Vortex

OVERVIEW

Vortex was started in Wisconsin back in the 1980s. It began as a store that sold supplies for people who enjoyed the outdoors and observing wildlife. They soon found a need to sell sports optics that outdoor activists and wildlife observers used on a regular basis. By stocking popular brands at first and listening to their customers, they were able to assist those brands develop many helpful features.

Binoculars and other sport optics became a large portion of their business, so they decided to start their own brand in the mid-90s. This gave them full control over all aspects of creating the sport optics and allowed them to create their own great models for a variety of users and hobbies. Their expertise in binoculars has grown significantly and they are able to develop unique optics.

The customer is very important to Vortex and it’s represented by their VIP warranty since it covers more than just the usual factory defects. Their binoculars are designed with customer feedback in mind instead of forcing customer to choose what the company thinks they need. Vortex focuses on the detail in order to provide great outdoor optics that are both rugged and innovative.

AVAILABLE BINOCULARS SERIES

Crossfire Binoculars

Vortex Crossfire binoculars offer high quality optics at reasonable prices. They’re great for hunters and wildlife observers alike, especially with a close focus distance of six feet. Nitrogen purging and O-ring seals keep moisture out, making the binoculars fully waterproof, fog proof, and resistant to dirt and dust as well. The body is covered with heavy duty rubber armoring for durability and sure gripping, even when wet.

Crossfire binoculars contain high-density BAK-4 prisms which increase the rate of light transmission, conveying bright images, even in low-light conditions. Fully multi-coated lenses also contribute to image brightness, as well as providing crisp, clear views. Tapered eyecups conform to the face to block out peripheral light, and have a soft rubber rim for extra comfort. The eyecups also retract to accommodate those who wear glasses. Vortex Crossfire binoculars come with a soft carrying case, a comfort neckstrap, tethered objective lens covers, and a rainguard. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

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Diamondback Binoculars

Vortex Diamondback binoculars offer the widest field of view in their class, making them an ideal choice for wildlife observation since the wide views make it easier to track moving objects. In addition, they’ve been nitrogen purged and O-ring sealed to lock out moisture and dust, making them waterproof, fog proof, and perfect for nearly any outdoor weather situation.

Diamondback binoculars, like the snake they’re named after, feature a rugged coating of textured armor, which protect the optics and provide a sure grip, even in wet and cold conditions. They contain phase-corrected prisms, which transmit more light, and multi-coated lenses for sharp images and high color fidelity. Soft, tapered eyecups block out extra light, and offer comfort for long-term viewing. Vortex Diamondback binoculars come with a deluxe padded carrying case, comfort neckstrap, tethered objective lens covers, and a rainguard. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

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Fury Binoculars

Vortex Fury binoculars are Argon-purged, which does more than just make them waterproof and fog proof. The binoculars also function better over a wider range of temperatures, so they’re ideal for nearly any weather conditions or season. They will not absorb water, nor will they react chemically with water. Because Argon does not diffuse as quickly as other elements, the binoculars will maintain these properties longer than those that use nitrogen.

Fury binoculars contain a deluxe five-element eyepiece which focuses light at a high rate of accuracy, thereby providing exceptionally bright images with true colors. The phase-corrected, silver-coated prisms also contribute to the higher rate of light transmission and brightness, regardless of light conditions. Multi-coated lenses make for crisp, clear images as well. Vortex Fury binoculars come with a soft carrying case, comfort neckstrap, tethered objective lens covers, and a rainguard. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

Hurricane Binoculars

Vortex Hurricane binoculars pack a full complement of features in a compact body. Despite their diminutive size and lightweight construction, these binoculars are rugged, durable, and able to stand up to harsh weather. Nitrogen purging makes them waterproof and fog proof, inside and out, while also helping to repel dust and dirt. The diamond pattern on the grip areas provides a good grip, whether it’s wet or cold.

Hurricane binoculars offer unusually bright images for their size thanks to phase-corrected prisms which also deliver high contrast and true colors. Multi-coated lenses also make for crisp, sharp images. Twist-up eyecups offer comfort and accommodation, even for those who wear eyeglasses. The single hinge design facilitates one-handed viewing. Vortex Hurricane binoculars come with a deluxe padded carrying case, comfort neckstrap, tethered objective lens covers, and a rainguard. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

Lightning Binoculars

Vortex Lightning binoculars are smaller and lighter in weight than most other standard binoculars, making them a value-priced, mid-sized option. They’re a good choice for travel because of their size, and because they can stand up to harsh weather. They’re waterproof and fog proof, and covered with sturdy rubber armor for a sure grip, even when wet.

