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Vortex knows optics, and most importantly, people. It’s why they’re a successful American and family-owned optics manufacturer that’s known as one of the most responsive companies to deal with as a customer. After all, if you know people and their demands, you’re in a position to make something they truly want.
Vortex delivers high-quality products with the latest technologies and clearest glass. Over the last decade, they’ve proven they can compete with world-known, high-end manufacturers.
When you buy Vortex, you don’t just get in on the brand, you join a family of hunters, sharp shooters, and avid outdoorsmen. Welcome to Vortex Nation.
Best Vortex Scopes
|Crossfire II 3-9x40 (Dead-Hold BDC)||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Strike Eagle 1-6x24||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Viper HST 4-16X44 (VMR-1 MOA)||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Viper PST Gen II 5-25x50 (EBR-2C MOA)||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Razor HD AMG 6-24X50||VIEW ON AMAZON|
Vortex Scope Reviews
Vortex has a reputation of producing high-quality rifle scopes in a budget that every buyer can afford. The best thing is, you don’t have to pay extra to get their VIP warranty, and you don’t have to wonder if you’re getting the best price. Vortex scopes consistently hold their value as they’ve proven to be rugged, reliable, and accurate machines.
Whether it’s entry-level quality, a premium, HD scope, or something in between, you can expect you’re getting the absolute best in your price range.
Vortex – they’re doing their job: providing you with quality options. It’s time you do yours – make sure you buy a scope that is as ready as you are for every situation you’re brave enough to face, be it in the field, hunt, or at the range.
Crossfire II 3-9X40 Review
- The 3-9x40 Crossfire II riflescope is one of many configurations in the Crossfire II line. The Dead-Hold BDC reticle is good for hunting/shooting at varying ranges where...
The 3-9×40 specs never fail when you plan on using the same scope for a range of shooting applications. It’s also the easy pick in a lineup of similarly priced scopes because it’s made with high-performance quality iconic to the Crossfire II series.
- BDC reticle
- FMC optics
- Capped/resettable turrets
- Canted reticles
Take this thing out to the range or the field since you can holdover out to 500 yards with hashmarks for winddrift too. It’s easy to do with 60 MOA in travel adjustment, 1/4 MOA clicks, and the dead-hold BDC reticle. Once you’re sighted-in to your 100-yard zero, reset your turrets to “0” without any tools required.
With FMC (fully multi-coated) optics, a fast-focus eyepiece, and 3.8″ of eye relief, you’re all set to get Vortex image quality.
Unfortunately, canted reticles either happen at the range or out of the box – clearly a defect that Vortex’s VIP warranty can take care of. Good thing, it’s not the trend.
This isn’t a cheap scope like every other one in the market with a similar price tag. It’s a high-performing one with unmatched warranty coverage for range, tactical, and hunting use. For as popular as it is, it’s a good bet you know someone with this very scope on their rig – that’s why you’re here!
Strike Eagle 1-6X24 Review
- The Strike Eagle 1-6x24 is defined by speed and versatility. Adjust to six power when you need to engage targets at a distance
Sporting an AR-15? For close to mid-range hunting, patrol, or law enforcement applications, the Strike Eagle 1-6x scope was made for it. With low variable power, an AR-BDC 5.56 reticle, and some high-end features to brag about, this scope is bound to please.
- Glass-etched reticle
- Illuminated reticle
- AR-BDC reticle
- 30 mm tube
- Restricting eyebox
There’s some anecdotal evidence that the Strike Eagle (SE) has an unforgiving eyebox. If you plan on shooting in 3-gun comps with the SE, you mightn’t appreciate the tight parameters to achieve the right eye-to-image alignment.
Fortunately, most buyers don’t experience any optical issues, and the glass-etched, illuminated, AR-BDC reticle makes for effective shooting in the hunt, on patrol, or for home defense. The AR reticle is designed for the popular 5.56 mm cartridge, and the illuminated segmented circle makes for rapid target acquisition.
With 1/2 MOA adjustments, a wide and robust 30 mm tube body, and low, capped profile turrets, it’s really not a wonder why it’s an extremely popular AR scope for the price. The SE is set and ready to take a beating and bring down targets both near and far.
Viper HST 4-16×44 Review
- The Viper HS-T 4-16x44 is one of multiple configurations in the Viper HS-T (Hunting & Shooting Tactical) line. VMR-1 Reticle (MOA) is perfect for accurate holds at...
The HST series of scopes is the perfect combination of the Viper PST and HS lines. Favorite features are meticulously paired together with a tactical approach, and what you end up with is the long-ranging Viper HST 4-16×44.
- Side focus
- 30 mm tube
- 4″ long eye relief
- XD glass
- Zero Stop
- Windage turret issues
It seems a rare occurrence of various windage turret issues plague the buyer. Anything from backwards spinning adjustments to loose turret attachments is the cause of frustration – nothing the VIP warranty can’t handle.
This is a tactical scope all the way. It has tall, exposed turrets that definitely demands attention, a robust 30 mm tube that provides 75 MOA in adjustments, and a fiber optic radius and Mag-View bar.
The VMR-1 MOA reticle has hashmarks for long-ranging shots with holdover points for wind correction. The reticle is in the SFP (second focal plane), so crosshairs will stay thin and won’t obscure your target for tight groupings at extended ranges.
With Extra-low dispersion (XD) glass elements, you’ll have minimal, if any at all, chromatic aberration and the best clarity a side focus and XR glass coatings can achieve. The CRS Zero Stop is always a much-appreciated feature.
If you’re after a feature-packed scope, the HST has a long list of them.
Viper PST Gen II 5-25X50 Review
- The Viper PST Gen II takes incredible performance and rock solid tactical features to new heights. The 5-25x50 first focal plane riflescope is incredibly versatile and...
