From Mary Jo A. in Illinois:
The best binoculars I've had so far...
My advice to beginner birders: don't waste your money on cheap and inferior binoculars. This Vortex Viper HD 10x42 Binocular is the fifth pair of binoculars that I have purchased, and I think I've finally gotten JUST what I wanted/needed.
When I think about the $$$ I wasted on bins that were less than desirable, I could have saved so much money by purchasing a good pair to begin with. I like the size, weight, clarity, etc. of these. I can view birds better than I have ever been able to before.
The only criticism that I can come up with is that the focus knob is a bit stiff to move, especially when it's cold and/or if you have gloves on. But that's a minor complaint and I am very happy with these binoculars.