Five sub-£500 pairs of binos

In need of new glass ahead of the buck season? Check out these binos with big performance and a low price tag


Vortex Optics Diamondback 8×42
Part of Vortex’s all-encompassing optics range, the Diamondback binocular has dielectric multi-coated lenses and a field of view of nearly 120m at 100m. It’s argon-purged and weighs in at a little over 600g. The binoculars are clad in rubber, with two thumb indents that give a comfortable grip when combined with the short-hinged design. The eyecups twist up to adjust eye relief. The Diamondback is covered by the Vortex VIP Warranty as standard.
Price: £220
Country Sports Wholesale 01462 743223

Hawke Vantage
Hawke’s revamped the binocular offering in its entry-level Vantage range, with no fewer than 10 models on offer from 8×25 to 10×42 (there’s also a 12×25 option). There was already a full range of Vantage scopes in existence, but now bargain-hungry shooters can complete their Vantage sets with the matching binos. The new models boast a waterproof chassis and fully coated optics, and a choice of green or grey exterior.
Price: £74.99-£99.99
Hawke 01394 387762

Athlon Midas
The Athlon Midas binoculars, seen here in 8×42 specification, feature a roof-prism, magnesium chassis, and multi-coated ED lenses. Dialectric and phase coated BaK-4 prisms complete the package. The binoculars have scratch-resistant exterior lenses, and are argon purged. Other features include twist-up eyecups and shockproof rubber armour.
Price: £278
Optics Warehouse 01803 611895

Kite Lynx
The most compact model in Kite’s range, the Lynx binos won’t weigh you down on a long hill stalk – and they’ve got comfort eyecups and a large focus wheel to make the user experience even easier. A wide field of view (151m at 8x) gives you the maximum change of acquiring targets, while the outer lens surfaces are reinforced with Kite’s new PermaVision coating, which makes them dirt-and water repellent, as well as much more resistant to scratches.
Price: From £470
Browning 01235 514550

Steiner Ranger Xtreme
Looking distinctly new-age but offering a tried-and-tested spec, the Ranger Xtreme binos boast a range of handy advancements, such as a two-way-valve nitrogen pressure system and ClicLoc strap attachment. The eyecups adjust using a twist mechanism. An extra-wide field of view complements Steiner’s crisp optics, while a balanced grip and long-life rubber armouring make these binoculars tough and comfortable.
Price: From £430
GMK 01489 579999

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