Precision. Accuracy. Long-range. If there’s a scope worth pulling the trigger on, it’s with a PST Gen II scope. High magnification, FFP reticle, and optimum clarity – nothing is beyond your reach.
- XD glass
- Glass-etched reticle
- Illuminated/FFP reticle
- RZR Zero Stop
- 30 mm tube
- Stiff magnification ring
It goes without saying that this scope is heavy at 31.2 oz. It’s the trade-off for all the features and build quality in this precision rifle scope. The magnification ring has said to be stiff, and there’s some demand from buyers that a throw lever be included as an accessory which would be convenient for the wide 5-25x power range, but it’s a separate buy if you want it.
The glass-etched EBR-2C reticle is in the FFP (First Focal Plane) so you can reliably use the illuminated holdover points at any point in the magnification range. With 10 illumination intensity settings and “off” positions in between on the side focus knob, you can shoot accurately at any time of day. The RZR Zero Stop feature allows you to sight-in, set your zero, and return to it with ease whenever you dial out.
With a 30 mm tube, you have 70 available MOA elevation and 35 MOA windage adjustments. XD (Extra-low dispersion) glass elements and XR FMC Coatings work together with the large 50 mm aperture to bring the brightest and clearest image quality you can expect from Vortex.
This is a lot to have in a scope, but when you demand precision, you must demand the absolute best.
Razor HD AMG 6-24X50 FFP Review
- The Razor HD AMG is impossibly lightweight considering the long list of features packed into its streamlined frame.
The Razor HD AMG series of scopes is the best the brand has to offer. With it comes everything Vortex stands for when it comes to high-end quality for the most competitive price you’ll ever see.
- High-end optics
- Locking/Zero Stop turrets
- Glass-etched/FFP reticle
- Side focus/illumination dial
- Lacks magnification options
There’s nothing to complain about the Razor AMG scope itself – zilch. However, with its high-powered 6-24x magnification range, it would be nice to see some low, variable power models available in the series.
For everything from hunting to precision, competition shooting, there is nothing the Razor AMG can’t do, reach, or see. High power, huge aperture, and every optical feature you can possibly have – this scope has it: ALO alignment, APO System, Plasma Tech, HD glass elements and more – all to bring you the best in image quality that a scope can possibly offer.
The exposed turrets on this scope are out of the ordinary. Multiple features cohesively work together to bring you a Micro Adjust Zero Setting, Maximized Turret Zero Adjustment, L-Tec Zero Stop, and more.
The illuminated, glass-etched, FFP EBR-7B (Enhanced Battle Reticle) MRAD reticle is for serious shooters who know what they’re doing – no newbs please. Everything on this scope locks. The turrets lock in place to prevent accidental movement, the illumination dial locks, and the eyepiece diopter stays put.
Even with every feature you can possibly have on a scope, it still comes in under-weight for its quality at 28.8 oz. How did Vortex do it? They kept the 30 mm tube body without compromising MRAD travel. With 27.5 MRAD in elevation travel, you’ll have plenty of room to dial out when you need it.
Removing as much user error as possible allows you to achieve maximum precision and accuracy whether you’re at the range, in a timed comp, or in the hunt – terrorist or animal kind.
Best Vortex Binoculars
|Vanquish 10x26||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Crossfire 8x42||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Diamondback 12x50||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Vulture HD 15x56||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Razor HD 10x42||VIEW ON AMAZON|
Vortex Binocular Reviews
Birding, safaris, hunting, sightseeing, and surveilling like you’re a special ops agent requires the expertise of a brand that knows optics and the demands of its users. And, part of fulfilling the demands of its buyers is providing price points that offer the best value in every buy.
With a range of binoculars to choose from, there’s more than a few that will catch your attention and keep you within budget at the same time – it’s a Vortex guarantee.
Vanquish 10X26 Review
- 10x magnification and 26mm objective lenses, the Vanquish is one of Vortex Optics' smallest, lightest and most compact binoculars.
It’s a compact and high-performing bino that’s as legit as any other Vortex binocular available. Don’t underestimate its quality by its small appearance and low price.
- FMC optics
- Porro prism
- Adjustable eyecups
- Possible vignetting
Many binoculars under $100 end up being no better than a kid’s pair from a toy store. However, nothing about the Vanquish is toy-store quality. It has FMC (fully multi-coated) optics which is above standard quality for the price range.
However, between the glass and small exit pupil, there may be some vignetting when glassing. For recreational use in all outdoor activities, it didn’t pose any problems for those after an easy-to-use, lightweight, and affordable binocular.
It’s completely fog and waterproof, and it’s fully rubber-armored making this tiny bino ready for extreme outdoor use. Its adjustable eyecups can be twisted up and down to provide 16 mm of eye relief on the long end.
The reverse Porro prism design may not fit every person’s aesthetic preferences. It does serve its purpose as it has an inherent advantage as a bino system that provides a rich depth of field and wide field of view. So, don’t be disparaging. Compact, low price, and legit glass is the new aesthetic preference.
Crossfire 8X42 Review
- 8x magnification and 42mm objective lenses, this Crossfire is a quality, performance driven binocular perfect for your next hunt. Fully multi-coated lenseses promote...
Seeking performance without compromising your budget? The Crossfire binocular is the perfect solution between landing an affordable price and contemporary bino features in one buy.
- FMC optics
- Roof prism
- Wide field of view
The Crossfire line is designed as an entry-level series in a roof prism system. It has a good foundation of sticking to the basics and keeping things simple – at its best in some opinions. The 8×42 bino is the smallest of the Crossfires and has the lowest price tag. What does that buy you?