Lightning binoculars feature optimal levels of light gathering for bright images. Twist-up eyecups block peripheral light, and accommodate eyeglass wearers, allowing for full viewing across the entire field of view. Vortex Lightning binoculars come with a soft carrying case, comfort neckstrap, tethered objective lens covers, and a rainguard. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

Razor Binoculars

Vortex Razor binoculars are purged with Argon, which makes them waterproof and fog proof. In addition, the Argon-purging causes the binoculars to function better over a wider range of temperatures, making them ideal for just about any weather condition or season. They don’t absorb water or react chemically with water. Because Argon diffuses more slowly than other elements, the binoculars will keep these properties longer than others that use nitrogen.

Adding to their superior image presentation, Razor binoculars use XD objective glass elements of extra-low dispersion (XD) glass. This glass offers higher resolution, sharper details, and truer color. Multi-layer coatings also increase light transmission for brighter images. The roof prisms are phase-corrected and silver-coated, increasing image brightness, even in low-light conditions. Vortex Razor binoculars come with a deluxe padded carrying case, comfort neckstrap, tethered objective lens covers, interchangeable eyecups with side shields, and a rainguard. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

Spitfire Binoculars

Vortex Spitfire binoculars live up to their name, providing high quality views through high-tech features, all in a streamlined body you can carry anywhere. The binoculars are nitrogen-purged and O-ring sealed, which means they’re fully waterproof and fog proof, and impervious to dust and dirt, making them an excellent choice for any season.

Spitfire binoculars have an aluminum chassis, so they’re lightweight, yet rugged and durable. They contain high-density BAK-4 prisms, and multi-coated optics, all of which increase the rate of light transmission, and offer bright, clear images. The soft rubber eyecups are retractable, both for comfort and to accommodate eyeglass wearers. Vortex Spitfire binoculars come with a soft carrying case, and a comfort neckstrap. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

Stokes Broadwing Binoculars

Vortex Stokes Broadwing binoculars are superior-quality optics at affordable prices. They’re made from tough polycarbonate, so they’re durable and able to stand up to heavy use, yet they’re lightweight and comfortable to hold and carry. Nitrogen-purging and O-ring seals create a completely waterproof and fog proof environment, inside and out, and also repel dust and dirt.

Stokes Broadwing binoculars feature high-density, phase-corrected prisms, which provide brighter images, and increase edge-to-edge sharpness. The state-of-the-art multi-coatings increase contrast and color fidelity. With a close focus distance of just five feet, these binoculars offer opportunities to observe finer detail. Multi-stop eyecups offer comfortable viewing, even for those who wear eyeglasses. Vortex Broadwing binoculars come with a carrying case, deluxe neckstrap, tethered objective lens covers, and a rainguard. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

Stokes DLS Series Binoculars

Vortex Stokes DLS series binoculars boast several high-end and high-tech features that make them a smart choice for any binocular enthusiast. Their optical system is designed to create the clearest and most precise focusing available. That, combined with Extremely High Resolution coatings on the optics, provides some of the sharpest images seen through binoculars.

Stokes DLS series binoculars are built with high-density prisms glass and lenses for maximum image brightness. The multi-layered lens coatings are twilight optimized, providing bright views, even in low-light conditions. The optical tubes are engineered to eliminate image ghosting and glare. The phase-corrected prisms are also silver-coated for high contrast. Vortex Stokes DLS series binoculars come with a deluxe padded nylon case, padded and contoured neckstrap, tethered objective lens covers, a custom-fitted rubber rainguard, and a deluxe lens cleaning cloth. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

Stokes Meadowlark Binoculars

Vortex Stokes Meadowlark binoculars offer incredibly bright views for a compact series. The binoculars measure just four inches square, and easily fit in a pocket, purse, or backpack, making them ideal for travel, or to keep on hand for those unexpected viewing opportunities. Because they’re small, they’re also extremely lightweight. What also makes them ideal for any viewing situation is that they’re completely waterproof and fog proof thanks to nitrogen purging and O-ring seals.

