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Perhaps I'm behind the curve. I didn't know till cruising SWFA'S Web site that Trijicon has hung out their binocular shingle.
I have tremendous respect for the name but does anyone have any information? When did this happen? Has it been reviewed etc and just how good is the product?
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Gents, in a moment of weakness I ordered a Trijicon binocular. It is the 10x42 model. I haven't yet made an evaluation but a cursory run thru tells me this is quality glass.

The one weakness I have already encountered is the warranty. Not bad, but in comparison with most other top tear optics the warranty is weak... "Limited lifetime... ", meaning not transferable. This surprises me to the point that I almost returned it without opening, however, the opportunity to learn nudged me, so I opened and will form an opinion shortly.
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I too am interested.
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I saw them at SHOT.  They seemed to be pretty decent LOW made binos.  I am a little surprised they did not put a reticle in there.

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There are a few cosmetic details like the diopter ring, hinge shape, focus knob shape, strap tether ring shape, and overall proportions that looks to me like it could be a variation of the Kowa BD42 with different rubber armor.

Is this just coincidence or...?
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I spent a few hours with the Trijicon and others during the past few days. Let me cover a few bases before I begin;

I am not an optics expert. I have a better knowledge than the common layman but not nearly on par with many of you who read this.  My primary interest is hunting and shooting, however, I glass for hours and shoot for seconds during a hunting trip. This has demanded my attention toward quality glass in an attempt to avoid eye strain and headaches.

I will not use all the descriptive terminology unique to the optics industry, however, I hope communication will be clear.

Also, since my shirt sleeve analysis will be conducted over a period of time I will need several frames so please be patient.

I do not have an array of binoculars to compare, however, the following will be those I reference;

Nikon Monarch       8 x 42
Leupold Yosemite  8 x 35
Swarovski  CL        8 x 35
Swarovski EL         8 x 42

In case you haven't noticed, I'm an 8x sort of guy. The Trijicon is a 10 x 42 and acclimation is a process.

I will cover just the basics in this frame.

The basic pros; The magnesium housing is strong and relatively light. The eye cups are adjustable from being totally recessed to half extend to fully extended.

Focal adjustment is smooth, tension is consistent. Same with the diopter adjustment dial. Quality all the way.

The interpupulary distance is aptly adjusted, with just the appropriate amount of tension. Better a bit too small than a bit too great.

I really like the harness Trijicon included with the bino, secures the unit firmly on my chest readily avaialble.

Nice lens covers for both ocular and objective lenses (tethered).

Basic cons: One item that should always accompany a new binocular is a case. Trijicon, for whatever reason did not include a case with this binocular. Irritating to say the least. They will sell you one for $50 but...

The ergonomics are good, I would not call them exceptional... but good. However, I am keeping in mind that I am accustomed to my  Monarch that sports perfectly round barrels. So do the Swaros.

The Trijicon has ridges on the underside extending most of the length of the barrels, for what reason I'm not sure, not a big deal but if I had my 'druthers the underside would be smooth and rounded.

At first sighting, this unit is clear and bright. These are relative terms; sharper and brighter by a good degree than my old Monarch (which is well above average) on par with my Swaro CL and not quite as bright as the Swaro EL but seems to be as sharp.

That's it for now, a little more testing and practical use will take a few days.

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Good feedback, WF! Thanks for posting your observations!
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This frame will be short.

I have subdivided my "testing" into two categories, the binocular itself and the magnification, which is 10x. This is because I have utilized 8x optics for many years and this became a factor as I broke in to the 10x world.

I have used and tested the Trijicon enough to know that I like the chassis a great deal. Not as clear as my Swaro EL but very clear and very sharp. So, why not employ the Swaro EL and forget about anything else? More about this in another frame.

I have used and tested the magnification enough to know that I prefer 8x. So I am returning the Trijicon 10x42 and will replace it with a Trijicon  8x42. After becoming acclimated to the 10x I still prefer the lower 8x. The field of view will be a bit more expansive and, my inclination is that most all other dynamics will be somewhat improved as well. 