FMC optics is standard for a price above 100 bucks, and so is the expectation that a bino is O-ring sealed for waterproofness and nitrogen-purged for fog-proof protection – all of which the Crossfire has.
For a roof prism bino and especially being an 8×42 model, it’s on the hefty end of the scale weighing 23.5 ounces which is comparable to a standard 10×42 today. However, the wide 393 feet FOV is worth the extra mass.
You’ll also get a one-piece eyepiece cover, tethered objective caps, neck strap, and a soft carry case for your bino. Not bad of a buy, right?
Diamondback 12X50 Review
- 12x magnification and 50mm objective lenses, these Diamondback binoculars are the workhorse of Vortex lineup; known for impressive optical quality and durability.
It would come as no surprise to find out the Diamondback breed of optics are the bread and butter series for Vortex. Across the board, the Diamondback is an extremely popular binocular. It’s why it’s a Choice product, always within the top 10 lists, and has high rankings and ratings with the masses.
- Dielectric coating
- Tripod mountable
- IPD range
The 12×50 is the largest of the Diamondback lot, and yet, it’s still lightweight at 28.7 oz for its full-size design. Though the bino is far from a feature-packed and high-end optic, it can still hold its own out in real-life use and abuse, you know, being waterproof, fog-proof, and armor-protected and all.
We field-tested its 10×50 sibling and reviewed the 10X42, and the Diamondback remains one of our favorite models to date. The 12×50 has just that much more magnification with large 50 mm apertures to let in as much light as possible. With dielectric coatings, you can see what users mean when they brag about having Vortex’s clear and bright glass.
However, the 60-75 mm IPD range is on the larger end of things than some users would like out of the 12×50. Allowing for a slightly narrower IPD may attract more buyers.
The Diamondback isn’t a bino with ED glass, hype marketing, or excessive bells and whistles, and yet, it’s still a hit seller. Why? It’s a solid, well-constructed, and clear binocular at a realistic price point.
Vulture HD 15X56 Review
- 15x magnification and 56mm objective lenses, the Vulture HD uses high density extra-low dispersion glass and XR fully multi-coated lenses, you get super bright images...
Out in the open plains? Need eyesight as keen as a vulture? The Vulture 15×56 aren’t your compact, small-time binos. These are to be taken seriously, not hanging around your neck, but mounted like a pro.
- HD lens elements
- High-quality coatings
- ArmorTek coating
- Argon gas
It’s a given – more glass equals more weight, boo hoo. Yes, the Vulture weighs 43.6 oz, about 2.5 pounds, so it’s not a hang-around-your-neck or pocket-sized kind of bino. To use this bino to its max potential, mount it – ’nuff said. The extra poundage is justified with the huge 56 mm objective lenses made to allow maximum light to filter in when low light conditions at the critical hunting times would normally set you back.
Even though the exit pupil is average at 3.7 mm, the optical quality put into the bino helps to provide a crisp, sharp, and clear FOV. With HD lens elements, dielectric, and phase correction coatings, you’ll have true color fidelity, resolution, and contrast to distinguish the details you need while out on a wildlife tour or in the hunt.
An ArmorTek coating protects the lenses from external abuse, and argon gas is an upgrade from nitrogen to protect the internal fidelity of your glass and image.
Sometimes a spotting scope is too cumbersome to haul around, and the 15×56 platform is an outdoorsman’s answer to more seeing power with bino power.
Razor HD 10X42 Review
- 10x magnification and 42mm objectives lenses, the Razor HD features hand selected prisms and premium high density glass, delivering unparalled resolution and color,...
The Razor HD is the top-of-the-line breed of optics from Vortex. Even so, it’s difficult to imagine spending a grand on a binocular, but believe it or not, dedicated sportsmen do. The market is there for it, and here’s what a $1000 bino looks like.
- High-quality HD optics
- Open hinge design
- Magnesium chassis
- Wide IPD range
- No locking eyecups
Applying extreme scrutiny to a near-perfect optic sometimes means being petty, and we did that when we dinged the Razor bino for not having locking eyecups at this price point. But, it lacks nothing else when it comes to being defined as a premium binocular.
Lumping all the optical features it has under an umbrella term of “high-quality HD optics” is an unfair representation. This bino has everything from APO lenses, HD glass elements, phase correction, plasma tech, and dielectric coatings – top-notch in what any optics manufacturer can offer.
An open hinge design makes it easy to grip and use while shedding weight to keep it down to 24.8 oz. The low weight design is also thanks to the tough but light magnesium chassis. The very wide 55-75 mm IPD range will be sure to attract users with varying measurement requirements to get the perfect image without compromising comfort.
We can rave about the Razor HD all day long, but the proof is in the pudding – get out there and try it yourself!
Best Vortex Red Dots
|Crossfire||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Venom 3 MOA||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Sparc II 2 MOA||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Spitfire 3x prism scope||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Razor 3 MOA||VIEW ON AMAZON|
Vortex Red Dot Reviews
Electronic red dots have been around for decades, and they’re well-known among the law enforcement and military crowd. With that kind of history, you expect rugged, durable, and dependable quality. You should also expect light weight, compactness, and versatility whether you’re mounting to a M16, AR-15, or Glock 40.
But, you don’t want to break the bank on buying one. This is where Vortex comes in. We’ve listed multiple red dot sights at varying price points to suit any budget.
Whether you want a red dot for home defense, patrol use, or for training purposes, you can be sure Vortex will get you on target fast. After all, isn’t that the whole point of the red dot?
- The super-light, ultracompact, insanely-fast-on-target Crossfire Red Dot was designed for close-range and general shooting.
Looking for the most affordable Vortex red dot sight? This is it, the Crossfire. Its simple, easy, and no-frills design makes it one of the most sought-after red dots in the market. The low price is just the cherry on top.
