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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 (XD) 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 8x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Field of view 367 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief 19 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: 57

Average Rating:

An exceptional value - 01/11/2014

by Douglas B. from Spring Hill, Florida

In early December I did some birdwatching in Panama and Costa Rica while on a Panama Canal Cruise. I was carrying my trusty Bausch & Lomb 8x36 NAS binos I purchased in 1990. My wife had her Pentax 8x43 DCF SP's that I had snagged used on fleabay two years ago for about $200. I borrowed hers on a number of occasions and was really impressed and decided it was time to upgrade but I really did not wish to invest the dollars. I searched used and then read countless reviews and decided to buy the Vanguard Endeavor 8x42 since they were by far the least expensive pair of those I considered and I knew that if they were not to my liking that Eagle Optics would allow for a simple return. With my level of expertise I am unable to discern any difference between the Pentax and Vanguard units in viewing capabilities. I do prefer the "feel" of the Pentax in my hands and prefer their greater focusing wheel travel. That said, I am really impressed with the Endeavor 8x42's and find them a perfect cost/quality choice for my needs. The warranty was also a factor in my purchase though given the newness of the manufacturer I have limited expectations for service twenty years down the road.

So glad I chose this for our trip! - 12/17/2013

by Vicki from Washington

I had another brand of binoculars, which my husband had been using, and were handed over to my adult son. So, I decided to replace them with a sturdier pair, and the comments on this pair was very encouraging. I got them on sale, for the same price as the other Namebrand binoculars.

These are super sturdy, and will take the abuse that it will receive without any issues.

The FOV is wonderful, and very clear view, even in not so great lighting...

Very happy with Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42 and Eagle Optics - 12/12/2013

by Jerry C from Camarillo, CA

After using a friend's excellent Swarovski binoculars in Africa, I reviewed more-affordable binoculars and bought Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42 binoculars. The customer service people at Eagle Optics gave me very useful advice as I compared binoculars. The Vanguard Endeavors are excellent. I particularly like the large field of view to find birds more easily. The focus knob changes depth of field quickly yet accurately, and focuses up close for butterflies. The image is bright with excellent resolution. I would recommend them for birding (or an African safari), and I commend Eagle Optics for making the process so pleasing.

Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42 Bino - 10/29/2013

by Robert K. from Shippensburg, PA

The binoculars were a gift for my wife, so that she would stop borrowing mine. After trying the Endeavors, I may be borrowing them from her. I like the optics: great magnification,setting the lens and being able to lock-in your personal eye setting is wonderful. I thought that they were a little heavy, but my wife did not, so that's all that matters. Also like the guarantee that Vanguard offers.

Great binoculars/ good service - 10/11/2013

by Rita from United States

I've been using these binoculars for about a month, and I like them very much. I have rheumatoid arthritis so it is important that the focusing wheel be easy to turn. These were recommended by a member of the local bird club and I'm very happy with them. I can find and focus quickly. I lost the objective lens cap in a prairie this week, and when I called Vanguard, they said that they would send a replacement right away.

Previously, I used Parks Wave 8x42s since I started bird watching a couple years ago, but the center focusing wheel was difficult to turn and had some play in it. It did not seem to be working properly, and I've not been able to get the repair department to service them yet.

Love these Binos - 07/30/2013

by Steve from Richmond, va

Easy to focus. Great optics and light weight. I like the strap and case as well. My wife and I bought these because of the ED glass and great price. Vanguard is providing a rebate as well. We are using these for casual bird watching.

Great Binocular - 06/19/2013

by Caine from Oregon, OH

Upgrade from previous binoculars and couldn't be more pleased. Incredibly sharp images and quick focus. The adjustable eye relief makes for optimum viewing. I would definitely recommend these binoculars.

5.0 out of 5.0 - 04/09/2013

by jim r. from United States guided me through my selection process for my 3rd pair of binoculars. I wanted a rugged, easy to use, hiking, birding style and these fit exactly what I want. Optics are remarkable. A great value compared to other brands priced far higher. They'll be hard to beat.

EO Rangers 8 X 42 best of 3 compared - 11/11/2012

by susan from minneapolis

I found EO Ranger to be the best for me.

Atlas Intrepid
Pros:Nice feel for thumb indentations, open hinge design.
Cons: Heavier than other binocs, slack in focus wheel, drag in focus wheel, lens caps too loose.

Vanguard Endeavor
Pros: Focus wheel very smooth, nice thumb indentations, comfortable grippy enterior, open hinge design, long strap for over the shoulder, very nice case.
Cons:heavier, slight slack in focus wheel, too short focus travel(270 degrees) too easy to over shoot focus.

