Swift

OVERVIEW

Swift Sport Optics was established in the 1920s amidst the economic boom of the decade. They roughed the poor economic times that followed and continued to expand, bringing new innovations to the world of sport optics. This staying power has helped them become a trusted brand, providing quality binoculars to birdwatchers, outdoorsmen, and everyone looking to observe their surroundings

Swift utilizes quality features that have been honed from over 80 years of business experience. They are dedicated to providing technologically innovative products to meet the demand of customers by collecting information from the people who use their binoculars. By listening to user feedback, they can create the finest pairs of binoculars their customers will find practical.

Their binoculars are best suited for the casual observer. Many of the binoculars they make have a high field of view, which makes them great for keeping an eye on potentially fast moving objects. They have many models suited toward bird watching, like the Eaglet 8X42, or for the outdoors, like the Reliant 8X40 with a porro prism.

AVAILABLE BINOCULARS SERIES

Aerolite Series Binoculars

Swift Aerolite series binoculars have been designated as a best buy by Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology as well as other respected birding organizations, making these binoculars the choice of serious birdwatchers. They’re lightweight, so they’re easy to carry and lift frequently when a birdwatching opportunity arises. Because they’re also waterproof and fog proof, they’re ideal for the outdoors.

The Aerolite series binoculars contain BAK-4 prisms, providing excellent light transmission, and the lenses are multi-coated for superior brightness, contrast, and clarity. They offer a close focus range of under nine feet, ideal for wildlife observation, especially of small animals such as birds and butterflies. Rubber armoring on the body, and twist-up eyecups offer comfort for long-term viewing. Swift Aerolite binoculars come with a hard leather storage case, a neoprene neckstrap, ocular and objective lens covers, a microfiber lens cloth. Aerolite binoculars are covered by the SwiftPremier 25-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.See more

Marine Series Binoculars

Swift Marine series binoculars are, as their name suggests, the perfect choice for use on the water or in harsh weather. The barrels are nitrogen-filled, making them one hundred percent waterproof and fog proof. Whether you’re out on a boat, or hunting or birdwatching in the rain, the Marine series delivers high quality images regardless of the weather.

The Marine series binoculars feature a large exit pupil, which delivers a high level of light transmission, offering bright, clear images, even in lower light conditions. Shock resistant rubber armor protects the body from bumps and scratches, while also providing a comfortable and no-slip grip especially important in wet weather conditions. Swift Marine binoculars are covered by the SwiftPremier 25-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

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Premier Binoculars

Swift Premier series binoculars offer the ultimate viewing experience through contemporary design, superior comfort, and high-quality images. They’re the perfect companions for travel, wildlife observation, sporting events, and many other activities. The body is nitrogen-purged, making the binoculars completely waterproof and fog proof, and ideal for wet weather conditions.

The Premier series contains BAK-4 prisms with phase correction coating, which offers exceptional light transmission and true color conveyance. The multi-coated lenses provide crisp, clear images at any distance. Twist-up eyecups offer comfort, even to those who wear eyeglasses. They’re rubber-armored not only for a comfortable grip, but for protection against drops or scrapes. A close focus distance of under four feet makes them ideal for small animal observation like birdwatching. Swift Premier binoculars are covered by the SwiftPremier 25-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

Premier HP Binoculars

The Swift Premier HP binocular series contains models to accommodate nearly every activity or need. They’re designed for use outdoors for leisure and sporting hobbies, as well as for use by law enforcement organizations. They’re made from heavy duty materials, including the shockproof rubber armoring that covers the bodies, and provides protection from frequent use, and wear and tear.

The Premier HP series contains phase-coated BAK-4 prisms for exceptionally high rates of light transmission, bright, clear images, and color definition. Multi-coated lenses also contribute to the crisp, clear images the series conveys. Twist-up eyecups offer comfort for eyeglass wearers and non-wearers alike. Some models in the Premier HP series come with a padded carrying case, a neoprene neck strap, a rainguard, a microfiber lens cloth, and tethered objective lens covers. Swift Premier HP binoculars are covered by the SwiftPremier 25-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

Reliant Series Binoculars

Swift Reliant binoculars are a rugged yet lightweight series ideal for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Note that not all models are waterproof, but some offer complete waterproof and fog proof protection from the elements. Although some models are covered with heavy duty rubber armor for both protection and sure gripping, they remain fairly lightweight, making them ideal for travel.