- 2 MOA dot
- Ultra compact
- Power/battery contact issues
The Crossfire is an optic that’s self explanatory – it’s that simple. We could end the review right here, but we’ll talk it up for a minute.
A 2 MOA dot gets you on target within micro seconds with its 11 daylight bright intensity settings. It’s ultra compact at only at 2.5″ and super lightweight at 5.2 oz. It’s waterproof, has FMC optics, and it comes with an included and widely available CR2032 battery that’s supposed to last 7000 hours at brightness setting 5.
But, there has been complaints about the dot flickering on and off during recoil. This is either due to poor battery contact with the power knob or battery compartment/fitment. For those who had this issue, a new battery cap or replacement was sent to the buyer – thank you VIP warranty!
Oh, we should mention the skeletonized mount is a hit. It keeps things looking streamlined, sheds weight, and it provides two mounting positions: low and lower 1/3 co-witness. Mount it with the included T-10 Torx wrench, pop off the included lens covers, and point and shoot.
Venom 3 MOA Review
- The Venom Red Dot Sight-6 MOA promotes rapid target acquisition while providing a precise point of aim; getting shots down range and on target fast. The Venom's...
Red dots don’t get smaller than this, come on, it’s barely 2″ tall and it weighs next to nothing, 1.1 oz. While the Venom with the 3 MOA dot tops the charts as an insanely, highly-ranked paintball red dot sight, it’s good enough for nearly any application you need when speed is the aim of the game.
- 3 MOA dot
- Battery compartment/fitting issues
This Venom sight has the daylight bright 3 MOA dot that can be set at 10 different brightness settings or auto mode to suit your eye comfort and lighting conditions. A CR1632 battery is included in the purchase, and it’s what will power your red dot for anywhere in between 150 to 30,000 hours depending on usage.
But, there’s a trick to getting the battery screwed in with the perfect fit. Other buyers say you need to remove the black gasket that’s attached to the underside of the battery cap. By removing it, the cap will “catch” onto the threads to be properly screwed into place. Problem solved – if you had any in the first place.
Optics are fully multi-coated (FMC), and it even has Vortex’s exterior ArmorTek coating to protect against debris, scratches, and all the like. Don’t forget, it’s water and shockproof – so it’s durable and ready for use for your next shootout – even if it is paintball style.
SPARC II Review
- The highly compact, daylight bright Sparc II is packed with performance features and lends itself to a variety of platforms.
The SPARC II is one of Vortex’s highest-selling red dots to date. Wondering what SPARC stands for? Wonder no more – Speed Point Aiming for Rapid Combat.
- 300-6000 hours
- Multi-height mount system
- Coarse brightness settings
The 2 MOA dot is designed to get you rapidly on target for close quarter shooting when you need immediate target acquisition.
Although there are 10 brightness levels, it’s been mentioned more than a few times they’re a little coarse – they can go from being too dim to too bright with one rotation. Overall build quality has also been mentioned as a disadvantage, but for the price and needs of non-professionals, it’s worth dealing with or sending it in for VIP warranty coverage.
Control buttons are on the left and face the user. This is a feature that’s not often recognized as an advantage, but when you can use your left hand to make adjustments without moving your trigger finger, you’ll learn to appreciate it.
What about mounting? The SPARC II comes with a spacer, high mount, and low mount for use with Picatinny or Weaver rails.
So far, it’s speedy to mount, see, and aim with. Does it live up to its name? We’d say it does.
Spitfire 3X Prism Scope Review
- The Spitfire 3x Prism scope excels in close to medium range shooting Applications where fast target acquisition and speed is of the essence. The prism based design allows...
If there’s a scope that proves people will spend more to get an upgrade in quality, it’s the Spitfire 3x prism scope. We’ve bent the rules as it’s not a red dot. But, being lumped in the same category by Vortex, we’re reviewing it as it’s still one of the most popular optics you can mount to your AR-15.
- 3x magnification
- Glass-etched reticle
- Red/green illumination
- EBR-556B reticle
- Accessories included
- Short eye relief
As a prism scope, it has a glass-etched reticle that many shooters recognize as a high-end feature. With it, your reticle is always highly visible with or without the red or green illumination. This EBR-556B reticle is designed for use with 5.56 x 45 cartridges. It’s a BDC style reticle that drops down for holdovers out to 500 yards, however, it’s been said to be smaller than expected and may take some getting used to.
With short eye relief of 2.8″, its mounting position requires quite the adjustment for its users but has still said to be usable without safety issues. With 3x magnification, it offers more power than the 1x of red dot scopes.
We’re seeing a trending pattern of customer satisfaction, and the Spitfire 3x is consistently compared with 4×32 ACOG scopes but without the hefty price tag. The masses have spoken – it’s a winner in its field.
Razor 3 MOA Review
- The Razor Red Dot Sight-3 MOA is designed to be mounted to a wide variety of firearms and used in various shooting applications. The Razor was designed so shooters have...
Top-tier performance and build quality is what you expect from the high-end Razor series, and fortunately, it’s what you get. With a 3 MOA dot, you can achieve higher precision for everything from competition shooting to close quarter tactical use when on duty.
- Daylight bright red dot
- XR FMC coatings
- Side battery compartment
- Awkward power controls
The Razor red dot is easy to get, mount, and use. It comes with a 3 MOA dot that’s excellent for close quarter shooting to some extended shots out past 150 yards. The dot is daylight bright and there are 9 brightness levels to help match its intensity for the time of day you’re out and about.
However, adjusting the brightness levels or even just powering it on has said to be a little awkward or difficult to operate because of its location. It’s not a deal-breaker feature, just something that may take some getting used to.
