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Vanguard's Endeavor ED offers top-of-the-line quality at an affordable price. With the ergonomic,open-bridge design, a large, easy-to-adjust focus wheel and long eye relief, this binocular is built for comfort during long outings. Exceptional light transmission and remarkable color resolution and contrast comes from premium ED glass and fully multi-coated lenses. The Endeavor ED is waterproof and fogproof and comes with the Vanguard premium lifetime warranty.

Optical Features
Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Glass Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Phase Correction Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms.
BaK-4 Prisms Optimize light transmission.
Construction Features
Roof Prisms Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
Magnesium Alloy Body Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
Rubber Armoring Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Multi-position Eyecups Twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Center Focus Wheel Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
Locking Right Eye Diopter Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the right eyepiece.
Tripod Adaptable Can be mounted using standard ¼-inch threading. Adapter sold separately.
Design Features
Waterproof Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
Fogproof Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
Magnification 10x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Field of view 340 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief 16.5 mm
Close Focus 8.2 feet
Weight 25.75 ounces
Dimensions (H x W) 6.1 x 5.8 inches
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Rainguard
  • Neck strap
  • Case
  • Objective Lens Covers

Total Reviews: 10

Average Rating:

Excellent binoculars, with one small problem for us - 11/19/2015

by Brian from Tucson, AZ

I purchased (and returned, more on that later) a pair of Vanguard Endeavor ED 10X42s for my wife to replace a pair of Audubon Equinox 10X42s with a damaged (but usable due to a field repair) focus knob. We're pretty avid birders with a big trip coming up soon, I was nervous about my field fix holding if the binos got knocked around so felt like it was time to replace them. At the same time, I really wanted to upgrade her optics. I had a couple of significant restrictions when considering her replacements though. 1) We’re not rich. With trip costs mounting, we needed something fairly inexpensive. I was willing (reluctantly) to go up into the $400-500 range, but really wanted to be in the $200-300 range. 2) She suffers from back pain and needs a light pair of binoculars. 3) I wanted better optics for her, not just something equivalent to what she has 4) She has a very narrow interpupilary distance (about 50mm) and not all binoculars close together tight enough to work for her.

After much research, the choice really came down to the Vanguard Endeavor EDs and the Nikon Monarch 7s (also ED glass). The Endeavors were, on paper, 2 ounces heavier than the Equinoxes they would be replacing, but in the end, we decided that at half the price, the Endeavors were worth a shot. We could test the Monarch’s locally, but I couldn’t find a store that carried the Endeavors so I had to order them on-line. At home, in good and poor light, I compared the Endeavor ED 10X42s to her Audubon Equinox 10X42s and my much more expensive (but older) Pentax WP 10X42s. At a local store, we compared the Endeavor ED 10X42s to Nikon Monarch 7 10X42s. With that background behind us, the results . . .

1) Cost. For what you get, these binos are a phenomenal value. I wouldn’t say that the Monarch 7s are worth twice the price, though to be fair, we weren’t able to compare the two in poor light. Perhaps the Monarchs would have shown their worth in poor conditions.

2) The weight. My wife’s Audubon Equinoxes spec’d at 23.4 ounces but actually weigh 25.5 oz. The Endeavor EDs spec at 25.75 oz. but actually weight 27.7 oz. they were heavier than we wanted, but she felt she could live with it. Still, I was disappointed that the weight wasn’t reported accurately.

3) Optical quality. One word: “wow.” Or rather, for the price, or even twice the price, wow. The Audubon Equinoxes couldn’t hold a candle to the Vanguard Endeavors in any category in any lighting conditions. In good light, especially at long distances or back-lit situations, the Vanguard Endeavors were clearly better than even my more expensive Pentax WPs, both in terms of sharpness and clarity, and perhaps a bit in color accuracy, but there was no clear winner in that last category. In low light, all the way to near dark, the difference between the two narrowed a bit but the Endeavors still clearly prevailed. If we had kept them, she would have had binos superior to mine in every way. Next we took them to a local store and compared them to the Nikon Monarch 7s. Unfortunately, we could only test them in the relatively good light of the store, and I really couldn’t tell a difference between the two, other than the Nikons are more compact and they seemed lighter.

4) Interpupilary distance. What killed these binos for us was the interpupilary distance. They were ALMOST but not quite narrow enough for my wife. If she was looking through them just right, she didn’t see a dark area in the center of her field of view, but it was hard to keep them in the sweet spot. She felt that she could get used to it, but my reason for persuading her to return them was that she will have these binoculars for a long time and I don’t want her to have something that she has to fight with all the time. This was really the only reason why we returned the binoculars. Again, her interpupilary distance is about 50 mm, as measured by me not by an optometrist. The worst part of this is that Vanguard could EASILY improve the low-end interpupilary distance of these binos, as the limiting factor is not the barrels as is often the case, but with the hinges. I even toyed with the thought of using a dremmel to grind the hinge down to make it close more, but I couldn’t quite bring myself to do it.

