Barska X-Trail 15X70 Binoculars with Tripod Adaptor & Tripod (Model AB10154)

x-trail-15x70Magnification: 15X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 70 mm
Close Focus Distance: 49.2 feet
Dimensions: not listed
Weight: 44.8 ounces
Field of View: 231 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 20 mm/4.7 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully-Coated
Glass: BAK4
Prism System: Porro
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: No/No
Eye cups: Fold up
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Rangefinder: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Wildlife Observation

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Barska X-Trail Binoculars Review

This Barska X-Trail 15X70 is a huge optic with 15X magnification and large 70 mm objective lenses. It has BAK4 prism glass, long eye relief of 20 mm, and it even has a couple, exciting freebies thrown in with your purchase. Indented finger holds in the rubber armor are designed to provide a non-slip grip, but I don’t think you will be free-handing with this heavy beast for too long!

With plenty of postive reviews online, the X-Trail is reeling in a solid rating, which is excellent for a Barska-made optic and the reason I decided to review it. There was also the 10X50 and even the 8X42 that would be just perfect for the hunter… but, the freebies in this one is what caught my attention.

But, why is a binocular that’s bordering on the spotting scope end of things worth being mentioned in a hunting binocular review? Let the Q&A answer all your questions.

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • High power
  • Large objectives
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Extended eye relief
CONs:
  • Not weatherproof

 

X-Trail 15X70 Binocular Q&A:

Is this a good low light hunting binocular?

Let me start off with saying, it can be. The potential is there, so let’s go over each factor one by one.

Barska doesn’t offer any twilight factor values or light transmission rates, so we’re on our own to interpret its low light quality from what we know about it.

The first factor is obviously the largest one – the 70 mm objective lens size. Straight away you know that your bino is going to have the ability to collect a ton of light if it’s available.

Secondly, the exit pupil – 4.7 mm. This isn’t on the great end for low light hunting, but it’s on the decent end for what binoculars offer.

If your pupils open to a mere 5 mm at night, the binocular won’t be able to provide more light to ensure you’re getting maximum low light strength. But, you sure won’t be missing out on much if the exit pupil is only .3 mm of a difference.

Thirdly, BAK4 prism glass. Most of the time it’s superior to BK7 glass, and in this case, it is. You’re getting maximum reflectivity to get you brighter and clearer images.

 

Is it tripod adaptable?

You would hope so – and it is! With such a high zoom of 15X, you’ll want to be able to maintain a steady image, and it’s hard to do that after about 12X.

The other positive factor about it being tripod adaptable is the X-Trail bino is a pounding 44.8 ounces. You can thank the extra power, the extra objective lens size, and the porro prism for its bulky frame.

 

What are the accessories included?

Forget the normal stuff like the lens cloth, lens covers, neck strap, and the carrying case. You want to know about what has me all excited to feature this very model… It comes with a tripod adapter and a tripod thrown in!

And, when the bino is only around $50-60, this is a steal!

The tripod isn’t just a cheap plastic one either – it’s made out of metal and is very sturdy. If you’re doing any star gazing or long range stationary hunting, this might be the binocular for you.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • High powered optic for extreme long range hunting
  • Tripod adaptable for stargazing, nature observing, or stationary hunting
  • BAK4 prism glass for excellent brightness and clarity
  • Protective no-slip rubber armor for heavy use as well as to endure conditions of rugged terrain
  • Tripod adapter and tripod included in purchase
  • Backed by Barska’s Limited Lifetime Warranty

 

Our Verdict on the X-Trail Binoculars

To glass it up, the Barska X-Trail 15X70 binoculars are a beast of an optic. They definitely border the spotting scope region, but are a binocular. For the price, it’s worth giving them a shot to spot game when the sun starts going down – just pack it up when the rain starts coming in.

If you’d like even more power, the Barska Gladiator 7-21X40 (reviewed here) can give that to you. With zoom capabilities, you’ll be able to go from low to high power with a push of a lever. It’s that simple, and so is the price!

It’s extremely difficult to find a high power binocular with the right kind of price tag. When you’re looking at these high specs, you’re looking at a budget in the hundreds to the thousands. However, the Vortex Vulture HD 15X56 isn’t a $1000 optic. It’s still expensive, but it’s a Vortex – it’s more than worth it!

The Barska binocular line-up covers a wide variety of optics for the specific needs of hunters. If you’re in it for the love and passion of hunting, go big or go home!

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