AVANTEK 10×50, Waterproof Binoculars

My last pair of binoculars fell overboard and now reside at the bottom of the North Sea so replacements were needed. This 10×50 pair from Avantek are slightly larger and more powerful than my usual compact 8×30’s but I was keen to give them a try.

The binoculars arrived very packaged in an mid range display box, a bit battered as for some reason no outer shipping box was used. Inside aside from the binoculars themselves was a thin neck strap, thick neck strap, soft carry case, lens covers, eyepiece lens covers, User Guide and a cleaning cloth.

The build quality seems fine to me. There was no sign of any production problems, no chaff or swarf left over adhering to the binoculars and from top to bottom the construction seems first rate. The binoculars are slightly heavier than my usual ones but I soon got used to the added weight and bulk. The carry case is not padded but will protect the contents from liquid and scuffing. The binoculars are finished in a silk, non reflective and slightly rubberised skin and this is both looks and feels good. The eyepiece lens covers are soft and flexible but are not fixed to the binoculars as some are and so are liable to be lost. The covers for the big objective lenses are also soft, flexible and easy to fit but are secured to the body by removable plastic straps. The User Guide although basic is relatively large, well written and unlike those with many imported products actually easy to read. I don’t you will need to use it.

The binoculars use BAK-4 Prisms, an improvement evidently on the lesser BAK-7 variety although how evident this is I cannot say but it does mean that obvious corners have not been cut when constructing these binoculars. There is a right adjusting diopter eyepiece – used after focusing the main wheel for the left eye to adjust the right eye focus to balance it – which I found on my review unit it worked perfectly well. The eyepiece rubber cups will fold back to make life easier for us spectacle wearers and when viewing I found the image to bright and sharp with no colour fringing or other obvious optical aberrations. They are light enough for easy use but weighty enough to give a quality feel and to hold easily to the eyes for sustained periods without trembling.

Magnification is slightly more to than the less powerful glasses I am accustomed to but the added power came in handy at times. I found them a bit heavier than I was used to and – for me – a bit on the large side to just tuck away in my bag and forget about.

This is a good quality pair of binoculars fine for general purpose use. The £39.99 price is good for the quality of the product and it is hard to find a reason not to give them a good rating.

The Good
Good build quality
BAK-4 Prisms optics
Suitable for glasses wearers
Good User Guide
Nice packaging
Padded carry case

The Bad
No Dioptre markings around adjustment lens
Slightly too large and heavy for a standard shoulder bag.

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