Other thoughts: Some people complain about how quickly the focus wheel changes the focus. Both my wife and I really liked how quickly the knob rolled through the entire range of focus. It does mean that only slight rotations change the focus more significantly than many other binos, but the mechanism is made well enough that really minute, precise changes are not difficult to make. When we shifted from a bird in our yard to a hawk over the mountain, we were able to focus on each quickly and accurately.

Even though we opted not to keep them (darn interpupilary distance!!), I am HIGHLY impressed the Vanguard Endeavor EDs and will certainly recommend them to anyone looking for binoculars, at almost any price.

(Epilogue: My wife ended up buying a pair of REI 10X32 ED binoculars that are half the weight, super compact and really nice as well. In good light they are way better than what she had, and in bad light they are very slightly better. But she’s so happy about the weight savings that all in all they’re a good upgrade. She’s happy, so I’m happy. The REI 10X32 EDs are even slightly better (clarity and color) than my Pentax WPs in good light, though the WPs have a slight edge in really low light.)

great for the price - 01/20/2015

by ecalvins from Hersey, Mi

Very happy with this product, very easy to focus and light weight to carry. Great product

good enough - 01/06/2015

by jerry from United States

Not comparable to my Leica's but exactly what I wanted. A good functional second binocular as a backup or to carry in a vehicle with out worrying about damage or theft. Good buy.Not quite the edge to edge clarity and definition of the Leica's but more than adequate.

Service as it should be - 01/03/2015

by David B. from Minnesota

My first experience with Eagle Optics has been fantastic - fast and easy ordering, great price, and great customer service during and after the sale. Highly recommended. I'll be back, you can count on it.

Oh, the binoc's were good, too. Vanguard Endeavor 10X42 ED Just what I was looking for.

Excellent choice - 07/08/2014

by Robert S. from Ontario, CA

I received these binoculars just in time for the Cher concert. We heard about it late and could only get tickets that were high on the side, so we could not see any of the large screen TVs. I was ready for a disappointing concert. But the Vanguard Endeavors were fantastic. We could see Cher's face 10 times larger and so clear,you could almost see the lines. Her costumes were fabulous and we could see all of the details in each one. Normally, my wife does not like to use binoculars for anything, but I could hardly take them away to get a peek. Everyone is amazed at how bright and sharp are the images with this Vanguard. I cannot imagine a better pair of binoculars for this price.

Good Product - 11/19/2013

by Jean M. from El Campo, TX

Vanguard Binoculars arrived quickly and in great condition. Features and performance are as described.

Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binocular - 04/20/2013

by Karen D. from Grove City, OH

These binoculars are wonderful. The only thing I had a bit of trouble with is the convertible strap and the instructions were less than descriptive. But the optics are awesome.

Great binoculars and great service - 04/17/2013

by oliver from west virginia

These binoculars exceeded my expectations. They are super clear to look through and compact enough to carry around. I never leave the house without them. I would recommend these to anyone. Great service and quick shipping make eagle optics a great place to buy your binoculars.

Endeavor ED 10 x 42 - 01/26/2013

by Leigh from South Africa

I'm no binoculars expert, but I wanted a better pair of binoculars for myself for bird and animal watching, mainly in our game parks. I decided to buy online, using my nephew in NY as the courier, as there is a limited range of products in-country.

After a lot of comparisons I reluctantly decided that although I'd like to buy in the expensive range, that it was probably not a good idea from such a distance (despite excellent return policies). Just too complicated using our mail service for returns. So I opted for a mid-range binocular and selected the above product as it was award winning, and had a good review from I haven't had much time to examine them since receiving them recently, but I am thrilled with the clarity and compact size of the product. Time will tell, but for now, I am very satisfied. As I haven't put them to a real field test, I'm sticking to a 4star rating, but they probably deserve 5. And EXCELLENT service from Eagle Optics. Thank you.

Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 - 11/28/2011

by Brian from USA

The Endeavor specs on paper are excellent and the price is attractive. The build felt solid and the close focus was at spec but the optical quality was disappointing. Jupiter was up in the sky so it was a great test target. The image couldn't be made sharp and it flared significantly as I moved it off center to the edge of field of view. Looking at other low light objects showed the mediocre brightness. In bright conditions the image quality was decent but unimpressive. Field of view appeared to be at spec. Used some old Nikon 8x40s Egrets for comparison and they resolved a sharper image and had better brightness than the 10x42 ED Endeavor. Returned the Endeavor binocs and bought the Eagle Optics ED 10x42 which have better optics in my opinion. I'll review them soon.

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