Bushnell 10X42 Excursion HD Binoculars with Soft-Touch (Model 242410)

bushnell-excursion-hd-10x42Magnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 6.5 feet
Dimensions: 7.1 x 6.1 x 5.9 inches
Weight: 23.5 ounces
Field of View: 241 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, Event Observation

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Bushnell Excursion HD Binoculars Review

The Excursion HD 10X42 binoculars feature PC-3 phase coatings on BaK-4 roof prisms, are 100% waterproof and fog-proof and built with soft-touch thumb grips to provide ultimate comfort when glassing for hours on end. According to Bushnell, the Excursion HD binos have nearly 10% more viewing area than their closest competitors and a generous eye relief.

If there’s a Bushnell binocular that can proudly hold its own alongside a premium brand like Zeiss, it’s this one – and there are plenty of reviewers who have given it a strong rating that would seem to agree.

If you’re wondering why I chose this particular bino to review, just let these words from Outdoor Life where the Excursion was featured in the June/July 2014 edition say it all, “This is how a budget binocular should behave: tight, bright and light on the wallet.” Now, it’s my job to take you through the nitty gritty to see if this bino is deserving of this compliment.

If you’re just as curious as I am about how the Excursion holds up to Outdoor Life’s praises, let’s pore over the following Q&A.

 

Update - 2017.08.17The 10X42 Excursion HD may no longer be available. You might like to check out Bushnell’s Legend L-Series 10X42 as an alternative. This popular binocular is an upgrade on the award-winning Legend Ultra. Check it out here.

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Gel thumb pad
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Very close focus distance
CONs:
  • Focusing issues

 

Excursion HD 10X42 Binocular Q&A:

Is there a locking mechanism?

Just having this question asked in this section is probably a dead give-away – yes, it does. But, what does this mean?

This means that the center focus wheel can be adjusted and then locked into place to prevent your image from going out of focus or causing strain on the eyes, especially when you’re unaware that it was knocked or bumped out of place.

For this specific model, it shouldn’t be confused with a locking diopter – the adjustable eyepiece.

 

What exactly is the “Soft-Touch thumb grip”?

Well, you know how some binos come with thumb indents to help encourage a proper hand held position and balance that can actually reduce fatigue? Well the soft-touch thumb grip isn’t that – it’s much more.

Bushnell goes all out and places a large sized gel pad under the rubber armor of the binoculars. It’s larger than a thumb indent because everyone’s thumb sizes vary.

Even if the gel pad doesn’t help to grip the bino any easier than normal, it’s still pretty fancy to see it on here and to feel it moving around under your thumb once you know what it is.

If you didn’t, it might feel a little weird. Good thing is, there will be no nerve pinching in the thumbs for you – ever.

 

What is the eye relief?

“Can you wear glasses with it” is one of the most common questions that’s asked when people are shopping for binoculars. The two things to take into consideration if you’re a glasses wearer is the eye relief and eye cups.

This bino has the twist up eye cups so that you can adjust for what’s comfortable for you, but just as important is the eye relief – the distance from the eyepiece to your eyes to still view the image on the same optical axis where you can see it in its entirety.

Bushnell says this bino has a long eye relief of 15.5 mm, but the Legacy WP 8X42 has a really long eye relief of 18 mm. For those who wear specs, you’ll want 15 mm at the minimum.

For thicker lenses, strong prescriptions, and glasses that sit further down on the nose, you’ll want to consider 16 to 18 mm of eye relief. Just remember that not enough eye relief will narrow your field of view, and if you have too much eye relief, you’re going to see weird shaped shadows floating around in the optical field.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Twist up eye cups for easy and fast use for eye relief and glasses wearers
  • BaK-4 prisms for optimal glass quality
  • Optical precision image quality with Roof Prism System
  • Fully weatherproof and rain repellent with RainGuard HD
  • Soft-Touch thumb grip for optimal comfort in any hunting situation
  • PC-3 Phase Coated prism coatings for reduced color fringing, increased contrast, and improved color resolution
  • Light weight for an all-purpose, standard-size binocular

 

Our Verdict on the Excursion HD

To glass it up, the Bushnell Excursion HD 10X42 binoculars have earned a standing applause. They’re incredibly popular because they do exactly what they’re intended to do – glass. However, not everyone finds this pair easy to focus or keep in focus. With such a small percentage of buyers with these complaints, it does make us wonder if it’s user error or defective products. On the flip side, most buyers don’t experience these issues at all.

If you wanted to try your hand at another 10X42 bino from Bushell, the Trophy XLT 10X42 Bone Collector is another excellent option. It has a wider field of view, is cheaper in price, and has the Dura-Grip rubber armor – check it out here for a full run-down.

Outside of Bushnell, we found a very competitive bino to compare to the Excursion. It’s the Vortex Diamondback 10X42 binoculars that far exceeded our expectations and will exceed yours. We even think its price is too low for its quality – now that’s saying something!

Bushnell does offer some viable competition for big name optic brands. What they do best is offer optics with low prices. When you’re in the market for a binocular, you can trust that Bushnell has a bino that will perfectly fit your needs.

 

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