Stokes Meadowlark binoculars are also ideal for outdoor activities like birdwatching due to their close focus distance of just five feet. Precision-cut BAK-4 prisms offer maximum light transmission, and increased sharpness. Multi-coated lenses offer greater resolution and color fidelity as well. The eyecups are made of soft rubber, and are retractable for greater comfort. Vortex Stokes Meadowlark binoculars come with a carrying case, and comfort neckstrap. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

Stokes Talon Binoculars

Vortex Stokes Talon binoculars are ideal for birdwatchers or other wildlife enthusiasts. They offer excellent views at an exceptional value. The binoculars feature an extra-wide field of view, which makes it easier to track moving objects, like birds. In addition, the close focus distance of five feet allows for viewing more detail than ever.

Stoke Talon binoculars are fully waterproof and fog proof, able to withstand inclement weather. High-grade, multi-coated optics offer enhanced resolution, high contrast, and true color interpretation. Phase-corrected prisms increase the rate of light transmission, providing bright images in most lighting conditions. Twist-and-lock eyecups make for quick and easy eye relief adjustment. Vortex Stokes Talon binoculars come with a soft carrying case, padded neckstrap, tethered objective lens covers, and a rainguard. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

Typhoon Binoculars

Vortex Typhoon binoculars are an excellent compact choice for any outdoor activity, from hiking to camping to birdwatching. They’re made to be rugged and durable, including a rubber armor coating which protects the optics, and provides a sure grip whether the weather is wet or cold. Nitrogen purging ensures the binoculars are waterproof, fog proof, and even able to withstand limited submersion.

Typhoon binoculars, although they’re compact, don’t compromise any image quality offered by standard-sized binoculars. They offer maximum brightness, even in low-light conditions, and crisp, clear images. Vortex Typhoon binoculars come with a soft carrying case, and a neckstrap. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

Vanquish Binoculars

Vortex Vanquish binoculars are at their best when used for daytime viewing. They offer excellent performance at an affordable price. Their wide field of vision makes tracking moving objects easier, and they offer an eight-foot close focus distance, so they’re good for wildlife observation, but can also come in handy for traveling and sporting events.

Vanquish binoculars are built with high-density, fully multi-coated glass optics, all of which combine to transmit a higher rate of available light, and create crisp, clear images. They’re nitrogen-purged and O-ring sealed for complete waterproof and fog proof capability. Rubber armor coating protects the optics, and gives a sure, comfortable grip. Vortex Vanquish binoculars come with a soft carrying case, comfort neckstrap, and a rainguard. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

Viper Binoculars

Vortex Viper binoculars are engineered for ruggedness in all kinds of situations and seasons. One model was named Best of the Best by Field and Stream magazine, a testament to its durability and value. Thanks to nitrogen purging and O-ring seals, the binoculars are completely waterproof and fog proof, as well as being resistant to dust and dirt, making them an ideal choice for any weather conditions or outdoor environments.

Viper binoculars contain Extra-low Dispersion glass in the objective lenses to enhance resolution and color accuracy. XR coatings on the optics deliver increased detail, light transmission, and brightness. The lenses also feature coatings for scratch resistance, anti-reflectiveness, and glare reduction. The eyecups are metal-reinforced to be tough, but are finished with a rubber coating for comfort. They’re tapered and multi-positional to provide a more natural fit to the face and eyes. Vortex Viper binoculars come with a deluxe padded carrying case, deluxe contoured neckstrap, tethered objective lens covers, and a rainguard. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

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Vulture Binoculars

Vortex Vulture binoculars are an excellent choice for wildlife viewing with their wide fields of vision, greatly contrasted images, and reasonable prices. They are fully waterproof and fog proof thanks to dry nitrogen purging and tight O-ring seals. They’re also shockproof, and comfortable to hold, even when wet, because of the rubber armor coating on the body.