With XR FMC (Fully Multi-Coated) coatings on a premium wide field lens, Vortex guarantees crisp, edge-to-edge sharpness and resolution. The exterior ArmorTek coating will protect your image quality in the worst weather while build integrity is supported by O-ring seals for waterproof protection.
At home on rifles and shotguns, it comes with a Picatinny mount for your convenience and the needed tools to sight-in. As a side note, if you plan on mounting to a Glock, you’ll need to look into compatible mounts before purchasing the Razor.
Best Vortex Spotting Scopes
|Diamondback 20-60x60||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Diamondback 20-60x80||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Viper 15-45x65||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Razor HD 22-48x65||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Razor HD 27-60x85||VIEW ON AMAZON|
Vortex Spotting Scope Reviews
A spotting scope can be the most treasured optic to a nature enthusiast and avid outdoorsman. With it, you can experience nature and organic wildlife interaction in its most unadulterated form.
Vortex helps you to be part of the action without interfering with nature by providing lightweight, compact scopes and sophisticated, HD options that do what they do best – see far off things up close.
With a variety of spotting scope magnifications, quality, and price points, Vortex can bring you closer to nature’s goings-on without compromising on your needs and budget.
Diamondback 20-60X60 Angled
- The Diamondback 20-60x60 Angled Spotting Scope is a superb choice when you need a heavyweight performer in a light, compact package
This is the most compact spotter of the Diamondback bloodline. What can you realistically expect from the 20-60X60 mm Diamondback? We’ll tell it to you straight right here.
- Dielectric coating
- XR FMC coating
- Diminished resolution after 40x
Getting a good buy means knowing what to expect from the get-go. This is Vortex’s entry-level spotter where XR FMC (Fully Multi-Coated) coatings, fog and waterproofness, and Dielectric coatings is the basic standard – pretty good for entry-level.
With a 60 mm objective diameter lens, resolution has said to be best up to about 40x and light transmission can’t be compared to that of the 80 mm model. This is just the way it is with its specs, and all basic spotters share the same limitations.
The single focus spotter has course adjustments that is suitable for daylight use, range work out to 100 yards, and recreational wildlife observation.
You will have to mount up to a tripod to get the most picture quality out of the spotter, and unfortunately, not even a table top tripod is included in the buy. However, caps for both ends and a view-through carry case is included.
Diamondback 20-60X80 Straight Review
- The Diamondback 20-60x80 Straight Spotting Scope is a superb choice when you need a heavyweight performer in a light, compact package.
It’s heavier and bigger than its 20-60×60 angled sibling that we reviewed here, so if you’re after a big performer, this Diamondback may be the way to go.
- Long eye relief
- XR FMC coatings
- Dielectric coating
- Diminished resolution at max power
The Diamondback is lightweight at 3 pounds, especially in comparison to other full-size spotters that can easily scale up to 5 pounds. You’ll still need to mount it to a tripod (at your cost since it’s not included) to get the steadiest image with such high power.
Without specialized glass elements and lens assemblies, you must be realistic about its optical abilities at 60x max magnification. Resolution will diminish and it will be difficult to identify specific details you’d need for birding, but it may be good enough to distinguish a trophy rack from a young buck in the hunt.
At the range, you should be able to resolve bullet holes at moderate distances to get sighted-in and tighten your groups. With 20-16.5 mm of eye relief, you’ll have plenty of eye comfort and a forgiving eyebox to stalk and watch your target.
The Diamondback represents simplicity and Vortex standard in an entry-level package complete with an affordable price tag.
Viper HD 15-45X65 Straight
- The Viper HD 15-45x65 Straight Spotting Scope is packed with features for incredible glassing and high end optical performance.
There’s often talk about a jump up in quality when you’re contemplating the Viper HD over the Diamondback line of spotting scopes. To see if it’s worth the extra bucks in price, let’s check it out.
- Helical focus
- HD lens elements
- Rugged build
Since the Viper spotting scopes were upgraded, they’ve been a hit with hunters and nature observers looking for high-end quality without spending a grand or more.
With a Helical focus design, you have dual focus in one mechanism. While dielectric and XR FMC coatings are standard for Vortex spotters, the 15-45X65 Viper HD takes image quality a step further with HD lens elements for high-definition, sharp resolution, and true color fidelity. The ArmorTek coating will protect the objective lens from debris and scratches.
Image quality is never a complaint from buyers, and neither is its build quality. If anything, it’s always been said that it can take a beating, especially by hunters that dish out the poundings off road.
The Viper HD is heavy at 58.8 oz for a 15-45x spotter, but it’s all justified with the extra glass and focusing quality put into the scope. This is still compact spotting at its best – freehand or mounted, it’s in the palm of your hand.
Razor HD 22-48X65 Angled Review
- The Razor HD 22-48x65 Angled Spotting Scope employs high-end optical technology, precision craftsmanship, and ultra-sleek functionality to make the Razor one of the...
This is as top-notch as Vortex goes with its spotting scopes, and yet, this Razor HD still comes in way below the $2000 price point you see with its comparable competitors.
- APO lens
- HD lens elements
- Plasma Tech
- Helical focus
- Eye relief
If you wear specs or plan on wearing your shades during use, you might find the 17-16.7 mm eye relief on the unforgiving end of things. But, at least you get an included eyepiece at this level of quality and price. The Razor HD has the interchangeable eyepiece system, and most comparable scopes will come as a “body only” sale forcing you to buy the eyepiece separately – not the case with Vortex.
As a Razor, you can expect the best, edge-to-edge sharpness in image quality: a triplet APO lens assembly, ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements, and Plasma tech precision application. No CA (chromatic aberration), true color fidelity, and the clearest and sharpest resolution to resolve details at incredible distances is the Razor standard.