Most Reliant series binoculars contain BAK-4 prisms with phase coating, which increases their capacity for light transmission. Multi-coated lenses made from phase-coated glass provide crisp, clear images throughout the entire field of vision. A large center focusing knob is easy to turn and offers quick adjustment.Some models in the Reliant series come with a padded carrying case, a neoprene neck strap, a rainguard, a microfiber lens cloth, and tethered objective lens covers. Swift Reliant binoculars are covered by the SwiftReliant 5-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

RANGES

Swift has several groups of binoculars available. They have Premier High Performance, Premier, Reliant, and Standard Collection. Premier High Performance contains three different series, the Eaglet, Audubon, and SeaWolf. The Premier includes the Ultra, Seahawk, and Horizon series, with the Ultra series having several models available in different colors. The Aerolite and Compact series are within the Standard Collection, and the Reliant only has one series of the same name.

MAGNIFICATION

Since Swift manufactures observation binoculars, the magnification levels available are lower than other manufacturers, with the only magnifications available being 7X, 8X, 8.5X, 9X and 10X. Lower magnifications allow for a greater field of view. Every series has a couple magnification options.

The Reliant 7-21X25 Compact Zoom is the only model with a variable magnification and it reaches 21X.

OBJECTIVE LENS

Swift offers a moderate 21mm to 50mm range of objective lenses across their binocular products. There are only a few products with less than 30mm with the 800R Mini Micron in the Standard Collection having the 21mm size. Aerolite, Seahawk, and Reliant all have models with the maximum 50mm, but three quarters of the available models have over 40 anyway.

FIELD OF VIEW (F.O.V.)

The lowest F.O.V on any of Swift’s binocular models is 261 ft. at 1000 yd. and the highest is 500 ft. The Eaglet 10X42 has the lowest, but shares the 200 range with only one Ultra model and two Reliant models. The rest have over 300 ft. F.O.V and only 5 above 400 ft. in the Audubon and Aerolite category, with the Aerolite 7X35 Porro having the 500 ft. range.

PRODUCT OFFERING

Swift offers 29 models of binoculars, 33 if you count the same models available in blue, green, or gray from the Ultra series. Their products are ideal for birdwatching, hunting, and the outdoors. They make use of BaK4 prisms and are multi-coated.

They also make a variety of other optical equipment for multiple uses. They have over 30 rifle scopes, and they also have a few models of both pistol scopes and spotting scopes.

PRICE RANGE

The prices of Swift binoculars range from $65 to $500. The Aerolite series 7X35 can be purchased for $64.94, and the SeaWolf Marine 10X50 shares the most expensive cost of $499.95 with the Audubon ED 8.5X44. The cost of all the models is fairly spread out so everyone is sure to find something within their price range with a few to choose from.

WARRANTY

The Swift Sport Optics website has a product registration form. It’s recommended that it is filled out upon purchase of your new binoculars, as it will help with warranty claims. The warranty depends on the pair of binoculars. The Premier and High Performance Premier models have a 25 year warranty, protecting against defects and workmanship of the binoculars, and the Reliant models have a five year warranty. They only cover defects from normal use outlined in their instruction manuals and will either repair or replace the pair of binoculars.

POPULAR SWIFT BINOCULARS

One of the more popular pairs of Swift binoculars is the Premier High Performance Audubon 8.5X44 model for $359.95. It is similar to the other Audubon models, but with some enhancements like an additional roof prism. Swift has made this lightweight version with all the things that made the other Audubon models great. It has a 19mm eye relief for people wearing sunglasses or eyeglasses, the lenses are multi-coated, the casing is made of rubber, and it’s waterproof. These binoculars are also covered under Swift’s 25 year warranty group.