The editor enjoys using some fine binoculars from Hawke
Binoculars will enhance your shooting experience, says, Phill Price as he tries out the Endurance, from Hawke
Iknow I’ve said this many times before, but I truly believe that using binoculars will make you a more successful hunter. They needn’t be large or expensive, but they do need good optical performance because the point is to be able to see our quarry well before it can see us, so that we can plan our approach to our advantage. I find a specification around 8 x 40 gives me the right combination of performance and light weight that suits my needs.
Hawke Sport Optics has been a stalwart of the airgun scene for decades, and their 8 x 42 Endurance ED looked right up my street, so I asked for a pair to review. At just 625 grammes, they’re commendably light so I didn’t end up with neck strain from carrying them for four hours. I was stunned to learn that they use a magnesium alloy chassis, which is a feature normally only found on much more expensive bins’. They wear green rubber armour to protect them from knocks and to offer good grip, too.
Dioptre adjustment is made by turning a collar around the top of the right barrel below the adjustable eye cup. This was very stiff, but I expect that’s intentional, but once you have it set for your eyes, you won’t need to move it again. Because I wear glasses, I turned the eye cups down by rotating them clockwise and was able to get the full field of view easily.
The ED part of the name stands for ‘ Extra-low Dispersion’ glass, which tells us that it’s of a very high quality and this certainly showed in the image I saw. I found the colour rendition excellent, even when I used a load of tester’s dirty tricks to try to find fault. As I watched birds in the woods,
I was able to see their colours very well and I noticed no discernable distortion until I got right to the edge of the image. Even small tufts of squirrel fur stood out well in the winter woods. I compared the Endurance to my stupidly expensive German bins’ and, in good light, they were pretty nearly as good as a pair that cost ten times as much. Now that’s impressive – and it goes to show just how far optics have come in recent years.
Ergonomically, I found them spot on, very comfortable to use and would have no hesitation in taking these on any hunting trip. I recommend buying yourself a pair of binoculars if you’re a hunter, and I can heartily recommend these. They’re superb value for money, have great optical quality and are light and compact. These are firstclass optics, in my view, and well worth finding for a better look.
Good binoculars will increase your bag, I guaranttee it!