When buyers say it’s worth spending more for the best, they mean Vortex. Value, savings, and high-end quality – it doesn’t get better than this.
Razor HD 27-60X85 Angled
- The Razor HD 27-60x85 Angled Spotting Scope employs high-end optical technology, precision craftsmanship, and ultra-sleek functionality to make the Razor one of the...
For max performance and max magnification, this Razor outweighs all others – figuratively, not literally – it’s actually not that heavy for its full-size specs. If you’re after the absolute best in the industry, the Razor fits the bill.
- High magnification
- 85 mm aperture
- High quality glass
- Helical focus
- Eye relief
With such high magnification and sharp resolution paired together, every hunter will be able to identify bedded bucks at midday in nooks and crannies not visible with the naked eye to being able to stalk them from several hundreds of yards away when they’re up and feeding at low light.
Digiscoping and photography should only be done on scopes of this caliber. Razor sharp image quality must be the standard when capturing rare moments, and this beast of a scope is up for the job.
APO lens, HD lens elements, and Plasma Tech is the best of what Vortex has to offer, and the Razor HD has it all. The Helical focus is a dual focus collar in one that allows for fast/course and slow/fine adjustments.
Just be aware of the 17-16.7 mm of eye relief if you wear specs or shades as things may get a little tight around the eyes. Even though the Razor HD 27-60×85 is jam-packed with quality features, it’s still lightweight at 4 lbs – and this is on an 85 mm spotter!
You have it all when you pull the trigger on a Razor HD: quality, low price, and bragging rights.
Best Vortex Rangefinders
|Impact 850||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Copperhead 1500||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Ranger 1800||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Razor HD 4000||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Fury HD 5000 10x42||VIEW ON AMAZON|
Vortex Rangefinder Reviews
Rangefinders have changed the way hunters hunt and golfers golf. They’re now considered an essential piece of gear if you value accuracy.
Whether you typically take down your prey within a few hundred yards or you’re wanting to stretch the distance to thousands of yards, there’s a Vortex rangefinder that can do it and so much more.
You can have a rangefinder that’s simple and easy to use or you can spend some decent cash and combine both rangefinder and bino technology to have the best of both worlds in one optic.
For the latest laser rangefinder offerings that are worth your consideration, check out our lineup and get accurate distances for as low as a couple hundred bucks to help you land that trophy buck!
Impact 850 Review
- The Impact Rangefinder features a non-illuminated display and highly intuitive menu in a compact and lightweight package. Added magnification brings targets in for a...
Touted as an economical rangefinder without any frills, the Impact 850 sure has a lot to pat itself on the back about. What can you possibly expect from the entry-level gadget? You’ll be surprised.
- Angle compensation
- FMC coatings
- Bow/Rifle hunting
- Difficult to measure at max distance
The Impact rangefinder may not have all the bells and whistles of more expensive units, but what features it does have are considered bells and whistles for its low price point.
Optically, it has FMC (Fully Multi-Coated) coatings which is expected – no complaints there. It’s O-ring sealed for protection against water and debris from getting into the unit – essential for hunters, and believe it when we say not all cheap rangefinders are waterproof.
The kicker feature that surprises in this price range is the HCD (Horizontal Component Distance) mode that provides angle compensated distances. For bow and rifle hunters that typically take shots at animals on an incline or decline, they know the angled distance can make all the difference when measuring your shot.
You should note that reaching out to 850 yards is under the best conditions on highly reflective targets. Realistic distance readings, especially on big game, will be around 200-400 yards max. If this is within your usual hunting parameters, you’ll be more than happy to add the Impact 850 to your gear this season.
Copperhead 1500 Review
- The Copperhead 1500 is easy to use with a clean display and highly intuitive menu that quickly and accurately ranges from 9 to 1500 yards. The 1500 can be set to read in...
The Copperhead 1500 rangefinder is new and may be exactly what hunters need out of a quality rangefinder. As is the trend for Vortex, it won’t cost an arm and leg to get it.
- Angle compensation
- Illuminated reticle
- 1500 yards
- New/little feedback on product
The Copperhead sports a black paint job, a look that separates it from its Ranger and Impact counterparts. It might just blend in with the rest of your optical gear if Vortex’s iconic green finish isn’t up your alley.
We’d consider the price point on the Copperhead rather humble for the features it has. You couldn’t ask for more out of an easy-to-use, mid-level, and yet, high-performing rangefinder. It ranges out to 1500 yards on reflective targets with 750 yards to soft targets like big game – plenty enough for most hunters.
The Copperhead also has angle compensation, scan mode, FMC (fully multi-coated) optics, and is waterproof – all your bases are covered. Plus, the reticle is illuminated. Being able to visibly read distances despite lighting conditions can make all the difference in the field.
With 6x magnification, you can mount this gadget for extra stability if you fancy that. From the sounds of it, the Copperhead does everything an average hunter needs it to do plus some.
- The Ranger 1800 rangefinder is easy to use and features a clean, illuminated display and highly intuitive menu. The Ranger 1800 is capable of ranging up to 1,800 yards.
If there’s a Vortex rangefinder that has proven itself with the masses, it’s the Ranger. Its price point must be right on par with what buyers are willing to pay, because it’s a very popular unit that just might be Vortex’s best selling rangefinder.
- 1800 yards
- Illuminated reticle
- Angle compensation
- Brightness setting last in mode selection
Obviously, the feature that sets the Ranger 1800 apart from past and current Ranger models is the 1800 yards of measuring distance. That’s a whole lotta distance for a 3.9″ unit that weighs less than half a pound. Although impressive, it’s the maximum distance on highly reflective objects, but 900 yards on targets like deer is still darn-well good for the hunt.
