The Vanguard Spirit XF produced some of the sharpest and clearest images of all binoculars we tested. Its rugged design and pristine optics make it an ideal pair for outdoor activities including hiking, camping and birdwatching, while its versatility also makes it a great choice for action like sporting events. Its precise optics and durable design earned the Vanguard Spirit XF 1042 our Editor’s Pick for Best Binoculars.
Pros: Without fail, all of our testers found the Vanguard Spirit XF produced the clearest images with edge-to-edge sharpness. Using BAK-4 prims directs more light toward your eyes for brighter and crisper images. It’s also one of the lightest pairs we reviewed at just under 23oz. Its rugged design is waterproof and fogproof to ensure no moisture sneaks in.
Cons: Some testers found the central focusing knob a bit stiff, but functionally was easy to adjust and dial down clear images. The eye relief is only 16mm, which isn’t the smallest we saw but it is smaller than others with 18mm.
Bottom Line: The Vanguard Spirit XF is one of the best pairs of binoculars because it produces unparalleled images and has a versatile design, allowing you to use it for a variety of activities.
Best for: Sharp and clear images in the backcountry with its lighter weight and rugged design
Key Attribute: Optics
- Impressive image quality
- Lightweight, open-bridge body design
- Multiple-position eyecups
- Long eye-relief
- No-slip and extreme rubber armor