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Hawke Nature-Trek 8×42 Binoculars: Our Assessment


    Nicely-made, light-weight binoculars with a very good picture however considerably slim area of view. We rated these a Stable Selection.

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    Hawke Nature-Trek 8x42 binoculars
    Hawke Nature-Trek 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


    • Vibrant, clear picture even in low gentle
    • Light-weight and cozy
    • Compact measurement good for folks with smaller palms
    • Nice really feel and motion to focus wheel
    • Snug rounded eyecups


    • Slim area of view
    • Lengthy-travel focus wheel could make switching focus gradual


    • Value: $209 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so verify with retailers
    • Shut focus: 6.6 toes (201 cm)
    • Area of view: 7.4° (389 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about area of view 
    • Weight: 23.2 oz (658 g)—that’s about 2.5 oz (75 g) lighter than the typical for 8×42 binoculars in our evaluate
    • Eye aid: 17.8 mm

    Viewing Expertise: The Hawke Nature-Trek is a cheaper price providing from Hawke that also options strong building and good styling. The picture is vibrant and crisp, just like a pair of Nikon Monarch M7s that we tried side-by-side. On a heat November night we watched dozens of American Robins flying excessive within the sky towards night roosts. Even in dim gentle and in opposition to a distant sky, the Nature-Treks simply revealed the ruddy chests. At nearer vary, a Fox Sparrow peeking out from brush was a pleasant heat crimson with crisp streaking. The principle disadvantage to those bins was the slim area of view, which left us with the impression we have been wanting on the picture reasonably than having it flood our eyes. (Hawke lists the sphere of view at 7.4°, which is within the center vary for 8×42 binoculars, nevertheless it appeared noticeably slim every time we used these binoculars.)

    Really feel and Construct: These are well-built binoculars that also handle to be a number of ounces lighter than a “typical” 8×42 binocular. The olive-green end with a few sculpted strains for grip give them a clear look. The binoculars really feel small within the hand and could also be good for folks with smaller palms. The rounded profile to the eyecups is comfy on the eyes. The main target wheel is medium stiffness and rolls easily, though the journey appears lengthy and it may be gradual in dialing all the way in which from nearest to farthest focus. On our demo pair, the tethers that maintain the target lens covers connected have been free and slid up and down the barrels greater than we’d have appreciated.

    Feedback From Testers: 

    • Vibrant, compact, really feel good in hand
    • The eyecups, light-weight, comfy texture  
    • Good textured focus wheel, eyecups too free 
    • Felt a bit flimsy and onerous to focus properly  

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