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Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 16 feet
Dimensions: not listed
Weight: 23.28 ounces
Field of View: 315 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 17.5 mm/4.2 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Prism System: Porro
Focus System: Center
Eye cups: Twist up
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation
Barska Crossover Binoculars Review
This Barska Crossover 10X42 has twist up eyecups, fully multi-coated BAK4 prism glass, and is fully weatherproof. It has non-slip and shock absorbing rubber armor on a mid-size body that’s tripod adaptable. To protect the binocular from moisture damage, it has been nitrogen-purged and O-Ring sealed against water to stop fogging.
With a large center focus knob and included neck strap, lens cloth and carry case, it is no wonder the Crossover has a decent online rating with consumers leaving behind a trail of reviews.
But, there is one reason I caught wind of this binocular… When you see it, you’ll know what I’m talking about – that bright, safety orange, mossy oak finish. Because it drew my eye, it got my vote to be reviewed.
But, with so many Barska binoculars available, what sets this one apart from the rest? You’ll have to read the Q&A to discover that.
- Fully weatherproof
- Twist up eye cups
- Tripod adaptable
- Multiple color finishes
- Cheap construction
Crossover 10X42 Binocular Q&A:
If you were to examine both the 10X42 Air View and the 10X42 Crossover binocular, you’d find that optically, they’re almost identical.
Granted, you can see the physical differences – the Air View is a roof prism binocular with an open bridge design and is marginally smaller and lighter in weight. The Crossover is a porro prism binocular with a stylish finish.
But… they both have fully multi-coated optics, BAK4 prism glass, and are fully weatherproof; are tripod adaptable, have twist up eyecups, and rugged shock-absorbing armor.
Even the exit pupil, eye relief, field of view, and close focus distance are all very similar. But, one of the most important differences is the cost – this porro prism Crossover is only in the $85 range whereas the Air View will run you up over $100.
The 10X42 with the Mossy Oak Blaze finish (pictured) is only one of five binoculars in the Crossover line.
There’s the black 10X42, pink (metallic-like) 8X30, black 8X30, and Mossy Oak Winter Pink 8X30.
And, just as a heads up, the black 10X42 is the most expensive Crossover in the higher end of the $80 range.
I think it is safe to say Barska has a style to suit every taste with these binoculars!
The Crossover binoculars are a great all-purpose binocular that many outdoor enthusiasts would want to pack with them anytime they set foot outside the door. If you’re hunting, bird watching, nature observing, or hiking, these will perform outstandingly for a Barska binocular.
Although it’s priced in the mid-range for a Barska, it has the brands high end optical advantages.
- 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
- Available in Mossy Oak Blaze or Black; available in 8X30 models with various finishes
- Rugged, shock-absorbing armor for protection on a porro prism design
- 100% fully waterproof and fog-proof to outlast all types of weather
- Backed by Barska’s Limited Lifetime Warranty
Our Verdict on the Barska Crossover Binoculars
To glass it up, the Barska Crossover 10X42 binoculars are a great buy. Even though its construction isn’t super durable, it’ll hold up during the hunt or any recreational use you dabble in.
Its optical strengths are practically identical to the roof prism Barska Air View 10X42 binos which we reviewed. If you prefer the straight-line look, be prepared for a price jump. However, you’ve got the better buy right here.
Another alternative to consider is the Bushnell Legacy WP 8X42. There’s no risk in price since they’re quite competitive. However, the Bushnell does offer a larger exit pupil, wider field of view, and a very close focus distance. If those features are attractive to you, our review of the Legacy is worth a look. Alternatively, you could check out some of the other 10X42 binoculars that we have reviewed.
If you like the old-school Porro prism look of a binocular, you’ll love the Crossover. Optically, it’s better than any roof prism binocular, plus, it’s cheaper. Does Barska do it for you? Yeah, they do, and they do it right too!