EO Rangers
Pros:light weight, nice feel, smooth focus wheel, comprable optics for me
Con : short strap, but EO sent me a longer one, complementary

Special thanks to Ben at Eagle Optics.

Very good optics at a very reasonable price - 10/30/2012

by Douglas H. from United States

I needed a new pair of binoculars to carry at-the-ready in my car, and after reading reviews for and tests of the Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42, I decide to purchase a pair from Eagle Optics. After using them for a month, I can say that these are truly a very good buy. They are lightweight, chromatic aberration is very slight (just a little bit around edge when viewing towards the direction of bright sun), and the view is clear and sharp. I like the fast focus (only about 3/4 turn from near to far), although sometimes this can make for a small bit of difficulty in keeping a very fine focus on a moving bird. While not measuring up to my main pair of "alpha" binoculars, at about 1/3 the cost The Vanguard Endeavor ED is extremely good for a back-up pair and would be an outstanding purchase for any new birder or someone looking to move up a step from entry-level binoculars.

Birthday gift for husband is a hit!!! - 09/14/2012

by Debbie H. from Vallejo, CA

My husband had been wanting a pair of binoculars and after some research I ordered these for him. We have a view of the Carquinez Straits from our backyard and he wanted something to grab to use to check out the ships and sailboats that travel past our house. He is very impressed with the clarity and distance of view. The width of vision is very impressive as well. He loves his gift and I like it too!!

Fabulous - 08/24/2012

by David from United States

These binoculars have very bright optics. We love them. I have not noticed any distortion in the field of vision. Very easy to focus and bring both eyes together.

Tremendous value - 08/15/2012

by J Cheek from Albuquerque, NM

Purchased these for my wife at the same time that I purchased a pair of Zeiss Victorys, and I have to say that the Vanguards can hold their own with the Zeiss until the last few minutes of twilight when the Zeiss continue to show some colors. Considering the price difference, however, the Vanguards are a tremendous value for the performance. Build quality is great, as is the warranty. I would highly recommend these binoculars, especially as a backup pair, or for an inexpensive first investment for new birders.

Nice Upgrade - 07/30/2012

by Joe from Florida

I bought these binoculars based on recommendations at Birdwatcher's Digest and online reviews. I only had a cheaper pair so these were much sharper than those and so far I've been generally pleased. However, the weight was a bit more than I had hoped, so for longer hikes, I may stick to the lighter pair I already had. Overall, the quality seems fine and based on how I plan to use them, I expect them to last a long time.

Vanguard Endevor ED 8x42 - 07/20/2012

by Mel from Westmont, Il

I bought these binoculars for bird watching. They are very bright and clear. There does not appear to be any chromatic abberation. They are light weight and fit my hands very well. I'm quite pleased with my purchase.

Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42 - 07/06/2012

by Charles from Detroit, MI

This is the first pair of good binoculars I've purchased. So I can't compare them to anything. As for the binoculars themselves they are an outstanding purchase for their given price point. I would highly recommend them to anyone in this price range. They are just crystal clear, and have all the features you need, adjustments etc. I can't imagine what a pair of $1500 to $2000 pair of high end binoculars would be like.

Sharp image - 07/04/2012

by James from Northridge, California

I bought these because there were very highly rated in an earlier issue of Birdwatcher's Digest, and I'm very pleased with them. The image quality is excellent with no distortion or fuzziness. The rubber lens covers work very well and are very convenient. And, what I didn't expect is that they are so light-weight. The wide neck band feels good on the neck. Altogether, the Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x31 is a fine binocular without being expensive; I'm very pleased.

Vanguard - 06/18/2012

by Tammy from North Dakota

I purchased these for my 1st bird watching binoculars.
They are everything i wanted and more!

Fantastic field of view,the lens are bright and clear,very easy to focus and hold with one hand.

I have highly recommended them to my birder friends.
Plus Eagle Optics have great service and fast shipping.

Vanguard Endeavor a best buy! - 06/14/2012

by Ron S from Wood Dale, IL

I purchased the Vanguard Endeavor's to replace an 18 year-old pair of Bushnell Legend 10X40's that I use for work. I decided to take advantage of the dual rebates which dropped the price well under $300. To be honest, they are still a bargain at $350.
The Vanguards are bright with excellent edge-to-edge sharpness. Eye relief is very good and will be appreciated by eye glass wearers. They are relatively light for an 8X42 and the build quality seems high (time will tell). In head-to-head comparison, the Vanguards blew away the Nikon Monarch in my opinion. To be honest, they were very close in image quality to the Atlas Intrepid and Zen-Rays which I also considered. The determining factor were the ergonomics. The binoculars fit perfectly in hand and the focus wheel is the perfect diameter with just the right amount of tension.
I'm amazed at just how far binoculars have come in the under $500 range in the past 15 years. I paid $200 more for my old Bushnells and they are heavier, have a narrower field of view and less eye relief. Yes, I think the Endeavors are a best buy.

