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Vanguard Orros 8x25 Binocular

Vanguard Orros

Great for Kids

How the Orros stacks up against other inexpensive pocket bins

We tested 14 small-sized, pocket binoculars and compared them against each other in late 2017. Several cost under $100, and of those, we found the Vanguard Orros 8x25 was the best value. It has good optical quality. It weighs only 10.4 ounces. It's waterproof. It's uncommonly comfortable to use. And it has a remarkably great warranty.

Works for small faces. And for children.

The Orros has only one hinge, instead of the two-hinge design of most pocket binoculars. Some people find that a single hinge is hand friendlier, because it makes it easy to get the binocular to line up in front of your eyes.

The Orros has an unusual design. The hinge is left of center. Because of that, when you close the hinge to bring the two barrels together, one barrels tucks sort of  "under the arm" of the other. This allows the two eyepieces to come very close together. And that is why this binocular is so great for kids and for anyone with a small face or close-set eyes.

Most binocular with a single hinge don't let the two eyepieces get close together. As a result, some people can't see through both barrels at the same time. Too bad for children! But with the Orros, no one has that problem. The two barrels fold together almost completely, so even a person with close-set eyes or a small child can see through both eyepieces at the same time. 

Why it's so comfortable to hold

That asymmetrical hinge placement on the left side allows the choice of a relaxed, natural, index finger reach from the right or a shorter reach from the left.

The focus knob has a nice, smooth, easy action. It's ideal for a person who does not want to push a finger hard to focus the binocular. The smoothness of the Orros focus knob rivaled the quality of pocket binoculars costing seven or eight times as much!

Nice optics

You get a nice clear image with this binocular. Remarkably good, we think, for such an inexpensive instrument.

Sorry, but it's not for folks who wear glasses

Eye ReiefThe Orros has one shortcoming, although it affects only people who wears glasses while using binoculars. The eye relief is only 12.5mm. That means that, if you have glasses on, you can't get the binocular close enough to the eyes to allow the full field of view.

So if you wear glasses while using binoculars, you will want to select a binocular with longer eye relief. Maybe an Eagle Optics Shrike, or a Vortex Diamondback 8x42.

However, if you don't wear glasses, the Vanguard Orros 8x25 is an inexpensive way to get a good, lightweight binocular.

Diopter Adjustment

Another issue with the Orros is the diopter adjustment ring. We felt that it turned a little too easily. A user would might need to check the setting now and then, to make sure it was still correct.  This is especially true if you hand your binocular to a friend, who might accidentally turn the diopter adjustment without realizing it. (For instructions on how to set the diopter adjustment the first time, click here.)



Specifications Vanguard Orros 8x25

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