Barska 10×42 WP Embark Open-Bridge Binocular Review (Model AB12680)

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barska embark 10x42 binocularsMagnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 6.5 feet
Dimensions: 5.12 x 6.25 x 2 inches
Weight: 22.4 ounces
Field of View: 294 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 15 mm/4 mm
Optics Coatings: Multi-Coated
Glass: BAK4
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Fold up
Tripod adaptable: No
Rangefinder: No

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

Our Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Barska Embark Binoculars Review

This Barska Embark 10X42 open-bridge binocular has multi-coated optics on a roof prism design with BAK4 glass. Its non-slip textured and shock-absorbing armor has a brown finish that fully protects internal elements from all types of weather. Add to that the fact that it has been nitrogen-purged and then O-ring sealed and you have a fog-proof, waterproof, shock-proof low budget binocular.

The Embark is still relatively new and it hasn’t been discovered as the next raving craze of the hunting optics industry. But, there’s still hope for it yet.

As one of the newer Barska binoculars tagged for under $100, it’s the ideal, basic roof prism binocular with BAK4 glass on a 10X42 platform that all hunters want. Its beautiful simplicity is what scores with the hunter and why it’s counted in the top nine!

If you’re looking to buy Barska binoculars for a great price without compromising on quality, make sure you know everything there is to know by reading the Q&A before paying anything.


  • Price
  • Very close focus distance
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Compact
  • Shock-absorbing armor

  • Not tripod adaptable


Embark 10×42 Binocular Q&A:

What is the close focus distance on the 10×42 Embark binoculars?

This Embark has a great close focus distance of 6.5 feet. If you need a refresher on what exactly close focus distance is, simply put, it’s the nearest distance to you where you can still retain a focused image.

Sometimes the close focus distance ends up being a little closer than what optics manufacturers advertise for, but 6.5 feet is still excellent.


Is there a compact version of this Embark 10×42 binocular?

According to Barska, this 10X42 is a compact binocular, although it’s specs are more in the mid-size category for weight and size. It weighs 22.4 ounces and is 5.12 x 6.25 x 2 inches. That’s still lightweight and small enough to be taken to every hunt without thinking twice about toting it around.

But, there is one other binocular in the Embark series and it’s the closed bridge, single hinge 10X26 model. The 26 mm objective lens size cuts out a lot of the weight and size.

It only weighs a mere 10.4 ounces – this is lighter than some of the brands binoculars that have been specifically labelled as compact. It’s also only 4.5 x 4.75 x 1.5 inches in size.


Does the 10×42 Embark binocular come with a warranty?

All of Barska’s binoculars come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty – even those that are less than $100, like this Embark.

You will have to register your binocular with Barska and you will need to keep your receipt/proof of purchase… forever, if you want to take advantage of your warranty or any service claims.


Noteworthy Features:

  • 10X42 popular hunting specs
  • Large and knurly center focus knob for easy and smooth focusing
  • Multi-coated BAK4 prism glass for great brightness and clarity
  • Shock-absorbing rubber armor with non-slip textured surface for secure gripping
  • 100% fully waterproof and fog-proof to outlast all types of weather
  • Backed by Barska’s Limited Lifetime Warranty


Our Verdict on the 10×42 Embark Binoculars

To glass it up, the Barska Embark 10X42 binoculars has almost everything you need in binoculars built for hunting. The only downside is that it’s not tripod adaptable. While most people glass free-hand, it’s still a shame that it lacks this capability since many other Barska binoculars have it.

For example, the roof prism Air View 10X42 binoculars which we reviewed here are tripod adaptable and they’re comparable in size and weight. Granted, the Air Views are more expensive, so maybe that’s where the cost savings are with the Embark binoculars.

To prove this point even further, the Redfield Rebel 10X42 binoculars are tripod adaptable with comparable optic specs as the Embark. However, you will pay more for the ability to mount it. If that price jump doesn’t bother you, you can read more about the Rebel binos right here.

It seems Barska saved you some cash by leaving out the tripod mounting system. That’s okay, the Embark is easy to use free-hand anyway. Save the stationary use to those who have time on their hands – we’ve got some hunting to do!

BARSKA Binoculars AB12680 10x42 Wp, Embark, Brown Color
  • 10x Magnification, 42mm Objective Lens
  • Multicoated Optics



Simon is an avid outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about bringing you the most up to date, accurate & understandable information on hunting, optics, and the outdoors.

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