The degree of stability is another factor. While 10x presents a good picture which can be relatively stable, even freehand, the added 2x does add some wobble that is undetected in the 8x picture in all my other models by comparison.

After a few hours, and many tests, I have made this decision. The name of my game is clarity, which in my opinion, trumps magnification especially for general use.

I look forward to receiving the 8x42 and will continue to share my thoughts  when received.

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John Barnsness reviews these binocs in American Hunter mag this month.
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Yes he does, actually only the 8x42. Haven't read the whole article yet, however, I'm eager to read his impressions.

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I've got two to one he loves them.

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Originally posted by Peddler Peddler wrote:

I've got two to one he loves them.

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I've read the article that is in the recent American Hunter mag.  Free for NRA

members, and if you are not a member you should be.  The review is very general

in nature, and of course complimentary to the make. 

Trijicon is not a binocular mfr. so these are a clone of another binocular on the

market today.  Not sure if they are Chinese or Japanese built.

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I echo NDhunter's words regarding NRA membership.

Have not received my 8x42 yet, however, did speak with a customer service rep at Trijicon and asked several questions.

I expressed my disappointment that a case was not included (incidentally, I ordered a Voodoo Tactical  case... a super nice case for 15 bucks).

Also, expressed my disappointment in the lifetime warranty, that it was not transferable. He assured me that they were reviewing this language. The product was made available before they had framed a warranty so they hung their existing warranty on the binos just to have a warranty. So this is a work in progress, I was glad to hear they are revisiting this language.

As to who makes them and where... he had to play this card close to the vest. He stated "... at this point, let me just say that it is a top European manufacturer." I was ok with this for the time being. It will come out sooner or later.

After reading the review by Barnsness I was disappointed. As already stated it is very general. Much the same could be said about my 10 year old Monarch. Not saying I can be any more informative, however, I'll give it my best shot. Projected delivery date for the 8x42, Tuesday the June 30th.

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FWIW, I heard that Meopta was involved. Don't know if it's true or not. I do know that the Trijicon CS is generally good, and they treat their customers fairly. We'll see how this unfolds.
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I've just checked out the specs. comparing the Meopta Meopro HD 8x42,

and they do share the same FOV, and an identical weight as the Trijicon HD 8x42.  

The prices are similar, so the Trijicon is probably a clone.

Meopta has a very good wty. from what I have seen, so I am wondering why

buy a Trijicon.

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Originally posted by NDhunter NDhunter wrote:

Originally posted by Peddler Peddler wrote:

I've got two to one he loves them.

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I've read the article that is in the recent American Hunter mag.  Free for NRA

members, and if you are not a member you should be.  The review is very general

in nature, and of course complimentary to the make. 

Trijicon is not a binocular mfr. so these are a clone of another binocular on the

market today.  Not sure if they are Chinese or Japanese built.




Long time member. I didn't read the article because it did not interest me.
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Well, I finally received the 8-42 model. As I drew them to my eyes the difference in the two models, 8x42 vs 10x42 was appreciable. Clear, bright, excellent color and to my untrained eyes sharp. I believe that with this price range, in this model less is more. The swap was the right move.

I spent a little over an hour last evening from full light to well past dusk with the Trijicon, Swaro CL and Swaro EL.

In full light all looked very much the same,  with the exception of a little edge clutter with the Trijicon. A little less with the CL and hardly any with the EL.  This does not bother me a great deal. I hunted for years not even aware of the blur around the edges of my Monarch FOV.

As the sun began to set all the light rendering remained close to the same, however, at dusk differences began to emerge. The CL and EL were in the same class, however, the Trijicon began to lag behind in sharpness. With all three I could still distinguish pine needles from about 70 yards away and scrub brush profiles against lighter background, however, fine focus became rather deliberate with the Trijicon while remaining spot on with both Swaros.

As darkness settled in, as luck would have it, a rabbit bounced into the equation about 70 yards ahead of me. The Trijicon focused sharply on the little critter's profile but I could see little detail. Both Swaros rendered some lighter shade differences, gray / dark gray, however, within about six to seven minutes profile was about all I could detect with any of the three. I then looked at my watch, it was 8:55 CST.

