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Vortex Mini Razor vs Vortex Razor Spotter
« on: March 03, 2024, 05:49:25 PM »
So I have been contemplating on moving from a standard size vortex razor spotter in 65mm over to the new vortex razor mini?

Iíve seen videos and reviews, and I love the weight savings and pack ability of it. Just looking to see if anyone has regrets from moving to the mini spotter?

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Re: Vortex Mini Razor vs Vortex Razor Spotter
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2024, 06:01:03 PM »
I picked up the new compact and really like it so far but I didnít get rid of my full size razor as I figure thereís a place for both. Compact for packing around and full size for truck or whenever weight isnít an issue
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Re: Vortex Mini Razor vs Vortex Razor Spotter
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2024, 06:13:45 PM »
I picked up the new compact and really like it so far but I didnít get rid of my full size razor as I figure thereís a place for both. Compact for packing around and full size for truck or whenever weight isnít an issue

True, I find myself using my full size spotter for everything, even scouting some of my goose fields to locating turkey roosts and everything in between.

When I go on my archery hunts I wouldnít mind less weight and you donít lose much magnification just some features.

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Re: Vortex Mini Razor vs Vortex Razor Spotter
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2024, 11:16:46 PM »
I love the small spotter for carrying in the backpack. Eye relief sucks but other then that it goes everywhere with me.

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Re: Vortex Mini Razor vs Vortex Razor Spotter
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2024, 09:12:10 AM »
My honest opinion is a for a backpack hunter a good 50ish mm spotter make most 65mm spotters no mans land. 

My Nikon ED50 13-40 fits that, I hope the new little razor does too.

With that said, I have been eyeballing a Kowa 66mm that looks like it punches above it's weight class.
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Re: Vortex Mini Razor vs Vortex Razor Spotter
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2024, 08:24:40 AM »
I owned the original 50mm Razor spotter and imo it was not worth the weight savings. A great pair of binos would be a better option. The glass on my 10x42 Geovid Pro binos make my 65mm Razor look like poop.
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Re: Vortex Mini Razor vs Vortex Razor Spotter
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2024, 01:35:03 PM »
I owned the original 50mm Razor spotter and imo it was not worth the weight savings. A great pair of binos would be a better option. The glass on my 10x42 Geovid Pro binos make my 65mm Razor look like poop.

I like good 50mm spotters, and I agree.  The old 50mm razor was simply not worth it.

If I was in the market for a new 50ish mm spotter I would be looking very closely at this new one.
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Re: Vortex Mini Razor vs Vortex Razor Spotter
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2024, 09:54:48 PM »
I owned the original 50mm Razor spotter and imo it was not worth the weight savings. A great pair of binos would be a better option. The glass on my 10x42 Geovid Pro binos make my 65mm Razor look like poop.

Good point! That was also another option I was thinking. I currently run 10x42 vipers and found myself wanting a little more power this past season.

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Re: Vortex Mini Razor vs Vortex Razor Spotter
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2024, 10:08:41 PM »
I think if I went down in size, I'd go up in glass quality and look at the Swaro.


I went a different route recently than that. I love my EL10x42s, and last year I happened to spot a deer on a long ridgeline over a mile away. My Razor UHD gen 2 showed it was a 3x4, great! But I also saw other deer and looked with the scope, only to find more deer I hadn't seen with the 10x. And more, and more. How many deer was I missing out on with the 10x in the shadows that far away? And how many was I missing with the reduced FOV of the spotter? Had to do it, bought some SLC 15x56s. Can't wait to try them out this year.

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Re: Vortex Mini Razor vs Vortex Razor Spotter
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2024, 01:45:47 AM »
Lots of brick and mortar stores carrying it. Go check it out. For me the edge to edge clarity was a non-starter. A little time behind the Swaro ATC/STC and time spent reading reviews from more experienced optics guys leaned me that direction.

 


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