Vulture binoculars contain phase-corrected BAK-4 prisms, which increase image brightness from edge to edge. Fully multi-coated optics offer a high rate of light transmission, which also contributes to bright images, as well as sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity. Twist-and-lock, retractable, tapered eyecups offer long eye relief, especially for those who wear eyeglasses. Vortex Vulture binoculars come with a high-impact, custom-molded carrying case, comfort neckstrap, tethered objective lens covers, and a rainguard. Vortex binoculars are covered by a fully transferable, unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

RANGES

Vortex offers two groups of binoculars, the Vortex and Stokes. The Vortex group has 11 lines of binoculars available with full size, mid size and compact models available. Some of the lines have models in more than one size and their names are “cool”. The full size binoculars have six series the Razor, Viper, Fury, Vulture, Diamondback and Crossfire. The mid size binoculars have only three series the Lightning, Spitfire and Fury. There are five series of compact binoculars the Hurricane, Vanquish, Typhoon, Spitfire and Fury. Fury has models in all three sizes while the Spitfire has compact and mid size models.

The Stokes models are binoculars designed by bird watchers for bird watchers. There are less than 10 models in the Stokes group compared to the Vortex group. Bird watchers are sure to find one they like despite the smaller number of available models. The model names are bird related and only come in compact and full size. The Meadowlark series is the only compact line and the DLS, Broadwing and Talon are the full models.

MAGNIFICATION

Vortex binoculars offer a variety of binocular magnifications ranging from 6.5X to 15X. The range is extended outside their normal 8X, 8.5X, 10X, 12X and 12.5X magnification models with Vortex only offering one model for both the 6.5X and 15X, the Fury 6.5X32 is a mid size binocular model and the Viper 15X50 full size model, respectively. Most Vortex binoculars will have a magnification of either 8X or 10X.

OBJECTIVE LENS

The objective lenses on Vortex binoculars are within a moderate range, with the lowest being 25mm and the highest being 50mm. They are grouped very nicely in terms of objective lens and size. The compact size binoculars all have objective lenses in the 20s, the mid size binoculars are all in the 30s and the full size are over 40mm up to 50mm.

The compact versions of the Spitfire binoculars have the 25mm low, so does the Stokes Meadowlark, and there are nine models with a 50mm high, three full size models from the Razor, Vulture and Viper series.

FIELD OF VIEW (F.O.V.)

The F.O.V. on Vortex binoculars is pretty standard as well, ranging from 210 ft. at 1000 yards to 445 ft. at 1000 yards. The models with the highest and lowest F.O.V. are also the same models with the highest and lowest magnification level. The Viper 15X50 has the highest magnification, but it also has the low 210 ft F.O.V, and the Fury 6.5X32 F.O.V. is the high 445 ft. at 1000 yards with the low magnification of 6.5X.

PRODUCT OFFERING

There are 45 models of binoculars available at Vortex and they are broken down into two groups, Vortex and Stokes. The Vortex group has 38 of the 45 models including full size, mid size and compact sizes, each size with at least three different lines of binoculars each. The Stokes groups is considerably smaller, only having seven models, only offering compact and full size models.

Binoculars are just one of the many products Vortex offers. In addition to the binoculars, they offer other optic products such as riflescopes, spotting scopes, monoculars and various accessories that go with them such as tripods and cleaning kits.

PRICE RANGE

Vortex binocular price range starts with a low $69.99 and goes all the way up to a highest price of $899.99. There are binocular models in most prices so it shouldn’t be hard to find one that suits your needs. The $69.99 binocular model is the compact Typhoon 8×26 and the Stokes 10×42 DLS binoculars are $899.99.

WARRANTY

Vortex offers a VIP Warranty reflecting the commitment to their customers of absolute satisfaction. Vortex will repair the binoculars at no charge if they need servicing or replace if necessary, not including missing binoculars or intentional damage. Customers shouldn’t try to fix or modify their binoculars either. There is no need to fill out a warranty card and the warranty is transferable.

When returning the products, fill out their website repair form. Use a cardboard box for shipping, since they offer better protection, and pad the inside properly. Vortex will assess what needs to be done and what is covered by the VIP warranty. They will contact you if any work requiring payment is necessary before proceeding.

POPULAR VORTEX BINOCULARS

One of the good things about the most sought after Vortex model of binoculars is the price. The Vortex 10×50 Vulture binoculars are not the lowest priced model, but not nearly as expensive as the other models at $249.99. They are a rugged pair of water proof and fog proof full size binoculars meant for a variety of weather conditions, yet weigh only 31 oz. The rubber casing makes it comfortable to hold, but it’s also tripod ready, and it has an eye relief of 19mm. Included with the binoculars is a custom carrying case, neck strap, rainguard, objective lens covers and their VIP warranty.