In this video, I’m going to reveal to you
the winner of the BBR award for the Best Birding Binoculars of 2019
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Hello, my name is Jason & Welcome to the 2019
Best Binocular Reviews Awards Winner Series.
In each of the episodes, I highlight one of
the winners and show you just why they deserve
to be classed as one of the best binoculars
of 2019 within their respective categories.
Now into its ninth year, the BBR awards are
an excellent way for me to showcase the very
best binoculars, night vision devices, scopes,
and accessories that I have fully hands-on
tested and reviewed in the past 12 months
in a range of popular categories.
And today we will be taking a look at the
winner of the Best Bird Watching Binocular
As this is probably the most competitive section
here on BBR, choosing the winner for the best
birding binocular is always very difficult
and this year was no exception.
However, standing out from the pack are these
superb Hawke Frontier 8×42 ED X.binoculars.
These optics not only posses just about everything
you could want in a great birding binocular
but they currently retail at a price that
I believe makes them exceptional value for
money as well.
For just about every use, but especially for
bird watching, having a very high quality,
true to life view when you look through your
binoculars is a critical feature as it not
only ensures that you are able to take in
and appreciate the beauty of the birds you
But in birding, tiny differences in plumage
colorations can make the difference in positively
identifying one sub-species from another.
To help with this, the Hawke Frontier ED-X
uses an extremely high level of optics and
Indeed they are just about as good as it gets
in this area.
This includes a fully multi-coated optical
system with ED or (extra-low dispersion glass)
elements in the lenses.
They also have phase corrected, dielectrically
coated roof prisms and many other highest
level optical components, which when added
up helped them to achieve an outstanding 9/10
for both the optical components and final
image quality on the BBR scale when I tested
If at any time I mention a feature or technical
term that you don’t fully understand or
if something is not clear, please feel free
to fire off your question in the comments
section below or click through to the BBR
website for more details where there are answers
to most faqs
Having a wide field of view is another extremely
important feature and helps in many situations
in regards to bird watching.
Firstly, with a wide view, it is much easier
and often quicker to find your subject.
Then it also makes it much less difficult
to follow and keep the bird in your view.
This is especially true of the small fast
and erratic moving birds at closer range.
At 426ft wide at 1,000 yards, these Hawke
binoculars have an extremely wide view that
ranks up there with the very widest views
you can get through an 8×42 binocular.
In fact, with a view this wide, I would certainly
describe them as being a wide angle binocular
As well as performing extremely well in these
two critical areas for general bird watching,
another reason I opted for the 8×42 Hawke
Frontier over the other contenders is that
they also have an extremely high build quality
level to match a performance that I rate as
excellent or better in every single area.
Good examples of this are the use of a magnesium
alloy chassis, metal focus wheel, and eyepiece
To save costs many binoculars will use a polycarbonate
plastic in these key areas, which may be cheaper
and more lightweight, but are nowhere near
as robust or as classy.
he eye-cups on the Hawke Frontier ED X have
a real look and feel of quality to them, In
fact, they remind me very much of those that
you get on top end Swarovski EL binoculars,
which are truly excellent.
The rubber cover fits very tightly onto the
cup housing and the twist-up action is extremely
smooth and has just enough resistance to prevent
Another aspect that is noticeable is that
there is zero free-play that I often see on
lesser quality binoculars.
The twist up mechanism has a single click-stop
position midway between fully retracted and
extended, this along with an excellent 18mm
of eye-relief makes them a great choice of
birders who also wear glasses.
As this is the area on a binocular that most
often gets damaged should you accidentally
drop them, it is also important to note that
the eyepiece housing is metallic and not plastic
like many others out there.
Also, like the best ones, they can also be
unscrewed and thus easily removed and replaced
should the need ever arise.
Considering the seriously impressive level
of optical and exterior components used on
these Hawke binoculars as well as their excellent
build quality and level of supplied accessories,
their retail price which is currently about
$389 or £ is also seriously impressive to
me and well worth highlighting.
Whilst this is not cheap, you could easily
pay a whole lot more just to get a binocular
that is at exactly the same level as these.
Whilst testing, using and then reviewing these
best binoculars for the money , I literally couldn’t find
any major weaknesses and certainly no deal
But if I have to be ultra picky, I would say
that the lens covers, rain-guard, and cleaning
cloth are not quite at the same level as the
instrument itself or the carry case and neck
So there you have it, those are just some
of the key points why I believe these 8×42
Hawke Frontier ED X binoculars make an excellent
choice for Bird watching.
In fact I would also highly recommend them
for most general and outdoor uses including
For the full review that contains much more
detail as well as comparisons with other birding
binoculars, be sure to check out the link
in the description that will take you straight
to the review on the BBR website.
In future videos in this series, I will be
highlighting the winners of the other categories
that include, best hunting, best compact,
best astronomy binocular and best overall
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