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Vortex Viper 6x32
This review has been a long time coming and I apologize for the wait. I have been playing with the 6x32 Viper for months now. It has also made a couple of trips around the country to be looked at by other people.
First off, I liked the binocular enough to buy it from Vortex. I can honestly say that since this binocular ended up in my hands, I've been using it more than any other binocular I have. I believe it to be the finest 6x/6.5x binocular currently available.
One of the problems I found in reviewing this binocular is that it does not have much competition currently on the market. 6x and 6.5x binoculars are not especially common, and the ones that are on the market generally stick to the lower end of the market segment. The closest competitor price-wise is the Leupold Katmai 6x32 which runs ~$130 less than the Viper. Vortex Fury 6.5x32 is ~$170 less. Vortex Raptor 6.5x32 is 4 times cheaper, while the Yosemite 6x30 hits your wallet with ~6 (!) times less vigor. Hence, this is really not a comparison in a traditional sense of the word.
In terms of both image and build quality, Viper is the best binocular out of these, but considering the price, it better be. Hence, I am mostly trying to explain why I bought the Viper 6x32 and why I think it is worth the money.
First of all, here are some numbers for you to peruse.
Vortex Viper 6x32
Leupold Katmai 6x32
Leupold Yosemite 6x30
Vortex Raptor 6.5x32
Vortex Fury 6.5x32
Field of View, ft @1000 yards
Close focus, ft
Interpupillary Distance, mm
59 - 75
57 - 72
50 - 70
50 - 70
55 - 76
Eye Relief, mm &nbs
Those who are merciful to the cruel, are cruel to the merciful. Talmud
It truly is a great little binocular, and I enjoyed the time I spent with them! I agree that finding anything to criticize about it was really nitpicking; it's that good! Just one more example of "more isn't necessarily better."
Nice review, Ilya!
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Thanks for the review Ilya, got mine ordered today. hoping they will be my go to nighttime glass for dog hunting. really learned to like the 6x30, bow hunting the north Michigan woods this past fall along with some nature observation. can't beat large fov and eye relief for comfortable viewing. i'm hoping the vipers will have the night time performance i need in these hunting situations. and if all fails i'm confident i will have a good 6x32 day glass...
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