Vortex Crossfire Binoculars Review

Written By John VanDerLaan 


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In this review we will take an in depth look at these high quality Vortex optics and see why they were named an editor's choice for the best hunting binoculars under $200.

The Crossfire HD Binoculars are available in both 8X42 and 10X42 models, which we prefer for hunting.

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Editor's Choice

Our Rating 95/100
Vortex Optics Crossfire HD Binoculars

The Vortex Crossfire HD Binoculars features a rubber armor exterior providing a secure, non-slip grip, and durable external protection. 

They are nitrogen purged and O ring sealed for 100% waterproof and fogproof performance for those wet days in the field.

The Crossfire delivers crisp, razor sharp images thanks to the HD Optical System. They are optimized with select glass elements to deliver exceptional resolution, cut chromatic aberration and provide outstanding color fidelity, edge-to-edge sharpness and light transmission.

They also have a wide field of view, which is ideal for picking up moving targets.

These are all features that we are used to seeing in much more expensive binoculars.

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Vortex Crossfire HD Binoculars Quality

Vortex Crossfire HD Quality 95/100

We are very impressed with the quality of the Crossfire HD Binoculars, given the under $200 price point.

Usually at this price point you are going to give up some of the higher end options, like Fully Multi Coated glass, but not with the Vortex Crossfire.

Vortex is proving that good binoculars do not have to cost a fortune.

You will find increased light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.

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Perhaps the best quality feature is the Vortex VIP Warranty.


See the details here on the Vortex website.

Design and Functionality

Design and Functionality 95/100

Vortex Optics are rapidly becoming known for high quality design and functionality and the Crossfire  is no exception.

They are lightweight and armor coated for an easy to grip, non slip surface.

They feature a smooth, center focus wheel  for fast, comfortable focusing.

Couple that with HD Optical System and Fully Multi Coated Glass for excellent low light performance and you can see why we have chosen the Vortex Crossfire HD Binoculars as one of the best hunting binoculars under $200.

As an added bonus, the Crossfire comes with a GlassPak Binocular Harness, all at a great price!

Here is a video showing all of the features and optical quality of this entry level optic.

As you can see in the video, the Vortex Crossfire HD comes with the following:

  • Tethered Objective Lens Covers
  • Rainguard Eyepiece Cover
  • Neckstrap
  • GlassPak Harness
  • Glasspak Case
  • Manual
  • GlassPak Manual
  • Lens Cloth

All for under $200!

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  • Nitrogen purged and O Ring sealed for 100% waterproof and fogproof performance.
  • Armor coated chassis for lightweight, non slip and rugged design.
  • Vivid, razor sharp images thanks to the HD Optical System and Fully Multi Coated Glass.
  • Tethered objective lens covers.
  • The Vortex Crossfire HD comes with the GlassPak binocular harness which keeps the binoculars comfortably on your chest.


  • They are slightly heavier than more expensive binoculars, but it is very slight.

Vortex Crossfire HD Binoculars Specs

  • Magnification: 8X
  • Focus System: Center
  • Prism Type: Roof
  • Close Focus (ft/m): 6 ft
  • Eye Relief: 17mm
  • Objective Lens: 42mm
  • Exit Pupil: 5.25mm
  • Field of View at 1000 Yds: 393ft
  • Diopter: Right Eye
  • Optical Coating: fully multi-coated.
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Fogproof: Yes
  • Tripod Adaptable: Yes
  • Weight: 23.8oz

For a thorough explanation of what the numbers mean visit our Best Hunting Binoculars Buying Guide.

We hope that you have found our Vortex Crossfire Binoculars Review helpful.

If you are in the market for a high quality set of hunting binoculars under $200, you should consider the Vortex Crossfire HD, they are some of the best binoculars for the money.

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John VanDerLaan

John VanDerLaan is the managing editor here at DeerHuntingGuide.net. He oversees a team of editors, writers and pro staff that are subject matter experts in hunting and hunting gear. John's expertise includes thoroughly testing all types of hunting gear, as well as hunting all over the U.S. and Canada. While his hunting expertise includes game birds, small game and large game, his favorite game animal is the whitetail deer and he loves to share the knowledge that he has gained over 40 years of chasing the wily whitetail with both archery gear and firearms. John is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

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