To get the best readings, you should mount this rangefinder for ultimate accuracy for measurements over 1000 yards.
The illuminated reticle will light up your angle compensated, line of sight, or scan mode distances with three brightness settings. However, to access the brightness setting mode, you must toggle between the HCD/LOS and Yards/Meters modes before you can adjust the intensity. Since brightness intensity likely requires the most adjustment, it should be the first mode to deal with in the menu – perhaps just a hint for a interface upgrade to Vortex?
But, being petty about its flaws is something we must do. Take the short list for what it is as the Ranger 1800 is a hit seller for many a good reason.
Razor HD 4000 Review
- The Razor HD 4000 with 7x magnification and a 25mm objective lens is the essential companion for the extreme hunter, archer and shooter. Tripod adapter compatible allows...
The leap up in price for a Razor 4000 over other Vortex rangefinders is pretty significant for potential buyers looking to save a few bucks here and there, but it’s legit when you see the leap in the quality difference.
- HD optical system
- Magnesium chassis
- AWC ranging
- Illuminated reticle
- Possible 20 sec time in ELR mode
The Razor HD is not just a jump up in quality in features, it’s a giant leap. The optical system includes XR Plus Fully Multi-Coated optics with Vortex’s HD optical system to provide CA (chromatic aberration) free images with industry-best resolution and color accuracy. The external ArmorTek coating is always a welcome protection coating.
A magnesium chassis keeps things lightweight but tough, and the illuminated reticle has 5 brightness settings. The AWC (All Weather Capable) ranging guarantees that you’ll get a distance reading no matter the conditions – give it a run in fog, snow, and low light.
With multiple modes to choose from: Normal, First, Last, Scan, and ELR (Extended Last Range), you’ll have ranging capability all the way out to 4,000 yards. Don’t forget you can also get angle compensated distances thanks to the HCD mode. Even though the Razor HD takes things to the extreme level, it could take up to 20 seconds to acquire a measurement at that distance depending on various factors including target size.
With so much to offer, the leap up in price matches Razor HD quality. Again, the Razor proves to come out on top.
Fury HD 5000 10X42 Review
- The Fury HD 5000 is an extremely effective angle-compensated laser rangefinder binocular intended for hunters, archers and shooters.
Rangefinder binoculars are not cheap optics, but they’re no longer viewed with skepticism as they once were when they first hit the market. After some trial and error and feedback from buyers, the Fury HD now has a home-runner rangefinder bino, the 5000. This is an upgrade to the original Fury HD which we reviwed here.
- 5000 yards
- HD optics
- High-quality coatings
- Right-side controls
- Multiple modes
For a 10×42 binocular, it’s packing some pounds, 2 lbs to be exact. But, for a bino that’s outfitted with rangefinder tech to accurately acquire distances out to an extreme 5,000 yards, that’s a lot to live up to, and all of a sudden, weight might not be such an issue.
The best in image quality is what you should expect for forking out more than a grand. HD images, edge-to-edge sharpness – all that high-end stuff, the Fury has it. Coatings include phase correction, dielectric, and ArmorTek.
Right-side controls on the bino allow for one-handed use so you never have to put your bow or your rifle down. Don’t worry, it’s rubber armor protected and shockproof just in case you get a case of the clumsies.
Best Mode, Last Mode, and HCD (angle compensation) modes provide you with multiple opportunities to get the most accurate, strongest distance you can get no matter the terrain. An illuminated reticle offers 5 intensity settings so you can always see the best of your display.
With 5,000 yards of ranging capability, 1,600 yards to deer, and a whole lotta in between measuring just for the fun of it, mount this bino to a tripod to get maximum potential out of it – yep, you can do that too!
Best Vortex Monoculars
|Solo 8x25||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Solo RT 8x36||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Recon RT 15x50||VIEW ON AMAZON|
Vortex Monocular Reviews
Binoculars can’t compete with monoculars when you want ultimate compactness and ultra lightweight advantages in an optic. They’re made to be small and discrete.
Whether you’re out for a leisurely stroll in the woods, turkey hunting in a blind, or undercover on a sting, a monocular will get you closer to the action. But, not just any monocular will do, it must be Vortex. Why?
Backing up your cash investment with quality is always a #1 priority. Vortex does it. Getting the best price is a #1 priority. Vortex does it again. Protecting your monocular with the best warranty is a #1 priority. No one outdoes Vortex in this. We see the pattern – when you buy Vortex, you buy #1.
Solo 8X25 Review
- 8x magnification and 25mm objectives lens, the Solo Monocular is a small, lightweight optic with fully multi-coated lenses, increasing the light transmission and...
In the Solo series, it’s not going to get smaller or cheaper than this. It’s tiny at 4.4″ in length, and it’s super lightweight at 5.6 oz. Needless to say, this is a pocket-sized optic for everything from backpacking to catching crooks red-handed.
- FMC optics
- Adjustable eyecup
- Stiff focus ring
There are focus rings with enough resistance that speaks to its quality, and then there’s stiff where it’s inconvenient to use. Users have said the focus ring is very stiff to adjust with one hand, and some buyers aren’t a fan of the textured and spiked design.
Apart from this, you must remember you’re getting an 8x optic with a 25 mm objective lens. While it might not be as bright as other optics, this mini-sized monocular has FMC (fully multi-coated) optics for under 100 bucks. Vortex never does anything half pie.
Even as a budget optic, it’s fully fog and waterproof. An adjustable eyecup will help you see the entire 378 feet field of view.
With its simple but effective features and Vortex’s VIP lifetime warranty behind it, it’s not an optic that’s on par with plastic junk. It supersedes all entry-level monoculars in the market every time. It’s why it’s a favorite and Choice monocular the masses approve of.
