10X25 Waterproof Barska Colorado Compact Binoculars (Model CO10696)

colorado-10x25Magnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 25 mm
Close Focus Distance: 26 feet
Dimensions: 4.25 inches (L)
Weight: 13.45 ounces
Field of View: 303 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 10.5 mm/2.5 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully-Coated
Glass: BK7
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Fold up
Tripod adaptable: No
Rangefinder: No

Best Uses: Hunting, Close-Range Target Shooting, Birdwatching, Event Observation

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Barska Colorado Binoculars Review

This Barska Colorado 10X25 binocular is a compact, fully waterproof and fog-proof bino with fully coated BK7 optics, grooved center focus dial, and a contoured rubber armor exterior. Designed to be used in a variety of outdoor activities, from hunting to sightseeing, it not surprising that a wide range of people have offered feedback about the unit online. And considering the number of consumers who have weighed in, the Colorado has a surprisingly decent rating for a sub-30 dollar bino!

In fact, the sheer numbers of reviews for an affordable, compact binocular is what earned the Colorado a spot on among our Barska binocular reviews – well that and the very bright yellow or pink armored housing that protects the weatherproof optic.

To get a sneak peak on what has people in the hundreds buying up the Colorado bino, here’s the Q&A.

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • Multiple size options
  • Multiple color options
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Compact
CONs:
  • Short eye relief

 

Colorado 10X25 Binocular Q&A:

Is this a fully waterproof and fog-proof binocular?

Its weatherproof-ability is the one highlight of this low budget Colorado that’s worth bragging about. For an entry level binocular to be completely weatherproof at this price – it’s unheard of.

 

Are there any other Colorado binocular options?

If you’re looking for binoculars online, the Colorado series has a large selection of various magnification and objective lens size combos. This 10X25 is only one of 12 options.

They even have the popular 10X42 platform, a variable 6-18X21, and a larger 10-30X60 beast.

 

What makes this a compact binocular?

The waterproof Colorado is definitely small in size. A large part of that is due to its 25 mm objective lenses and length of 4.25 inches. However, it does weigh 13.45 ounces which is on the heavier end for a compact bino.

 

What is the eye relief?

The eye relief of this bino is an extremely short 10.5 mm. There have been some glasses-wearing users that say they don’t have a problem with using the Colorado, but at least on paper, the eye relief is typically too short for most glasses-wearers.

And, what’s the result of unforgiving eye relief? – those gnarly, blackened edges that lessen your field of view.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Fully-coated BK7 prism glass for clear and bright mid-range viewing
  • Fully 100% waterproof and fog-proof for absolute weatherproof-ability
  • Durable and indented rubber armored body for protection in rugged terrain and for secure gripping
  • Grooved center focus dial for easy and smooth focusing
  • Compact and lightweight binocular for all types of mid-range outdoor activities
  • Backed by Barska’s Limited Lifetime Warranty

 

Our Verdict on the Colorado Binoculars

To glass it up, the Barska Colorado 10X25 binoculars is a cute and nifty, little thing. To offer full weatherproofness in this price range, it’s a steal. However, the eye relief is very short for most users with glasses. You’ll definitely want to give it a test run first if you can, otherwise its cheap price is worth the risk.

For more forgiving eye relief, the Barska Huntmaster 8X42 offers up 18.4 mm of generous eye relief. It is on the pricier end of the spectrum, but since it offers what Barska would consider “premium features”, it’s worth checking out.

The Simmons ProSport Compact 8-17X25 binos (reviewed here) are comparable in mag plus objective lens size and price. However, with the ProSport, you’ll be opting for the reverse Porro prism design but gaining the magnification capabilities of a zoom binocular. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

Barska certainly throws out variety to its glassing demographic. If you’re in need for a compact, low-powered optic, you can’t beat the low price of the Colorado. Hundreds of other buyers agree!

 

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