Burris Droptine 10×42 Binocular Review (Roof Prism Sand Binoculars)

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Burris Droptine 10x42 BinocularsMagnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 7 feet
Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.8 Inches
Weight: 20.1 oz
Field of View: 300 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 16.5 mm/4.2 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully multi-coated
Glass: BAK-4
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: 4.7 out of 5 stars

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Burris Droptine 10x42mm Binoculars Review

Photo of Ducks on Lake taken through Burris 10x42 Droptine Binoculars

Photo taken through 10×42 Droptine Binoculars.

As part of the entry-level line of binoculars for Burris, these Droptine binoculars are far from basic or mediocre. Brand new to 2017, Burris re-entered the binocular game with their Droptine and Signature HD binoculars. The Droptine 10×42 units are fantastic binoculars for quality and value if you’re on a tight budget.

They have fully multi-coated lenses, shockproof and weatherproof housing, and they’re full in size while being compact and lightweight. In fact, they’re so lightweight at 20.1 oz that you probably won’t need to use any of the many accessories included in the purchase. Speaking of additional accessories, you can expect a carry case, neoprene neck strap, and carry case strap; one-piece eyepiece covers, objective lens caps, and lens cleaning cloth.

The closed bridge design may look cumbersome, but the binoculars are comfortable to hold, carry, and use. The grippy all-over body armor has a diamond texture that perfectly matches the knurled design on the diopter and center focus knob.

Because it’s still so new to the market, a lot of people haven’t yet caught on to the Droptine series and the value and performance it offers. Good thing for you, Target Tamers was able to field test this model and put it through the ringer. Other than a little bit of color loss, the binoculars impressed, and they proved to be an excellent asset in the field.


  • Price
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Includes accessories

  • Minimal color loss


Droptine 10×42 Binoculars Q&A:

What is the Color Finish on the Droptine Binoculars?

The Droptine binoculars feature the Sand color with a diamond texture armor for protection and non-slip grip. The bridge, eyecups, and center focus wheel are black.

Burris Binoculars Photographed on a Rock


Are the Burris 10×42 Droptine binoculars fully weatherproof?

These binoculars are heavily protected with weather-resistant armor, and is also O-ring sealed with nitrogen gas for fogproofness. They’re also shockproof to ensure dependability and functionality from accidental drops and bangs.


What is the Forever Warranty?

The Forever Warranty is a No Questions Asked Warranty. This means that Burris fully backs their binoculars with free repair and replacements despite any damage that might occur.

Burris Droptine binoculars in case showing 'Forever Warranty' tag


Does the Diopter or Eyecups have a locking mechanism?

Neither the diopter or eyecups have a lock feature. However, the diopter is stiff to use to ensure that it won’t accidentally come out of focus. The eyecups also require a deliberate rotation to pull out to position. You can’t push down on the eyecups for movement unless you’re intentionally twisting them into place.


What is the Difference Between the Droptine and the Signature HD models?

The Droptine binoculars are the entry-level series that are more affordable than the Signature HD models. The Droptines have a closed bridge system. The Signature HD features superior optical quality due to the phase-corrected prisms. They also have an open bridge design.


Where is the 10×42 Burris Droptine Binocular Made?

This Burris binocular is made in China according to the strict manufacturing processes required by the USA and Burris Optics. It may be very difficult to see and find, but you will be able to identify the country it was made in by analyzing the engraved metal piece that connects to the tripod bushing on the underside of the binocular.

Made in China engraving on Burris binoculars


What is the IPD Range on the Droptine 10×42 binoculars?

The IPD range is 57-74 mm. It’s a little wider than most other standard, full-size binoculars to adjust for a variety of IPDs among various users.


How can the Carrying Case be used?

The durable carry case that comes included in the purchase has a buckle closing system with a mesh zipper pocket on the inside of the flap. It fits the hunters binoculars to a T for shoulder strap use or for protecting during storage. The case can be used to be looped with a belt for hip carrying, or it can be used with the included shoulder strap that comes in the purchase.


Is there a Shoulder Harness Included with the Droptine 10×42 Binoculars?

While Burris did send Target Tamers a shoulder harness for the field test, it’s not a typical accessory that’s included free of charge in the purchase. However, you do get the included durable carry case, neoprene neck strap, and a carry case shoulder strap.

Accessories Included with Burris Droptine Binoculars


Do the 10×42 Droptine Burris Binoculars come with Lens Caps?

It does! The binocular comes with a one-piece eyepiece cover and rubber, flip-up objective lens caps. The lens caps are positioned in place with a indent in the objective bell that keeps them secure. If you remove them and then place them back, you can positively see and hear them “snap” back into position to prevent accidental loss.


Noteworthy Features:

  • New to 2017
  • Easy to use, smooth and fast focus
  • Comfortable and lightweight to handle
  • Includes additional accessories for convenience and protection
  • Excellent warranty


Our Verdict Burris’s 10x42mm Droptine Binoculars

To glass it up, the Burris Droptine 10×42 binoculars are a must-have if you want to spend less than $300. It’s very user-friendly with its smooth controls, and it will get the job done whether you’re in the thick timber or out in the vast fields. However, you’ll need suitable conditions with enough ambient light to maximize clarity.

Since Burris has decided to get back into the binocular market, you may as well check out what the Signature HD binoculars offer. You might find that the open bridge and phase-corrected prisms agree with you.

If you want a little more bang for you buck, you could spend less and go with the Bushnell 10×42 Legend L Series binoculars that has way more bells and whistles than it should for its price!

If you want something simple that works and works well, the Burris Droptine binoculars are more than deserving of your consideration. We think they’re worth the price, and they’ll certainly last longer and take more abuse than you think you can dish out!

Burris Optics Burris Dropline 10x42mm Roof Prism Sand Binoculars, Tan 300291
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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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