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Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 4.3 feet
Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 3 inches
Weight: 26.4 ounces
Field of View: 341 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 16.3 mm/4 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Eye cups: Twist up
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation
Redfield Rebel 10×42 Binocular Review
This Redfield Rebel 10X42 has everything you want to see in an entry level binocular. This includes the fully waterproof and fog-proof feature, fully multi-coated lenses, and BAK4 prism glass on a fully armored aluminum body.
Consumers have gone nuts over the $130 Rebel… it must be something about the “bad boy” rebel attraction. There’s plenty of reviewers online that have fallen in love with these binoculars. Now that’s deserving of a cat call.
As the most talked about binocular in the entire Redfield series with its run away ratings, this Rebel well deserving of review and a spot on our list of the best binoculars for under $200.
I know you’re anxious to get right into the depths of this Q&A – so please, don’t let me stop you.
- Tripod adaptable
- Fully weatherproof
- Armored body
- Accessories included
- Too powerful (see our verdict for an explanation)
Rebel 10X42 Binocular Q&A:
This Rebel binocular, and every other binocular produced by Redfield, is built with BAK4 prism glass. Did you expect anything different? More impressively, every Leupold binocular is built with BAK4 prism glass too.
When Leupold builds quality binoculars, there’s no dealing with anything that can possibly be less than the best.
Additionally, I was really curious about the quality of the BAK4 prism glass, so I called Redfield/Leupold & Stevens. It seems that they take their glass manufacturing very seriously and they don’t even bother with what the internet says about BAK4 standards.
They have their own custom quality standards that they expect to be fulfilled by every one of their manufacturing contractors.
To ensure that every single lens is upheld to their high standard, they undergo a vigorous quality control procedure before it’s ever put into a box to be shipped out to you.
There’s no official distance that’s advertised with this specific Rebel. But, the good news is, there’s been a lot of input about its ranging capabilities. With lots of people throwing in their review online and with it being used in the hands of real life hunters, sea men, and safari tourists, it’s been tested in nearly every field you can imagine.
According to real life use, expect to see it perform for every distance that you need for hunting.
If you’re deer hunting in sub-250 yard distances, this will be an excellent optic. If you’re thinking more along the lines of long range viewing in 400-600 yards, this is still a good choice.
You will also be able to take this thing out to 1000 yards and still get the scoop on the far-away herd. Whether or not you shoot at these distances, I’m not here to debate that, but if you want to see out that far, your binocular will get you there. By the way, its close focus distance is a very nice 4.3 feet.
Absolutely! Leupold includes a soft case, lens covers for each lens, and a neoprene neck strap. That’s everything you need to properly tote and stow your binocular with ease. You could replace these accessories with higher quality ones if you wanted to, but why when these do the job just fine? Besides…
Everyone gets excited seeing a few extra bonus items in the box when it arrives. And, even if you don’t show your excitement publicly, don’t worry, I’ll keep your little secret… you know, that victory dance you do when you think no one’s looking because you saved a few bucks and still got some extras thrown in?
Yeah… you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Now, if you ever intend to sift through Redfield’s binocular inventory, just be prepared to be a little confused. According to the binocular homepage, there are only five models that are currently available.
The Rebel 8X32 and 10X42. The Renegade 10X50 and 10X36. And lastly, the Battlefield 10X42.
Now, here’s the tricky part. If you compare all the specs expecting to see these five models compared, you’ll actually get more than you bargained for. In addition to the above-listed binoculars, Redfield also gives spec comparisons for six more discontinued models.
While the additional info may seem unnecessary since they’re discontinued products, Redfield through Amazon and other independent retailers are still selling what they have on their shelves until they’re out.
This is when the techs and specs available through the Redfield website still comes in handy. For those of you who might want to give a different magnification+objective lens size combo a try, the recently discontinued line offers a variety.
The discontinued Rebels are the 8X25, 10X25, 8X42, and 10X50. The discontinued Renegades are the 8X36 and 7X50. Knowing this will make all the difference when shopping online or at the store.
The Rebel binoculars are made in China. You’ll see this clearly printed on the binocular in small letters. But, don’t let this discourage you from buying a pair of the Rebel, Renegades, or Battlefield binoculars for three reasons.
The first is that Leupold has strict and high quality standards that their optics manufacturing contractors have to fulfill.
The second reason is cost. By outsourcing the manufacturing, you get the cheaper cost when you’re ready to “add to cart”.
And, the last reason is warranty. Leupold & Stevens backs their products with their warranties, and the Redfield binocular line is no exception to the rule. If you need a repair or a replacement, you’re not dealing with China, you’re working with the American Leupold & Stevens company.
And, if you know anything about anything, you’d know that Leupold is revered for their customer service and their excellent warranty fulfillment’s.
- Twist up eye cups for a fast and custom fit
- Tripod adaptable for long range viewing and steady handling
- BAK4 prism glass for superior and brilliant image quality
- Fully multi-coated lenses for ultimate light transmission potential and pristine images
- Also available in 8X32 model
- Fully 100% waterproof and fog-proof for ultimate weatherproof-ability
- Durable fully armored aluminum body for a robust build and secure gripping
- Comes with a neoprene neck strap, lens covers, and soft case
- Backed by Redfield’s Limited Lifetime Guarantee
Our Verdict on the Redfield 10×42 Rebel Binoculars
To glass it up, the Redfield Rebel 10X42 binoculars is exactly as advertised: powerful, crystal clear, and durable. It’s too bad that some folks felt it was worth returning and rating it down because it was “too powerful.” Who does that? Other complaints were invalid since it reflected shipping times and separate retailer/vendor issues. A delayed order has nothing to do with the performance of the product – full stop!
However, if you feel the 10X42 binoculars will be too powerful for you, save yourself some time and money with the Redfield 8X32 model. Seriously though? We have to talk to you down from something that should’ve been obvious for your needs? Good news is, you won’t have to give the 10X42 binoculars a bad rap, you’ll save yourself some cash, and you won’t look like an idiot in the process – ’nuff said.
In this same price range, you could go with the Leupold BX-1 McKenzie 10×42 binoculars which we reviewed here. They’re about right on par with each other, and if you really want to know the truth about the ratings, the Redfield still wins out.
The Rebel is a dependable optic that can be a powerful tool when wielded in the right hands. If the words “It’s too powerful” comes out of your mouth, you might want to down grade to a low budget brand. Don’t worry, there’s a dime-a-dozen of those. Stick with Redfield if you want the quality to meet your demands – they’ll get it done.
- Waterproof, fog proof, shock proof
- Enormous 65-degree apparent field of view