Bushnell Bear Grylls 8x25mm Compact Roof Prism Binoculars Review
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- Outstanding light transmission
- Economically priced
- Superb image
- Body is difficult to grip with one hand
- No neck strap or way to attach a neck strap
- Focus knob difficult to use with gloved hands
Welcome to my review of the Bushnell Bear Grylls 8x25mm Compact Roof Prism Waterproof/Fogproof Binoculars. There’s no mistaking that Bear Grylls is a big name in survival gear, since Bear Grylls Ventures partners with a number of big names to put out gear that the survival expert stands behind. Sometimes, Bear’s name doesn’t really mean a whole lot, though, since he’s trying to make money off of the products. Is that the case with these binoculars? Let’s check them out and see.
What Do I Get in the Box?
The first thing most people want to know is what they get for the money. That’s not necessarily the most important factor in selecting binoculars, but it is important. Here’s what comes in the box when you buy the Bear Grylls 8x25mm Compact Binoculars:
- The Bear Grylls 8x25mm Compact Binoculars
- Embroidered carrying case
That’s it, folks. No lens caps, no neck strap, nothing else. The binoculars don’t even have eyelets for a neck strap, unfortunately. The embroidered carrying case is nicely constructed, but it is a bit too tight.
How Much Magnification Do I Get?
With 25mm objective lenses, the Bear Grylls 8x25mm Compact Binoculars provides 8X magnification. The quality and resolution is quite good, with clear, crisp images that are easy to focus. The close focus range on these binoculars is about average at 14 feet, and the field of view is a generous 360 feet at 1,000 yards.
What Type of Optics Do the Binoculars Have?
Bushnell has elected to use a roof prism design with the Bear Grylls 8x25mm Compact Binoculars, which makes sense when you are trying to keep the size and weight down. The lenses are fully multi-coated so all of the air-to-glass surface benefit from the antireflective treatment and have excellent light transmission. Bushnell has made a smart move, too, in using BaK–4 prism glass. As a result, the image quality is superb, with excellent color saturation and a vibrant, crisp view at all distances.
The center focus knob is a bit on the small side, making it difficult to adjust focus if you are wearing gloves. However, the ridges molded into the focus wheel make it quite easy to smoothly focus your image if your hands are small enough and not encased in gloves.
The eye relief on the Bear Grylls 8x25mm Compact Binoculars is 13.5mm, which is a bit short but still usable with or without eyeglasses. Twist-up eyecups make it easy to adjust the binoculars to your viewing preferences.
What’s the Body Like On These Binoculars?
Bushnell has build the Bear Grylls 8x25mm Compact Binoculars to last, with thick rubber armor coating the binoculars all around. The rubber armor is non-slip with a soft texture grip, and the stippling in the texture helps tremendously in keeping the binoculars firmly in hand. The only drawback to the body of the Bear Grylls 8x25mm Compact Binoculars is that it utilizes a closed bridge design, which makes it difficult to hold the binoculars with just one hand.
How Durable Are the Binoculars?
The thick rubber armor surrounding the Bear Grylls 8x25mm Compact Binoculars ensures the glass can withstand falls from a good distance. The utilization of roof prisms helps with this, since a roof prism design is much more forgiving and less likely to be knocked out of collimation.
Bushnell has built these binoculars for use in all weather conditions, since the lenses are O-ring sealed and the optics chambers are nitrogen-purged. This means the Bear Grylls 8x25mm Compact Binoculars are both waterproof and fogproof, leaving you with a perfectly usable set of binoculars no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.