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Hawke Frontier 8×42 ED X Binoculars: Our Evaluation


    A wonderful picture, exact focus wheel, and durable construct. This binocular is certainly one of our Prime Picks.

    At A Look

    Hawk Frontier ED X 8x42 binoculars.
    Hawke Frontier ED X 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


    • Vibrant, colourful picture even in harsh lighting
    • Focus wheel strikes simply and stops exactly
    • Wonderful stability and cushty really feel within the hand
    • Extensive area of view and good shut focus 


    • Slight falloff in sharpness at edges of picture
    • Towards the highest finish of the value vary we examined


    • Worth: $549 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so verify with retailers
    • Shut focus: 6.6 ft (201 cm). In assessments, we may focus these binoculars all the way down to about 7.1 ft (216 cm)
    • Discipline of view: 8.1° (425 ft at 1,000 yards). Extra about area of view 
    • Weight: 26.7 oz (757 g)—that’s about 1 oz (28 g) heavier than the common for 8×42 binoculars in our assessment
    • Eye aid: 17.8 mm

    Viewing Expertise: These binoculars characteristic a superb, huge picture, exact focusing, and a compact feel and appear that matches neatly within the hand. Watching a fall migrant flock we have been impressed with the distinction and readability of the picture. With a backlit Northern Parula we may nonetheless see the nuances of yellow throat, white stomach, and blue-gray again because it dodged behind leaves. The binoculars helped ID a tough Blackpoll Warbler by revealing the faint streaking on the chest and the yellow-orange ft. In the meantime, they actually introduced out the luminous gold and deep black of a handful of Black-throated Inexperienced Warblers.

    Really feel and Construct: These binoculars are small however substantial, barely heavier than a mean 8×42 however effectively balanced. The main focus wheel strikes easily and feels exact each because it rolls and when stopping on the focus level. The eyecups are agency and dial out to 2 stops to be used with out eyeglasses. They’ve a neat rounded profile that provides to the binoculars’ streamlined look and is snug on the attention. The binoculars have a inexperienced armoring with good grip; there aren’t any scalloped indents for the thumbs. They arrive in a semihard clamshell case that makes them straightforward to stow and transport.  

    Feedback From Testers: 

    • Dimension was very nice, and weight was good as effectively
    • Very clear
    • Felt like high quality construct
    • A bit heavy, eyecups onerous to show, focus appeared stiff
    • Petite, ergonomic for a smaller individual
    • Felt snug immediately
    • Coolest wanting
    • Feels good within the hand

    This text is one in a sequence of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our full assessment of reasonably priced 8×42 binoculars.