Simmons FRP (Folding Roof Prism) ProSport 10X25 Binocular

simmons-frp-prosport-10x25Magnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 25 mm
Close Focus Distance: 12.47 feet
Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 2.8 inches
Weight: 11.3 ounces
Field of View: 288 feet/100 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 8.2 mm/ 2.5 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Coated
Glass: BK7
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: No/No
Eye cups: Twist up
Tripod adaptable: No
Rangefinder: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation, Event Observation

Our Rating: 4.8 Stars

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Simmons FRP ProSport Binoculars Review

This Simmons FRP ProSport 10X25 is a light weight, double-hinged folding binocular with BK7 glass and tough body armor to protect it while keeping your hands securely in place. Finished in camo style with 10X magnification and 25 mm objective lens, you might mistake these for your beloved first pair of binos you had when you were a kid, and that isn’t a bad thing.

The rating this bino is pulling speaks for itself. Furthermore, it’s seeing a solid customer satisfaction record. For a very affordable binocular, it’s doing extremely well for itself.

Since this is such a cost-effective binocular, I couldn’t resist reviewing it. It’s going to be one of the cheapest (without being “cheap”) binoculars you’ll see in our line-up – ever.

For those of you who think a single $20 bill should do it all, you’ll be happy to know that it’s a reality. Now, let’s take a look at this Q&A to see if it’s even worth considering.

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • Close range use
  • Very lightweight
  • Roof prism
  • Versatile
CONs:
  • Not weatherproof

 

FRP ProSport 10X25 Binocular Q&A:

What does FRP mean?

Knowing what to look for in a binocular starts with knowing what all the tacked-on acronyms mean. In this case, FRP stands for Folding Roof Prism binoculars and isn’t unique to Simmons.

You’ll also see it mentioned in other manufactures descriptions too. But, more on this folding feature…

This binocular has double-hinges on each side of the barrels that connect to the bridge of the bino that allows it to fold. This makes this bino a little more compact in size so that it might fit into your pocket to take with you on every hunt.

Why do I say ‘might’? Here’s the scoop on the dimensions…

 

Is this Simmons really a compact binocular?

With the folding feature and a very light weight of 11.3 ounces, you’d think you’d be getting a pretty small device. But, in the realm of compact binos, it’s in the giraffe park of the zoo.

Since Simmons doesn’t publish any information about its dimensions on their website, I did what I always do when I need a straight-up answer…

I called them.

It seems that they don’t know the dimensions either – the product team was “out” for the day. No worries though. Lucky for them, Amazon has the initiative to measure the products they get their hands on to sell. According to Amazon, this seemingly little device is actually a whopping 9.2 (L) x 7 (W) x 2.8 (H) inches.

I even asked technical support if these dimensions sounded right. They said yes… Yeah, that folding feature is looking pretty convenient right about now.

On the other hand, if you take a look at what Walmart measured in, they say it’s a tiny 4.5 (L) x 3.5 (W) x 1.25 (H) inches. Hmm… If you’re not too worried about how big or small this bino is supposed to be, than good for you. For the rest of ya’ll, it’s $20.

If you pick it up from the shelf in a store, return it if it proves to be a heifer.

 

How much does this binocular cost?

When I said earlier that a single $20 bill would do it, I was dead serious. It’s in the $10-$20 range online and you can even get it with free shipping. Throw in about a buck or two for sales tax and you might even be walking away with change in your pocket!

Does it get any better than this? I don’t think so.

 

Is Simmons a brand I can trust?

With a such a low cost price tag, you might be wondering if it’s even worth throwing $20 at it, especially if there are any penny pinchers like me out there. So, for those of you who are asking, I’ll remind you that reviewers online were very happy with it.

Secondly, have you heard of Bushnell? That’s who answered the phone when I called them in Kansas, USA. They acquired Simmons back in 2008 and they’re known for producing some favorite and reliable optics for hunters all around the globe.

They also scored some brownie points with me since I was able to speak to a real, live, human being after choosing only one automated option.

Bushnell is also the parent company for other well-recognized names such as Butler Creek, Tasco, Browning Sports Optics and more. So, if you’ve liked what you’ve read so far, I think you’ll be well-pleased with your roughly $20 purchase.

 

Is it a waterproof binocular?

Unfortunately, it’s not, and this is to help keep those costs so attractive and so low. Although it does have the roof prism design, which means it could be made to be waterproof and fog-proof, it’s more suited for casual use.

If you’re going to be dragging your ProSport through rugged terrain and some dark and heavy weather, you might want to consider a tougher optic like the only other roof prism ProSport 12X50 which we reviewed here.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • BK7 glass in roof prism design for brilliant image quality
  • Extremely light weight ideal for carry-around use
  • Durable rubber armor body for secure gripping in wet and harsh conditions

 

Our Verdict on the FRP ProSport

To glass it up, the Simmons FRP ProSport 10X25 binoculars are a nifty, little pair of binos to have on you, in your back pack, in the car, and anywhere else you think you’ll be spying on people – ahem, we mean wildlife. While it might not be for extended ranges past 100 yards, it’s perfect for neighborhood glassing, seeing groupings at close range, and eyeing up the herd for a 75 yard shot.

However, if you want power variability, the Simmons ProSport Compact 8-17X25 gives it to you in the palm of your hands. It’s so affordable that you only have to skip one lunch meal at your favorite fast food restaurant. That sounds like a fair trade to us.

Of course, Tasco won’t be too far behind to compete in this price range. The Tasco Essentials 10X25 binos (which you can take a look at here) could trick you into thinking you’re buying the Simmons ProSport 10X25 binos! They almost look identical. If you did a little digging in our Simmons reviews, you’ll know that both Simmons and Tasco are owned by the same company. Hm, that makes more sense.

You don’t have to break the piggy bank to afford another pair of eyes for the hunt or the range. Just don’t go spying on your neighbors, you might see something you can’t un-see, and no $20 purchase will ever help you scour it from your brain.

 

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