Steiner HX 8X42 (2014) Binocular – for Stunning Clarity & Low-Light

hx-8x42Magnification: 8X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 8 feet
Dimensions: 5.8 x 4.9 x 2.6 inches
Weight: 28 ounces
Field of View: 326 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 17 mm/5.6 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: BAK-4
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Fast-Close Focus
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Wrap around
Tripod adaptable: No
Rangefinder: No

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

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Steiner HX Binoculars Review

This HX 8X42 binocular has Steiner’s Nano-Protection technology, Fast-Close-Focus, and their N2 Injection System all built into their 10 feet submersible Makrolon housing binocular to make your hunt a successful one. They’ve also been built with excellent luminosity elements and HD lenses on a new and improved ergonomic scouting design.

The HX series of binoculars are yet to see some crazy reviewer activity, for now, they’re still a best-kept secret. The new to 2016 high-end binocular is around $800, and it’s certainly up there with other premium binos, which is why it took out a spot in our best binos below $1000 category.

The HX series is specifically featured as a hunting binocular by Steiner, and they’re the latest edition to the hunting category.

But, what has this HX all the way up in the several hundred dollar price range? We’ll answer this question by highlighting the HX’s most revered features in the following pros, cons and Q&A.

 

PROs:
  • High quality glass
  • High quality coatings
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Large exit pupil
  • For low light use
CONs:
  • Price
  • Heavy

 

HX 8X42 Binocular Q&A:

What is Steiner Nano-Protection?

This is their nano-enforced, hydroponic molecular external lens coatings that’s responsible for keeping your lenses looking like they did when you first took them out of the box.

The external lens coating protects the glass from every element of nature you can throw at it. How? The surface coating creates a smooth and polished exterior that repels fingerprints, dirt, dust, water, and snow.

All particles that don’t belong on the lenses just requires a swift and light wipe with a lens cloth for that clear glassing once again.

With innovative and easy cleaning and coating technologies, this HX is a maintenance-free binocular.

 

What is Hugh Definition?

Okay, this is just a jab at Steiner for a spelling error I found on their website.

I’m not taking it personal though, I’m sure there’s an error or two of mine somewhere in here, and to Steiner’s defense, spell-check doesn’t always catch correctly-written words used out of context. But, back to the binocular at hand.

This HX has High Definition lenses to give every detail of your glassing experience a truly bright and clear view with details of every inch of your prey.

While HD isn’t glass itself, it’s the result of combined glass coatings, lens elements, and in-house grinding and polishing processes that provides the HD effect.

 

Would this be a good low light hunting binocular?

This is going to be an excellent binocular for both day time and low light hunting. While it is only a 8X42, it’s not always objective size that matters, so don’t get too caught up in that hype.

So let’s take a look at what else it has in its ballpark.

According to Steiner, this HX has a luminosity factor of 31.7 and a twilight factor of 23.7. These are excellent values if ultimate brightness at all times of day is important for you. Basically, the higher the number, the better the bino is at maximizing light waves it collects with what little light is available at night, say from the moon.

Also, the luminosity factor is the overall brightness put into a value, and it’s usually in the higher teens or in the twenties for most binoculars. This is the same for twilight factors.

While these values matter, and so does objective lens size, it’s also the quality of the glass that plays a huge role in how good it’s going to perform when the night sky is upon you. Good thing for you, this HX has everything you could want in a high-quality, low light hunting optic.

 

What comes in the box with the purchase?

While the Champ binocular (which we reviewed here) was on the short end of the stick as far as getting all the extra accessories, the Predator 10X42 and this HX 8X42 won’t fall short of your expectations.

It comes with a neoprene neck strap, the ClicLoc System feature, objective lens covers, rain protection lens caps, and the carry case.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Fast-Close-Focus Technology for acquiring speedier image focus than convention center focus systems
  • Fully multi-coated High Definition coatings to for detail-rich, bright, and color enhancement images
  • Steiner Nano Protection coatings for external lens protectant qualities from all sorts of debris and for easy cleaning
  • Fully waterproof and can survive an impressive 10 feet of submersion
  • Dry Nitrogen purged with N2 injection System to stay fog-free in all types of various weather
  • Excellent specs for low light hunting strength
  • New and improved ergonomic design for easier and more comfortable handling when out in the field
  • Makrolon housing with NBR rubber armoring for protection and textiled ridges provides an ergonomic, secure grip
  • ClicLoc System for easy and fast access to binoculars with neck strap or harness
  • Backed by Steiner’s Heritage Warranty

 

Our Verdict on the HX Binocular

To glass it up, the Steiner HX 8X42 binos have everything you want in one unit. The glass and coatings couldn’t be better. However, the HX bino isn’t tripod adaptable, which means you’ll have to use this device free-hand with a whopping 28 ounces on the wrists. If you’re birding for extended periods of time, this isn’t for you. However, if you’ve got a steady hand, and you’re scanning, spotting, and glassing for target location and details, the HX will get you stunning clarity in just moments.

For a tripod adaptable pair of binos from our Steiner line-up, you won’t find one. It’s rather disappointing since an 8X bino can be pretty difficult to steady free-hand with such high power, especially if you’ve got the case of the shakes. But, if you pride yourself with a steady hand, the 10X42 Predator binos might be worth checking out if you wanted that extra reach.

The Nikon PROSTAFF 3S 8×42 (which we reviewed here) is tripod adaptable, and it’s much cheaper. Granted, it doesn’t have that German glass or the extra, luxury coatings that the HX has, but you’ll have the ability to mount this thing for those windy days and when you’ve had one too many cups of coffee.

This Steiner may be priced way out of your budget range, but how do you put a value on world-class glass? Despite the price, it also happens to be one of our favorite Steiners in the line-up. It could be yours too – hint-hint, nudge-nudge, wink-wink!

 

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