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Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42 Binocular

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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: 42

Average Rating:

Huge Bargain! - 08/20/2014

by C.O.S. from Cape May,NJ

I own a pair of Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42 binoculars as well as a pair of Vanguard Spirit ED 8x42 binoculars. While both seem well made and their specs are similar(the Endeavors have a more generous F.O.V. but are 3ozs. heavier) the Endeavor is superior optically to the Spirit ED. The Endeavor ED 8x42's are a bargain at $349.99 but to have them priced at $10 less than the Spirit ED 8x42's makes them an extraordinary bargain. If you are in the market for a great starter binocular or a very serviceable every day binocular buy these before they are gone and the new Endeavor EDII's cost double this $289.99 dollars.

Crisp and Clear - 07/22/2014

by Jason from Des Moines

I bought these binoculars back during the $50 mail in rebate. In class I was using Nikon Monarchs. These binoculars are far better! The open bridge feel, plus the stunning optics for the price is well worth it. I have not noticed many issues with these optics if at all.

Pros-
•Open bridge design
•Great optical quality
•Nice case and strap
•Unlimited warranty
•Price

Cons-
•Made in China

Best Binocular for the price... - 07/04/2014

by Rick M. from Southwestern Oregun

I have a pair Leupold 6x30 Yosemites I bought a few years ago which I use for bow hunting. Witch I love,great depth.Needed something with more power for rife hunting.So I checked the reviews and found ED 8x42 Endeavor had some of the best reviews.I am blown away clearest binocular I have used. very happy..Eagle Optics was very fast shipping, thanks...

Vanguard endeavor ED 8x42 - 06/27/2014

by Keren T. from marthas vineyard ma

I'm a bit of a novice but I made the right choice in this model for bird watching. Great light gathering - can see late into dusk. Great customer service from Vanguard when I lost a part. I trust this brand.

binoculars for birds & lizards - 05/30/2014

by sandra A. from Arizona

My husband had binoculars that the Road Show would be interested in evaluating. Bird Watchers Digest recommended the Vanguard and that was good enough for me. I told my husband they were for the car, but after trying them on out on the porch looking at a lizard and a bird he commented how much brighter they were and how he could focus on things up close and far off easier. The old binoculars are finally retired.

Great Value - 05/29/2014

by Jeff W. from United States

Good binos for birding. Great price-point for the quality. I especially like the lifetime guarantee.

good glass - 05/28/2014

by Lynn from Indianapolis

Good glass for the price--bright, sharp, feels good in the hand. A little on the heavy side but I knew that from the detailed specs.

Excellent - 05/27/2014

by JSCjr from Maryland, USA

Settled on these as my first quality birding binocular, and after three weeks behind the ocular I'm very happy with them. Clear, bright views, with no sign of CA to my eyes (this has been the only criticism I've ever seen of this model), and wonderful ergonomics. I even like the neon green trim. :)

At the current price after rebate, it doesn't seem possible to go wrong, although the price may yet continue to drop as Vanguard rolls out their ED II models.

Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42 Binocular - 05/27/2014

by Lucy L. from Iowa

A great pair of binoculars. Very easy to adjust with excellent clarity and no distortion. I like the fact that they are waterproof - a reason for purchasing them if I am out in a drizzle! I definitely recommend them.

Best deal going right now. - 05/14/2014

by Shawn D. from Denton, Texas

Having had the good fortune of looking thru dozens of binoculars from $25 Bushnells to $2500 Swarvoskis and several in between, I can whole heartedly endorse these endeavors as the best deal in binoculars at this time. Many customers have compared them with the Nikon Monarch and the Eagle optics ranger. The Endeavors are superior in every way. They do weigh a little more but not so much to be an issue. I purchased the 8x42 model thru eagle optics while they had a great deal going. But even at the regular price you will be hard pressed to find a pair as good as these at the same price. If $2500 Zeiss or Swarvoskis are out of your price range, then do yourself a favor and get these. You will not be disappointed. As I said, I purchased thru Eagle Optics and you simply will not find a friendlier, more knowlegable customer service department out there.

Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42 - 05/04/2014

by Kenny G. from Evansville, IN

Bought these during Christmas sale. Absolutely wonderful for the money. Has excellent centerfield clarity and very good eye relief for eyeglass wearers like myself. Feels good in hands and I love the 3 quarter turn from close to infinity of the focus. Two thumbs up on this fine binocular!

Excellent Quality - 04/29/2014

by Melissa M. from Broomfield, CO

I upgraded from an $80 pair of Bushnells that served me well. I got these Vanguard's at a great sale price, but even at full price I would be satisfied. Very clear, bright image, quick to focus, seem durable. Locking diopter setting is a nice change for me since it stays where I set it. I have small hands and these are comfortable to use for long days in the field. As an added bonus, the case is very nice and functional and holds both the binoculars and an attached binocular harness.

Great Binoculars - 02/28/2014

by Elizabeth F. from United States

I wanted to give my husband a new pair of binoculars for his birthday and had no idea what to buy. An accomplished birdwatcher friend told me what to look for and the meaning of the specifications. My husband is very pleased. He uses the Vanguards for bird watching. They adjust easily, are not too heavy, and provide great clarity and true color in the field.

Good Value - 01/23/2014

by Mike from KY

Very good optics for this price range, well built, feel solid and good in hands. Even though these are not my best binocs, I like to use them for everyday and travel.

Excellent binocs and value - 01/17/2014

by wwichers from Metropolitn Detroit Area

Have purchased the 10x42s and two pairs of the 8x42s after buying my first pair of 8x42s to check these out. I am really surprised at the quality, especially at this price point. They are every bit as good as the $850 pair of big-name binocs I also have. Sharp and clear edge to edge and the colors pop nicely. Lifetime warranty, too. Very pleased and I recommend these highly.

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

Birdwatchers.com 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.

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