Very satisfying - 06/12/2012

by Margaret from Marietta, OH

I had (emphasis on the word had) a fabulous pair of Zeis mini binocs that were great, but they went missing and I didn't want to risk mislaying another expensive pair. The Vanguard Endeavor ED fits my needs very nicely. Natural and comfortable in my hands, easily adjustable, nice weight, an actual 6 ft near focus (despite it being advertised as 8.2), and little discernible distortion at the margins. Just really nice to grab and use without being very conscious of them being separate from my own hand and eye.

Just what I was looking for - 06/08/2012

by Karen from Laurel, MD

These binoculars are great - crystal clear, easy to use and a real bargain. I highly recommend them.

Vanguard ED Endeavor 8x42 - 05/25/2012

by Dee from Virginia

Purchased as a gift after many reviews of binoculars in the 8x42, 8x45 categories.
The feel of the binocular is solid, surfaces to grip are comfortable, eye pieces adjust easily between users (one with glasses, one without), the focus is quick and doesn't 'wander' once selected. The optics are clear and crisp almost to the edges of FOV, much better than other binoculars at this price point.
These were used extensively during a trip to the Gulf coast for both on-the-water observation of manatees, dolphins and water birds and for shorebird spotting/identification in April and May. Appreciate the waterproofing under beach conditions.

Great Binoculars - 05/22/2012

by david from Overland Park KS.

Purchased these Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42 after reading they were top rated for mid-priced binoculars by Bird Watchers Digest in a recent field test. Clearly, they are as good as stated in the tests and met my expectations. Purchased for bird watching and to keep in my car and as a companion pair to my Swarovski EL's. Couldn't be happier with the Vanguards and Eagle Optics. Both price and customer service. Also purchased the Swarovskis from Eagle Optics. And, Vanguards Lifetime No Fault Warranty is just amazing in this era.

Present for my daughter - 05/15/2012

by John from Texas

My daughter was a taking a class on birds and was using some nice Vortex binoculars rented from the school. I wanted to get a good pair for after the class. I spent a couple of weeks researching and learning a great deal about bird watching binoculars. I settled on the $200-$300 8x42 range. I liked the eagle optics Rangers but it seem liked the reviews for the Vanguard were a little bit better. When they came in they were stunning. Much better than the more expensive (but older) Vortex glasses that my daughter was using. It was 3 days before I bought a second pair for my wife who has always been interested in birds. I do not know how long it will be before I buy a pair for myself.

I have zero complaints about this product. I am very happy and would recommend them to others.

Vanguard Endeavor ED Binocular - 03/23/2012

by Jan from United States

Was very happy with the Vanguard Endeavor ED binoculars that I purchased. Very bright and great field of view,The near focus is less than the 8.2 feet that is stated.I love the quick focus also.Would recommend this binocular to all

Great product, great price - 02/01/2012

by Ann from Missouri

My father is the avid birder and had read rave reviews in regards to the Endeavor. I was ready to upgrade from my old binoculars that are hardly worth carrying around. I wanted a nice solid pair without a huge investment. I can say I am utterly satisfied. Ease of use, comfort, and crisp images make this a great purchase.

Great set of binoculars! - 01/27/2012

by Luke from CA

I purchased this set of binoculars for hunting and occasionally for bird watching. For less than $300 after the $50 rebate, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better performing pair binoculars for the money. In my search for a good mid-price 8x42 binocular I went through a few set of binoculars from different manufacturers and finally settle on these. I am not one to claim that these perform as great as the binoculars costing in the thousands but I will say it is as close as you’ll get for the money. The only difference optically that I notice between these and the really expensive binoculars is that expensive binoculars exhibit a flat view and is sharp all the way to the edge will still maintaining a little wider FOV. The view of Endeavor ED is flat out to the tiniest ~5% of the outer edge where it exhibits a slight hint of curvature. Sharpness also seems extends all the way to the very edge with a small hint of reduction in sharpness in the extreme outer edge. I went what these instead of a few other Chinese ED binoculars with wider FOV around price range because those usually exhibits noticeable drop in sharpness at around the 75%-80% and beyond. Like other Chinese ED binoculars this set control chromatic aberration very well in the center and less outward but still good. The overall build quality of this binocular is really good and the texture rubber coating works wonderfully. I highly recommend these to those who want a really well built pair of binocular with really great optics but don’t want to break their bank.

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