This does not conclude my thoughts totally, however, it does tell me that while the Trijicon  does not sport alpha glass, by my own unscientific studies. is very capable. The Swaros were better, but only minutes better than the Trijicon.

Now, why have I used a Nikon Monarch binocular for the past 10 years and not the Swaros? I purchased  the CL a few years ago for good viewing at football games. The EL was purchased as a full sized replacement of the Monarch, however, I began thinking about the treatment the Monarch has endured during the past 10 years; dropped, kicked, banged stepped on and actually run over by a 4 wheeler. All is clear with this bino, however, it has a tuning fork vibration inside. As a result the picture vibrates ever so slightly, so I fear its functional properties may be measured. I do not wish for the EL to suffer similar treatment. In fact I am considering selling the EL, because of lack of use. 

The Trijicon will replace the Monarch, thus far I am totally confident in its capabilities performance.

I am almost sure the Tirjicon is made by Meopta, as was pointed out earlier, the Meopro seems to provide the chassis. Why by the Trijicon? It has an American name on it and the Company, as a whole, supports values I attempt to live by.
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Thanks for posting your observations, Whitefire!

Your 8X42 vs 10X42 comparison mirrors my own observations of "same size objective" 8X vs 10X binoculars overall, regardless of brand/manufacture. I almost always prefer 8X over 10X binos.
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I feel compelled to follow up because of an event that happened July 4th.

We were at the lake doing 4th stuff. I took the Trijicon to possibly view some pretty neat birds that appear when they care to show themselves.

I'd heard that an osprey was nesting somewhere across the lake, some 350 +- yards from the dock. There are those who doubted I would get a frame of the big bird, however, there were lots of other things I could observe to further test the Trijicon on this overcast day.

I got quite enough wave runners, boats and wake boarders... good enough for color testing, however, I already decided that color rendition was excellent so I decided to observe nature full time.  While everyone else was going about their merry way there I was looking for an osprey others said was long gone.

Making a long story short, finally, I saw wings. Three sets, two vultures, one -- OSPREY! Unmistakable light tan head and other markings left no doubt this was what I  was looking for. NOw to follow it to the nest, if indeed it was anywhere within viewing range.

About 25 minutes into watching this grand bird an odd event occurred that would be a huge bonus to all this observation. One of the vultures actually lit in a tree directly in my viewing preference... a 90 degree shot straight ahead on a cliff perhaps 150 ft above the waters surface (again about 350 yards away).  While I was intent on his motive the osprey suddenly attacked the vulture! I mean attacked with full fury the osprey is known for. Claws dug into the vulture's upper back and I saw black feathers fly. The vulture readily gave up his position, the osprey circled and returned to the tree for a brief few seconds and then resumed his (or her) vigil over the area. The actual attack lasted no longer than 2 seconds, however, the visual was incredible. 

I saw detail - the osprey's tan head,  multi shaded body, golden talons outstretched, dirty gray and black feathers flying against the dark green foliage of black oak leaves, then caught up with the osprey to see a full view of the tan and gold under side of his wings as he banked to re-assume his lofty status as emperor of this corner of his world. 

I thought for sure I'd see the osprey dive and retrieve a fish or snake, but it never happened. Too many people I suppose.

All this to say that I am remarkably pleased with the Trijicon. As luck would have it I witnessed a show that I did not expect, in vivid, real color, very generous sweet spot and razor sharp rendition. Let me emphasize this was a very overcast day in North Alabama, and i spent several continuous  hours of  observation. No fatigue, strain or pressure.

I'll keep the Trijicon.

Wf
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Just got a set of 8x42s in.
Initial impressions are quite positive
A little more compact and lighter than my Meopta 10x42s

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Pretty sure those Trijicons are a pre upgrade Meopta Meopro (non hd) with the addition of HD glass. The specs are almost identical. They ought to be pretty good.
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It wouldn't surprise me at all if it were a Meopta made product. Meopta does a surprising amount of OEM work for other brands, and as we've seen, their stuff is consistently first-rate.
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I looked through the Trijicon 8 x42 ' s and was very impressed. The Rep was at the store that day and he and the Staff told me they are 100% Meopta.
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