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Vortex diamondback
« on: November 14, 2017, 04:07:30 PM »
I'm thinking of getting a pair of diamondbacks and was wondering if anyone had any experience with them. thanks in advance

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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 04:13:01 PM »
They are decent for what they are. Wouldn't recommend them in low light especially on rainy days. I had to pass on bucks on two different low light situations this year and they were less than 90 yards away peaking out of the timber.
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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 04:52:48 PM »
We have an 8x42 that lives in the truck.  It will be a servicable binocular for you I think.  I had an 8x56 Docter Nobelim stolen and don't want to lose another expensive binocular, so I got these.  It seems that it is dark here in town when I see some buck I want a better look at, or I am going bird shooting in the early morning and see some game I want a better look at - and they have been fine. 

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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 05:15:51 PM »
I have a pair of 10x42s that I use quite a bit. For the price point they are great! Let’s be honest we’re not comparing these to Swaros or Leicas. They are durable, well built with a good warranty and when purchased on sale are tough to beat. You’ll be plenty happy with them until you look through something like geovids or swaros but you can buy 10 pairs of these for the price of those. Solid well built binos and they make great truck glass in a few years when you upgrade!

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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 08:53:41 PM »
great for the price range you can find them.
i have a pair ive been happy with for what i spent.

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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2017, 09:12:09 PM »
Good for the price in good light. Left a lot to be desired in the early morning low light situations.

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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2017, 09:25:22 PM »
FYI, the 10x42s are about to be $100 off msrp at cabelas on sale....pretty solid quality for $129.....!
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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2017, 09:45:16 PM »
I have a pair and am completely unhappy. My buddy has a set of $80 barska that are better.... Never again will I buy vortex
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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2017, 11:49:29 PM »
I have 10x42 and used them half the summer and all this fall season. I like them.

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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2017, 06:51:03 AM »
Love mine.  I have sat in low light, in the rain and watched elk that I couldn't see with the naked eye (ok, I could see their big white butts but that was it).

Go to the store and try them out.  Compare them to other binoculars.  It will always come down to what your eyes appreciate best.

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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2017, 07:11:05 AM »
I have a pair and am completely unhappy. My buddy has a set of $80 barska that are better.... Never again will I buy vortex
Makes me wonder if there’s something wrong with them. Usually people Love the diamondbacks for the money they pay. Not sure I’ve ever heard someone complain about them. 


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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2017, 07:19:31 AM »
I have a pair and am completely unhappy. My buddy has a set of $80 barska that are better.... Never again will I buy vortex
Makes me wonder if there’s something wrong with them. Usually people Love the diamondbacks for the money they pay. Not sure I’ve ever heard someone complain about them. 


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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2017, 07:22:16 AM »
The fact that you’re saying the Barska’s are better leads me to believe you’re not hoping for swaro quality out of a $150 pair of Bino’s.


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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2017, 07:32:50 AM »
The fact that you’re saying the Barska’s are better leads me to believe you’re not hoping for swaro quality out of a $150 pair of Bino’s.


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They are definitely going back to vortex now since I'm done hunting for the year. Maybe I'll like them better if there is something wrong and they fix it. I spent the whole momtana trip trying to size up deer that my buddy could clearly see see points and detail with his barska. That will.kind of upset a guy lol.
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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2017, 07:35:20 AM »
Ya i wouldn’t disagree with that.


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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2017, 07:39:40 AM »
I was a binocular freak for years. Buying reasonably priced stuff every year or two..Then I bought a pair of Swaro's 6 years ago and I don't binocular shop anymore.

You get what you pay for.  What are the two things you should spend good money on, Optics and Boots?

I've looked through the diamondbacks before and they are just ok for my eyes. Take em outside the store on a day like this and see how much light they pull in. Eye fatigue sucks when your glassing a lot. My eyes got tired after looking through them for two minutes.  But everyone's experience is going to be different.

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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2017, 07:59:11 AM »
If u are on a tight budget I honestly think the Redfield 10x42 are a lot easier on my eyes in that price range. I upgrad÷d this year to some Leopold hd but still use the Redfield in the truck. The cheaper vortex pull on my eyes but the Redfield don't. And they replaced them for me a year ago when the damage was my fault.

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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2017, 08:03:19 AM »
One last note... If your season is over, hold onto your money for big sales.  Optics can have great sales throughout the year. 

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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2017, 08:03:50 AM »
Best binoculars I've ever used that cost less than $100 are the Leupold Yosemite's. They're made in China which I don't like, but so are the Diamondbacks. You can get them on sale for around $85. Way better than the Diamondbacks, and I've had both. Still have the Leupolds, sold the Vortex.

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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2017, 08:52:47 AM »
Best binoculars I've ever used that cost less than $100 are the Leupold Yosemite's. They're made in China which I don't like, but so are the Diamondbacks. You can get them on sale for around $85. Way better than the Diamondbacks, and I've had both. Still have the Leupolds, sold the Vortex.

We have three pair and I have given another five or so as gifts.  IMHO the 6x30 is the best kid's binocular ever offered... at least for kids who have been taught respect for their gear.     

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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2017, 08:57:08 AM »
thanks guys, my brother has the crossfires and their decent, and the diamondbacks on sale at $129 is hard to pass.

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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2017, 09:12:27 AM »
I have a pair and am completely unhappy. My buddy has a set of $80 barska that are better.... Never again will I buy vortex
Makes me wonder if there’s something wrong with them. Usually people Love the diamondbacks for the money they pay. Not sure I’ve ever heard someone complain about them. 


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Re: Vortex diamondback
« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2017, 10:50:59 AM »

I use a pair of Zen Ray Prime 8x42.   one of my sons has a pair of 8.5x50 Diamondbacks.  Recently he used my  Zen Rays for a day.  when he gave them back he said he said he liked the Diamondbacks better.

 

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