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Burris Signature HD 10x42mm Binocular Review (300293) - Open-Bridge Design

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Burris Signature HD 10x42 Binoculars
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Magnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 8.2 feet
Dimensions: 5.8" x 5.0" x 2.0"
Weight: 23.2 oz
Field of View: 314 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 15.5 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

Burris Signature HD 10x42 Binoculars Review

Burris doesn't like to clutter their inventory with inferior products. That's why they've come out with only two, new binocular lines in 2017, and the superior series is the Signature HD binoculars.

Signature HD 10x42 Binocular
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This 10x42 model is the ultimate platform for a versatile binocular user who wants to glass the open terrains, thick timber, or watch for birds either in the skies or in the ponds. Color fidelity is true and resolution is sharp with the phase-corrected BAK-4 prisms that ensures optical quality whether you're glassing up close or need focusing to infinity.

The open-bridge design makes for a lightweight and more comfortable experience enabling you to hold one barrel for convenient handling. Fully weatherproof and shockproof, the Burris binoculars promise exceptional durability and ruggedness in even the harshest of terrains.

Target Tamers was able to field test the Burris Droptine 10x42 binoculars, and if those are any indication of how the Signature HD binoculars will perform, you'll be pleasantly surprised with your buy.

With grippy armoring, matte finish on the bridge, and an open design, you'll have no excuse not to have one of these in your mitts next time you're out in the hunt.


  • High-performance HD lenses
  • Phase-corrected prisms
  • Open bridge design
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Includes accessories


  • Price

Burris Signature HD 10x42 Q&A:

Why are the Signature HD binoculars more expensive?

The Signature HD binoculars (approx. $400) are the superior series compared to the Droptine binoculars (approx $250-300). You're paying extra for the open bridge design and the phase-corrected prisms for optical superiority.

What are all the Available Models in the Signature HD Series?

This is the 10x42 binocular, however, you can also explore the 8x42 and 12x50 models. The Droptine series doesn't offer a 12x50 model, so if you want bigger, the Signature HD has the power and optical quality to maximize full glassing potential from the 12x50 binoculars.

What is the Signature HD 10x42 binocular made out of?

The Signature HD binoculars have a lightweight and durable aluminum alloy chassis that's fully wrapped in a textured, slip-resistant, protective body armor.

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Can you use the 10x42 HD Signature Burris Binoculars with Glasses?

The 10x42 Signature HD binoculars have maximum eye relief of 15.5 mm. While you might be able to use them with glasses comfortably, just ensure the eyecups are twisted all the way down (without extension). If you want more forgiving eye relief, the 8x42 model offers 19.5 mm that will be sure to offer comfort while wearing glasses.

Are there any other Colors Available in the Signature HD Series?

Unfortunately, all of Burris' new binoculars come in the Sand color with a black matte bridge.

How does the 10x42 Burris Signature HD binocular Compare with other 2017 binoculars?

The Burris binoculars have a strong hold in 2017's market. In fact, Field & Stream put 13 new binoculars to the test and the Signature HD model came in at number 8. If that says anything for you, Burris has certainly re-entered the hunting binocular market with a punch!

How big is Burris's 10x42 HD Signature binocular?

The binocular's measurements are only 5.8" x 5.0" x 2.0". It's very compact for a full-size binocular. It weighs only 23.2 ounces thanks to the aluminum alloy chassis keeping it lightweight but strong.

What are Phase-Corrected Prisms?

Burris briefly explains this feature as a coating that improves resolution whether you're glassing up close or far away, but we can go further than that. Roof prism binoculars have prisms with glass surfaces that aren't all internally reflective. They need additional and specific coatings to transmit and reflect light. On top of this, special phase coatings are required to keep lightwaves in phase once they come into contact with the glass in the prism assembly.

If lightwaves are kept in sync along the focal length of the optical plane within the binocular, you'll have superior resolution, contrast, and color fidelity when you glass.

Noteworthy Features:

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

Our Verdict on the 10x42 Signature HD Binoculars

To glass it up, the Burris Signature HD 10x42 binoculars are worth the upgrade if you want ultimate optical quality with the open bridge and dual hinge design. On one hand, you get the convenience of easier handling and better clarity, but on the other hand, you're having to pay almost 200 bucks for it.

Signature Binos
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If you find you'd rather pocket the extra cash, the Burris Droptine 10x42 binoculars are the no-brainer buy. It's exactly the same as the Signature HD models in color and finish, but it lacks the phase-corrected prisms and open bridge.

However, if you'd like to hunt the middle ground between the two Burris prices, you might consider the Carson 3D ED 10x42 binoculars. They have excellent features and quality for the price, and they're even available in a Mossy Oak finish.

Burris knows what their fans want out of a binocular - a no fuss, high-performing, and simple to use optic at an affordable price. Burris delivers it!

Further Reading

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Simon is an avid outdoor enthusiast and the founder of Target Tamers. He is passionate about bringing you the most up to date, accurate & understandable information on sports optics of all kinds and for all applications. Simon has contributed to notable publications online and teaches beginners the technical side of optics through his extensive library of optics guides.

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