Solo R/T 8X36 Review
- The Solo Recon Tactical Monocular with 8x magnification and a 36mm objective lens is a great choice for observation and range estimation in a lightweight and compact...
The Solo Recon Tactical monocular is a tool that no one should be without. This goes for patrol men, hunters, competition shooters, and nature observers. What makes the Solo R/T a versatile monocular? Find out here!
- Wide FOV
- FMC optics
- MRAD reticle
- Build quality defects
Complaints about the Solo RT monocular are few, but there are various complaints about build quality from stiff focus rings to lenses falling out. Fortunately, these aren’t typical defects and even a $100-ish monocular is covered under the brand’s lifetime, transferable, unlimited VIP warranty.
With almost 400 feet of FOV, FMC (fully multi-coated) optics, and 18 mm of eye relief, the monocular is user-friendly for every type of user be it in the field, hunt, range, or on the trails.
The MRAD reticle is the highlight feature of the RT monocular. It’s unobtrusive, and yet, still effective for estimating target sizes and distances. It even has silhouettes for quick ranging. But, you should know something about MRAD reticles before you buy or you might find yourself being annoyed by it or naively thinking it’s supposed to work like a laser rangefinder – which, by the way, it doesn’t.
Keeping things in a compact package is an unmatched skill of the monocular. Adding a reticle to it is hard-core tacticool.
Recon R/T 15X50 Review
- The Recon R/T Monocular with 15x magnification and 50mm objectives lens is a great option for long range observation and range estimation.
It’s big, built like a tank, and it’s everything a serious shooter could wish for. This is what premium quality looks like when it breeds with a monocular design, the Recon RT 15×50.
- High-quality optics
- MRAD reticle
- Tripod adaptable
- Accessories included
It’s always expensive to afford the best of anything, and this is true of the Recon RT monocular. However, it doesn’t seem to affect the opinions of its buyers. If you’re serious about owning the best, this monocular will justify stretching the budget.
It has XD lens elements, XR FMC optics, and phase correction coatings. All that basically means it has HD image quality with reduced chromatic aberration and optimum color accuracy – you know, the absolute in monocular viewing, that’s all.
The MRAD reticle allows for extended ranging estimations, and it includes silhouettes to quickly make measurements. Although not illuminated, it’s still highly visible without overwhelming the display.
With high power of 15x and a huge 50 mm aperture, you may find some practical use with it mounted to a tripod – after all, it’s kind of a mini spotting scope that doesn’t even weigh a pound.
With an included rain/dust hood, utility clip, Uni-Daptor tripod adapter, Picatinny rail, and flip-up objective lens cap, its versatile applications you’ve dreamed of just became a reality.
About Vortex Optics
Where Are Vortex Optics Products Made?
Depending on the product line, Vortex optics are manufactured in China, Philippines, and Japan.
What is Vortex Customer Support Like?
Vortex has a very interpersonal interest in customer service. They’re responsive, active, and maintain an online presence with various types of communication including website response, emails, forums, and social media. They also have an open-to-the-public showroom at their headquarters in Wisconsin.
How Good is the Vortex Optics Warranty?
Vortex’s optics warranty is known as the VIP (Very Important Promise) Warranty. Unlike most other warranties that are limited, non-transferable, and require proof of purchase, the VIP warranty is the complete opposite.
It is fully transferable, no proof of purchase is needed, and it’s an unlimited, lifetime warranty.
How Long is the Turnover Time on Vortex Warranty Repairs?
You may receive a generic message when you submit your Vortex optic for repair or replacement under the VIP warranty. Generic, stated turnover times are 4-6 weeks. However, many buyers have said they’ve received a repair or replacement within days of Vortex receiving the damaged/defective optic.
It goes without saying, turnover time will vary.
What Optics Products Does Vortex Make?
Vortex Optics has grown into the optics giant it is by offering quality products that includes riflescopes, binoculars, and spotting scopes; rangefinders, red dot sights, and monoculars. They also offer optical accessories for their products and other equipment including tripods, adapters, cases, and more.
Does Vortex have Premium Optics?
Vortex offers a variety of quality optics to meet the price points of cost-conscious buyers to those who require high-end optics regardless of price. While there are many series offered by the brand within the varying types of optics, Vortex remains consistent in quality with a few crossover series.
Crossfires are known to be entry-level quality and affordable. Vipers are often the mid-level tier of optics, and the Razors are typically the premium and top-tier class for the optic type.
Does Vortex Offer Military Discount?
Vortex offers a discount for retired and current military and law enforcement personnel. Registration through their contracted service program allows for the discount.
Can You Buy Direct From Vortex Optics?
Apparel, accessories, and any Vortex branded gear can be purchased direct from Vortex Optics. However, if buying their optics products, you’ll find the best prices from one of their authorized dealers or online retail/e-commerce website.
Does Vortex Upgrade Their Optics?
Vortex Optics is a company that is very responsive to the demands of their buyers. They have been known to completely revamp, do away with, and introduce new optics because of feedback from consumers.
To stay on top of what’s new or currently in production, you can check their website for availability. They also have an Inactive Products page that may prove to be helpful.
Vortex Optics Unites All
Vortex is a brand that appreciates people. When you can make something that ignites and feeds a passion in someone, you don’t take that lightly and you realize it’s a responsibility and honor at the same time to serve the people.
And, that’s exactly what Vortex does when they come out with a binocular, scope, or spotter that allows you to do and see things you couldn’t without a Vortex. Things like safely appreciate nature from a distance, identify the trophy rack you will never again be able to replicate in a hunting situation, or instantly get on target when in CQB, life-or-death scenarios.
Vortex optics unites all who need quality optics, competitive prices, and the best warranty protection. That unity is family. Welcome to Vortex Nation.
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