel if a bird appears at 25' or if it appears at 100'. Also I found the focus easy to operate in cold weather, my previous binocular's focus wheel became stiff on cold outings and I lost more than a few opportunities because of this. I was advised to stay with an 8x42 for birding as it can be difficult to find a bird in the narrower field of vision of a 10x42. But another tip is to instead initially seek a larger object near the bird, crotch of a tree, dead branch and then find the smaller bird within that field of view. I was loosing many sightings before I learned to do this and the benefit of a 10x40 is that the bird is viewed in greater detail assuring proper identification. Also I've positively ID'ed birds at birds at much greater distances. Two minor problems so if I could I would rate this 4 1/2 stars. First, I removed the attached rubber lens caps. Dozens of times I lost split-second sightings when one of the caps would flip over a front lens when I drew up the binoculars. Second, particularly the right eye lens would recess back into the binocular body while I was walking and too many times I lost an important sighting because of this. It was a simple fix, I removed the rubber eye piece and this never happened afterwards. No fogging or lens problems. Would not hesitate buying them again.
    Date published: 2017-06-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A dream come true... I got many recommendations about the vanguard endeavor. Well, what can I say? they were right!I use the binos for birding and sometimes even looking at insects. It provides amazing brightness and sharpness with almost no vignetting and chromatics. 'Till now I used bushnell binoculars, and suddenly, with the endeavor, silhouettes became livinig, colorful objects! The focus is amazing, and the diopter is even good for a mess eye like me. It's also great for glasses.Long story short, buy it and get swarowsky quality in a vanguard body...The only con is all the other birders want to take it for a round!
    Date published: 2012-12-10
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