Vortex Viper Binoculars Review

For this review of the Vortex Viper HD Binoculars we will take an in-depth look at these high quality optics to help you discover why the Vortex Viper HD has all the binocular experts raving about their quality.

Vortex makes excellent binoculars at reasonable prices, and if you have some leeway in your binoculars budget, you really should take a look at these Vortex Binoculars. They are available in both 8x42 and 10x42 models.

Make no mistake about it, these are premium optics.

Let's take a look at the features of the Viper HD and see why we chose them as our top pick for Best Hunting Binoculars available today.

Vortex Viper Binoculars Review

Check out the Viper HD video below.

Key Features

  • The Vortex Viper HD uses the superior High Density extra-low dispersion glass so you get high-definition images with tremendous color fidelity and fantastic resolution. 
  • They also feature fully multi-coated lenses. The coatings include antireflective layers, dielectric multilayer prism coatings for bright and color-accurate images, and phase correction coatings for better contrast and resolution.
  • The Viper HD also has the premium ArmorTek coating that provides a super-hard protection that keeps the glass from getting scratched by dirt or dirtied by oil.
  • They are actually quite compact binoculars, and fit very well in your hands.
  • They’re also very lightweight, with the 8x42s weighing in at just 24.2 ounces and the 10x42s at 24.6 ounces.
  • They have excellent field of view, 347 feet in the 8x42 and 319 feet in the 10x42.
  • The close focus distance is also impressive, as you can focus on your target at just 5.1 feet with the 8x42. This is indicative of a very high quality binoculars. 
  • They are O-ring sealed and argon purged for 100% Waterproof and fogproof performance.
  • Rubber armor coating provides a secure grip and durable protection.
  • The focus wheel is easy to adjust and there’s a locking diopter to adjust for eye differences. The eyecups can also tilt up and down to accommodate your eyeglasses.
  • Your purchase includes a Rainguard eyepiece cover, tethered covers for the objective lens, a comfy neck strap, and a premium padded carrying case.

Couple all of that with the fully transferable Vortex VIP Warranty and you have the best hunting binoculars available today.

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

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My Experience Using The Vortex Viper HDs

I have been doing binocular reviews for this publication for more than 8 years. In that time, I have had the opportunity to test and compare many different binoculars, including a few different models from Vortex optics.

Most binoculars that I have tested could not compete with the Vipers, but there were a few exceptions. The Nikon Monarch M7 binoculars were very comparable to the Vipers in optical performance and at a similar price point.

The Stealth Vision 10X42 binoculars were superior in brightness and image quality, but at a much higher price.

The Leupold BX-4 Pro guides had better low light performance at a slightly higher price.

The Zeiss Terra EDs were very comparable to the Vipers, but they do not have as good a warranty as the Viper.

Here's How I Tested The Viper HDs

I tested the Vipers over a full year of hunting. I used them in tree stands and ground blinds. I also used them while still hunting and tracking whitetail deer in the Adirondacks.

I would always bring a second pair of binoculars and compare the viewing experience and performance under real hunting conditions.

I would conduct brightness testing by comparing one model with another under various lighting conditions.

When you compare binos in this fashion, it is very easy to see the differences and the similarities of the different models.

Here are the binos that I compared to the Vipers:

All the binoculars that I compared had the same objective lenses, 42mm. I compared 8X42 and 10X42 with the same from other models.

I did not experience any chromatic aberration with any of these higher end binoculars.

I used them all different weather conditions, from hot and dry in the summer to frigid cold in the late season. I also used them in the rain and did not experience fogging or water infiltration.

I would record my thoughts and results of field testing in my hunting journal so that I could go back and compare the data at the end of the season.

Pros and Cons of the Viper HD Binoculars

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


  • There’s no comparison to the superior image quality you get with the premium High Density glass and Fully Multi Coated lenses. The brightness and the fidelity of the colors are outstanding.
  • The Field of View is outstanding as well, so you won’t have a hard time acquiring your target through the binoculars.
  • You can also easily appreciate the toughness of this pair of binoculars. It’s not just waterproof, fog-proof, and shock-resistant, but even the exterior lenses are resistant to scratches and oil smudges.
  • The focus knob and diopter adjustment ring is textured for great feel and ease of use.
  • They are a great size and very lightweight, making them perfect for your all day hunts.
  • They are tripod adaptable, making them compatible with tripod mounts and car window mounts.
  •  Very long adjustable eye relief, making them perfect for hunters that wear eyeglasses or sunglasses.


  1. They are expensive. However, you are getting premium quality optics.

Final Thoughts

These aren't your grandfather's binoculars. These are high quality premium binoculars with some of the most advanced features available today.

You get what you pay for and with Vortex Binoculars, and with the Viper HD line, you are getting a rugged, compact, lightweight binoculars with superior light transmission and image quality that is simply stunning.

I promise you, try these binoculars and you will never go back to cheap binoculars again.

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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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