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Has anyone been able to check a pair of these out yet?  If so, what is your opinion of them.

I am torn between these and the Viper 8x.  I will use them while bowhunting deer in Michigan but will also use them during the late muzzleloader season when the deer come out late in the day.  I also turkey hunt and will be using them as well during that season.

What is your opinion?

Thanks in advance,

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"Koshkin" on this forum checked them out at the Shot Show, I believe.  I'm sure he'll chime in soon.
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 I called Vortex the other day and I think I remember them saying the had some of the 32 Vipers, but would probably not have them to any dealers before next week.  So, it will be some time after that till anyone gets ahold of one, probably.  The new Diamondbacks and Raptors are further out than that, I believe.  The Diamopndbacks were the reason I called Vortex, probably why I don't specifically recall what they said about the Viper.
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The 7 x 36 Diamondback might be worth a look too?
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I have one of those pre-ordered.  Also a Raptor 6.5x32.  Mostly to see how they compare to my Swift Eaglet 7x36 and Fury 6.5x32.  If the Swift still comes out on top, which it likely will, I may take a look at the Viper.  The Swift is just about ideal, but I really could like a bit more fov.  The Fury has that, but doesn't quite have the Swift optics.  The Diamondback preorder was a "just to see" sort of thing.
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The size and the weight of the viper 6x seems to fit in with what I would like.  I'll have to wait and see what they look like and how they "see". 

BTW I will be waiting for your review.

Thanks in advance............Redeye


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Vortex sent me a pair of 6x32 Vipers for review.  I am still playing with them, but so far, I think these are the best 6x binoculars currently made (or maybe ever made).

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koshkin, I have a hole burning in my pocket for one of those 6x vipers.  Can't wait to read your review...........red
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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Vortex sent me a pair of 6x32 Vipers for review.  I am still playing with them, but so far, I think these are the best 6x binoculars currently made (or maybe ever made).

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Why does the 6x viper have a smaller field of view than the 6.5x fury, 420ft vs 445ft ?
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Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

Why does the 6x viper have a smaller field of view than the 6.5x fury, 420ft vs 445ft ?
 
Most likely because they restricted the FOV. That increases contrast by reducing internal reflections and ghost images. 
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I'm getting close to pulling the trigger on a 6x viper.  Still working on that review Koshkin?
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Anyone else have a pair?
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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Vortex sent me a pair of 6x32 Vipers for review.  I am still playing with them, but so far, I think these are the best 6x binoculars currently made (or maybe ever made).

ILya



Wow, that's high praise, I might have to buy a pair just to be sure I have the best 6x bino ever made.
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Keep in mind that there are not a whole lot of truly modern binoculars in 6x magnification.  I think I will buy the pair I am playing with from Vortex.  I generally like lower magnification binoculars and these are the best I have seen.

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I emailed Vortex about availability and they responded that the 6x32s have been out for a few weeks.

They aren't listed on SWFA.

Chris, will you be selling these soon?
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Ilya, how do you find the compare to the Katmai 6X32?  Are they enough better that it's worth upgrading?  Thanks
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I think the Vipers are better.

Whether it is worth updating is strictly up to you.

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Would you rather have a 6x or 8x for hunting?

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I think 6x32 would be perfect for bowhunting.
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I've used the Katmai 6X32 for bowhunting for a couple of years, and they are perfect.  Small enough to hold with one hand steadily, but 6X is plenty of mag for anything up to 100 yds.
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Any more updates on these?  Looking to add a small set to my mix.  These look like just the ticket.  Never saw that review from Koshkin!
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I sent the binoculars to the other forum member for his opinion.  I will publish my review once he looks at them.  In the meantime, it suffices to say that despite the fact that I already have way more binoculars than I need, I will buy these from Vortex.

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Would you prefer them to a high end 8x32? Such as a Leica Ultravid?  How would they compare?  I really like binos with larger EP so to me it seems like a small, light,  compact bowhunting / Hiking Bino.  You are really holding out.  Kinda of mean for a weekend!
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Originally posted by cajunhunter cajunhunter wrote:

Would you prefer them to a high end 8x32? Such as a Leica Ultravid?  How would they compare?  I really like binos with larger EP so to me it seems like a small, light,  compact bowhunting / Hiking Bino.  You are really holding out.  Kinda of mean for a weekend!


That would really be an apples to oranges comparison.  However, the guy who is looking at the 6x32 Viper now also has 8x32 Leica Ultravid HD.  Let's just wait what he says.

As for holding out, I try to be very careful with what I write and I look at the optics I test thoroughly.  The side effect is that doing things properly takes time.

ILya
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