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Vortex Talon HD Binoculars Review

Field testing the Vortex Talon HD Binoculars for this Review

Vortex Talon HD Binocular Review

As soon as I saw that Vortex had come out with the Vortex Talon HD 10×42 binoculars, I made sure there was a demo pair heading my way.  I have been a huge fan of Vortex Optics since they became popular about 15 years ago when they brought the features of the high dollar optics brands to the average wildlife and sports viewer (they have been in the business since 1986).  With this in mind, I put them to the test to see if they are worthy of my website readers attention. Here is the Vortex Talon HD Binocular Review:

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You can read my review below, or for more information, customer reviews, and to buy, Click Here:

Vortex Talon HD Binoculars @ EagleOptics.com   Price:   $439-$449
Vortex Talon HD 10×40 Binoculars @ Amazon.com
   Price:   $439-$449
(check both stores as prices do change)

Vortex Talon HD Binoculars Review

First Impressions

Vortex Talon HD 10X42 Binoculars

The Vortex comes with all that is shown in this picture, plus a neck strap.

As I pulled the Vortex Talon 10X42 Binoculars out of the box, my first impression was that they are slightly bigger than I was expecting, but when I compared them to other brands they proved to be similar in dimensions.

As I was sizing them up, I could not help but noticing how attractive these binos are.  They have a look and feel of much more expensive binoculars, namely the Swarovski 10×42’s.  In fact, for someone who did not know better, there could be some confusion between the two.  It was apparent right out of the box that these binoculars are built strong with high quality materials; they are dense and solid.

I stepped outside and put the Vortex Talons up to my eyes.  I was immediately impressed with the clarity and easy focus the Vortex Talon HD Binoculars are.  It just happened that it was a very bright, clear day, so I decided to put them away and wait until I could give them a complete review.

The Field Test


Vortex Talon HD 10X42 Binoculars

With a crisp, clear image, you can tell these Binoculars feature HD (high dispersion) Glass.

I was excited to go out and give the Vortex Talon 10X42 Binoculars a try in the field, so I headed up for a daylight scouting trip.  As the first rays of light began to show and the canyons began to lighten up, I put the Vortex Talon Binoculars to work and was instantly pleased with the light gathering abilities of the 42mm objective lenses. Even in the very low light of dusk I could focus the field glasses on objects, including several whitetail and mule deer, coyotes, and a black bear, among other things.

As the morning progressed, the images became even more crisp and clear.  The optics quality is extremely good on these binoculars, especially for under $500.  I have used plenty of much higher priced binoculars that I believe are no better than these.  The clarity extends from one end to the other, with the edges just as sharp as the center.

When compared to my other binoculars, I could definitely see the difference in the field of view (FOV).  With a field of view of 348 feet at 100 yards, the Vortex Talon HD give you nearly 50 feet more FOV than a typical set of 10 power binoculars.


Vortex Talon Review

The Vortex Talon 10X42 offer a good look and feel of quality.

Throughout the duration of my field test, I could not help but notice how comfortable the Vortex Talon 10X42’s are.  I spent several hours glassing without much of a break except to check some bucks out with the spotting scope, of which I spotted with the binoculars.   The talons fit well in my average sized hands and feel good on my eyes.

All of the moveable parts on the Vortex Talon HD Binoculars move very smoothly.  The focus moves easily and is quick to adjust.  The hinges pivot nicely and are smooth as well.

The exterior of the Talon Binocular are not only attractive, but also provide for a firm grip and extra padding for the rigorous day to day activities of hunting or other wildlife viewing.


The Vortex Talon HD Binoculars have several specs that are very noteworthy.  Below is a list of the top specs that they offer in the order that I see as the most prominent:

  1. Price: $450 You will have a hard time finding binoculars of this quality for any where close to this price.
  2. Field of View: 348 feet at 1000 yards.  This is the most you will find not only in its price range, but across the whole board of 10 power binoculars.
  3. HD Glass: This is a first in binoculars of this price to offer HD glass (high density, low dispersion).  I do not believe this is noteworthy if the optics aren’t incredibly clear, but that is not the case here.  The HD glass in the Vortex Talon is very worthy of the name.
  4. ArmorTek™ Lens Coating: Repels oils on outer glass surfaces making for easier and less cleaning, causing the lenses to last longer without scratches.

There are more noteworthy specifications that that I will not bore you with right now as all the specs can be seen at the links at the end of this article

Vortex VIP Warranty:

Vortex Optics offers a no fault lifetime warranty.  If you have any problems with these binoculars, send them back and Vortex will repair or replace them at no charge, with no questions asked.  I have heard many good things about the customer service and timely manner in which they get their products back to their owners. My own personal experiences with the warranty process has been very positive. They replaced an eye cusp for me that had broke. Even though Vortex offers their products at a discount, they will stand behind them as good as any of the high dollar optics brands.

Final Words:

If you haven’t noticed yet, I am very impressed with the Vortex Talon HD Binoculars and am glad to give them a excellent review.  I have yet to find anything that I do not like about them, and believe they will provide anybody with many years of quality glassing if treated properly.  Vortex has built a very good name for themselves by providing great customer service, building great products, and offering them at the prices they should be.

To get your own pair of Vortex Talon HD Binoculars and to read customer reviews, visit the links below.  Each of the sites can be trusted to provide great customer service, quick delivery, easy returns and the best prices.

For More information, customer reviews, and to buy, Click Here:

Vortex Talon HD Binoculars @ EagleOptics.com   Price:   $439-$449
Vortex Talon HD 10×40 Binoculars @ Amazon.com
   Price:   $439-$449
(check both stores as prices do change)

***Beware of stores that offer prices that are much less than the stores above. For unused, new in box binoculars that have not been refurbished or anything else, there is a minimum price stores can sell these binoculars.  If the price is significantly lower than displayed at the links above, beware of buying as there is scum out there and they are ready to rip us off.***

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  1. Sam Frazier July 26, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Good review. Though I believe you mean HD = High Density, not High Dispersion. It is quite the opposite. I believe it is ED glass, or Extra-low Dispersion which reduces chromatic aberration. That is a good thing. 🙂 High dispersion or high chromatic dispersion would be bad as your images would have fuzzy edges where the light wavelengths are visibly separated. That is, you would have a rainbow like effect around contrasted objects.

    • Artifact July 27, 2011 at 7:28 am

      Thanks Sam, You are definitely correct. I will get that typo corrected. Thank You for bringing it to my attention and I am glad you liked the review. The Vortex Talon with High Density glass are very nice binoculars.

  2. John August 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for the reliable review. I just got my Talon HD Binoculars a couple days ago. They are very impressive. I was on the fence until I read this review.

    Thanks Again: John

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