Barska WP 10X42 Air View Open-Bridge Roof Prism Binoculars (Model AB12528)

air-view-10x42Magnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 13.1 feet
Dimensions: 5.75 x 5 x 2 inches
Weight: 20 ounces
Field of View: 319 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 16.1 mm/4.2 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: BAK4
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Twist up
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Rangefinder: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation

Our Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Barska Air View Binoculars Review

This Barska Air View 10X42 binocular has fully multi-coated BAK4 prisms, open bridge design, and a rubber armor coating on a lightweight 20-ounce aluminium alloy chassis. It’s also fully weatherproof, has a large center focus knob, and is tripod adaptable. Designed for comfort during long-term viewing the Air View is great for a range of outdoor activities, including hunting.

So far online, there’s only a pittance of reviews to date, but let’s not judge harshly since it’s new to 2016. But, even with its small number of reviews, it has a superb rating.

As the latest addition to Barska’s walloping binocular inventory, I thought it was worth some air time to let you get to know what’s new. But, to truly appreciate the sleek benefits of this Air View, let’s go over the Q&A.

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • Open bridge design
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Twist up eye cups
  • Tripod adaptable
CONs:
  • Eye relief could be better

 

Air View 10X42 Binocular Q&A:

What kind of eyecups does the Air View have?

You might find it refreshing to learn that this Air View binocular has the twist up eyecups instead of the fold up/down ones that we’ve seen on the other binos in our Barska line up.

The nice thing about twist up eyecups are that you can conveniently find the right and comfortable fit rather easily and quickly. By the way, eye relief is a nice 16.1 mm.

 

What are the benefits of open-bridge binoculars?

Open-bridge binoculars tend to be lighter in weight. They also have a more airy and streamlined look.

The open-bridge design can enhance an ergonomic build for a more comfortable hold and secure grip. This feature is especially convenient to have for glassing in comfort for hours on end.

 

What is the image quality like?

This Air View has BAK4 prism glass with fully multi-coated optics. This is the best of what you can get in the binocular world.

Fully multi-coated means that every air-to-glass surface in the binocular is going to be coated multiple times to ensure your optic is capable of maximum light transmission.

With these elements behind its back, image quality should be the best of what Barska has to offer – crisp, bright, and clear.

 

How much does the Air View cost?

The newest binocular in the Barska range costs around $140 online. That’s barely anything in the low budget optics world, and this is the high end for Barska.

Although you may think it’s the most expensive Barska because it’s the newest, you’d be wrong. The most expensive one is the not so very popular Point N’ View that’s going for around $160 online.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • 10X42 popular hunting specs
  • Large and knurly center focus knob for easy and smooth focusing
  • Fully Multi-coated BAK4 prism glass for the best image quality possible
  • Light weight open bridge design for comfortable glassing for extended periods
  • Green finish with durable rubber armor for easy gripping and internal component protection
  • 100% fully waterproof and fog-proof to outlast all types of weather
  • Backed by Barska’s Limited Lifetime Warranty

 

Our Verdict on the Air View Binocular

To glass it up, the Barska Air View 10X42 binos is one of our absolute favorites from the Barska line-up. It’s clean, sleek, and compact. While eye relief could be a little more generous for those that glass with specs, it still gets the job done. Seriously though, there’s no complaints here!

However, Barska does offer a bino with a flip-up camera if you wanted to be able to snap some pics on the go. The Point N’ View 8X32 binocular is an interesting contraption that just might tickle your curiosity if you dabble in photography – check it out here.

For a lot more power without the added cost, the Simmons ProSport 12X50 is comparable to this Air View. While the Air View bino does have some advantages over the ProSport, the price cut might justify checking out the Simmons bino.

Barska knows how to pump out variety – that’s obvious with their large selection. But, since we’ve picked only the best, you can trust that the Air View will have you glassing areas never viewed before by another Barska. When buying from Barksa, go with the best!

 

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