From Dave in Alaska
Rating: 5 (of 5)
I own a pair of Leica Ultravid (10x42) and Swarovski EL (8.5x42). If I had known about the Vortex Viper before I bought my high-end binos, I could have saved a lot of money.
I bought the Vortex Viper 10x42, 18 months ago for my girl friend who is a Park Ranger. She is really hard on equipment and would not let me buy her a pair of Leica or Swarovski's, because she was afraid she would break them.
She frequently shares them with park visitors and gets comments on how well they can see with them. They have performed flawlessly with frequent use and minimal care.
In field use I can find no discernible difference between my Leica, Swarovski and her Vortex Viper. The Vipers are clear and bright with good ergonomics. They are also lighter in weight compared to my other binos.
Bottom line, you will not be disappointed if you purchase these binos!