Vortex Diamondback Binoculars Review

Written By John VanDerLaan 

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In this review of the Vortex Diamondback HD Binoculars we are going to show you why this little brother of the Vortex Viper may or may not be the a good choice for you.

Just one look at Diamondback HD will tell you that this is a serious pair of binoculars for serious outdoorsmen, but it is not without drawbacks.

The Vortex Optics Diamondback  are available in both 8x42 and 10x42 models. Your ideal choice will be based on the type of hunting you do.

Click here for our Guide to Choosing the Best Binoculars For Hunting for your particular situation.

With its fairly low price point (around $200), the Vortex Diamondback HD really hits a sweet spot of high quality features versus price.

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Vortex Diamondback Binoculars Review

Check out the video below that shows the features of the Diamondback.

My Experience With The Vortex Diamondback HD Binoculars

I have over 4 decades of experience using hunting binoculars and more than 8 years experience testing and rating binoculars for this publication.

I first tested Vortex Diamondbacks back in 2018, and recently tested the HD version this year. 

I hunt from August through February for a number of different species and in many different states and weather conditions. I also use binoculars for shed antler hunting and scouting in the off season.

On every hunt, I carry at least 2 sets of binoculars and I test them and compare them throughout the hunt.

I record my findings in my hunting journal. I record what I like and what I don't like about each pair of binoculars, as well as how they compared head to head with other binoculars.

I found the Diamondbacks to be very impressive for the reasonable price, offering a lot of features and optical performance usually reserved for higher end models.

I did see some chromatic aberration at the edge of the field of view, which I didn't see on more expensive binoculars like the Zeiss Terra ED, the Leupold BX-4, the Burris Droptine and the Stealth Vision.

Keep in mind that these are pretty inexpensive binoculars and I wouldn't expext them to have the same image quality as more expensive premium binoculars.

Overall, I would choose one of the higher end binos mentioned above, but if my budget was only around $200, the Diamondbacks would be a great choice.

Key Features

Let's take a look at the features of the Vortex Diamondback binoculars and see why Vortex is taking the hunting optics market by storm.

  • The Vortex Diamondback features Dielectric Fully Multi-Coated Lenses which transmit more light and return brighter images.
  • They also feature a short hinged design which makes for a very comfortable, ergonomic grip.
  • Fully adjustable multi position twist eyecups for excellent eye relief.
  • They’re also very lightweight, with the 8x42 weighing in at just 21.8 ounces and the 10x42 at 21.4 ounces.
  • They have a Field of View that is one of the largest in its class, 393 feet in the 8x42 and 340 feet in the 10x42, making it extremely efficient for glassing your surroundings and picking up your target.
  • They are O-ring sealed and argon purged for 100% Waterproof and fogproof performance.
  • One of the features that I like a lot is the Rubber armor coating with built in thumb indents and raised texture on the sides for a secure grip and durable protection.
  • The focus wheel is smooth and easy to adjust and there’s a locking right eye diopter to adjust for eye differences. 
  • Included with your Vortex Diamondback is a Rainguard eyepiece cover, tethered covers for the objective lens, a comfy neck strap, and a premium padded carrying case.

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Best of all, the Diamondback binoculars come with the Vortex VIP Warranty, which is very impressive given the low price point on these hunting binoculars.

Here is the Vortex VIP Warranty.

Lifetime. Unlimited. Unconditional. Vortex will repair or replace the product in the event it becomes damaged or defective. Absolutely free—no matter the cause!

Pros and Cons of the Vortex Diamondback Binoculars

Now that we have looked at the key features of the Vortex Diamondback Binoculars, let's take a look at the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Truly incredible price for hunting binoculars with all of the premium features described above.
  • Good Field Of View. As a matter of fact, the field of view is better than the much more expensive Vortex Viper.
  • O-ring sealed and argon purged for 100% waterproof and fog proof performance.
  • They fit very well in your hands with the short hinged design and built in thumb indents.
  • I found it easy to reach the focus wheel and it was very smooth while adjusting
  • They are extremely lightweight, making them the perfect choice hunting.
  • They are tripod adaptable, making them compatible with tripod mounts and car window mounts.
  • Like all Vortex binoculars, they come with the Viper VIP  Unconditional Lifetime Warranty.

Cons

  • They do not have the High Density extra-low dispersion glass like their big brother the Vortex Viper.
  • They don't have the ArmorTek coating that provides protection to the glass from getting scratched.
  • Does not include a binocular harness.

Final Thoughts

The Vortex Binoculars are known for their impressive optical quality and durability, delivering performance at a surprisingly affordable price and the Diamondbacks foot the bill.

While you can't expect to get the HD glass and armorTek coating at this price point, you can expect a high quality set of optics at reasonable price.

If your hunting binocular budget is around $200, I would urge you to order a pair of Vortex Optics Diamondback Binoculars in either 8x42 or 10x42 and do your own review to determine if they are the right hunting binoculars for you.

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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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