The Vanguard Orros binoculars look quite a bit like the average pair of single pivot roof prism compact binoculars, but if you look closely, you’ll notice that they feature an innovate foldable design due to the unique focus wheel and offset hinges.
The manufacturer’s only real mention of this new take on foldable binocular design is in relation to the focus wheel, pointing to the fact that the location makes the binoculars easier to adjust and generally more comfortable to use. But this design also allows the binoculars to fold up into an even more compact shape, making them a true pair of pocket binoculars that you can easily carry with you, wherever you go.
Vanguard Compact Binoculars Assessment and Features
Inside the end of the barrels, the objective lenses are set at five millimeters, which is pretty good for a pair of compact binoculars.
These waterproof binoculars feature fully sealed O-rings, which will protect against water, dirt, and debris. The binoculars are also nitrogen charged, which means that the internal air has been replaced with a dry nitrogen gas. This prevents the lenses from fogging up. The airless and moisture-free environment also prevents mold growth and corrosion.
The overall curved design of the binoculars make them comfortable to hold, thanks to the thick rubber covering. The rubber grip will also dampen sound and works to make them less reflective. While the rubber has a hard feel to it, the added texture counters this nicely. This model lacks thumb indents on the underside, however, you’ll find there’s a nice recess that’s designed for thumb placement. This also helps to increase your grip.
The ten-millimeter eye-relief isn’t an issue for people who don’t wear glasses, but for consumers who do, the eye relief design can prevent them from enjoying a full field of view through the binoculars. The problem is further exacerbated by the fact that these binoculars don’t come equipped with twist-up eyecups. While the rubber cups can be folded for improved viewing, they have a reputation of flipping back up into place.
For people who don’t wear glasses, these eyecups should work just fine. The soft one-millimeter, thin rubber cups feature an external diameter of thirty millimeters. They’re very comfortable, forming an effective, yet small, shield that prevents some light from entering at the sides which results in an improved viewing experience.
When you close or open the hinge you can adjust the distance between the lenses to match the distance between your eyes. While this feature isn’t new, the range of the adjustment is a big selling point for this model.
With a maximum of seven and a half inches and a minimum of one and a half inches, the interpupillary distance adjustment is considered top of the line and means that they can easily accommodate most users.
Orros Compact Binoculars Pros and Cons
Pros: You’ll love the offset focusing wheel, which features a design that’s similar to what you’ll find on a pair of full-sized binoculars. Instead of placing the wheel dead center, the offset design makes it more comfortable and much easier to reach up and adjust the wheel. The wheel itself is twenty-six millimeters in diameter and turns smoothly. It features a deeply grooved rubber track that further improves ease of use. Highly geared, the focus mechanism will only take ¾ of a turn to adjust the focus from one extreme to the next. This means you’ll enjoy faster large adjustments, but this can be an issue if your goal is to adjust the focus for a pin sharp image.
In order to calibrate and focus correctly, you’ll need binoculars that feature central focus bins that are equipped with diopter adjustment. This helps users to compensate for any differences between the vision in their right and left eyes. Like many models, this adjustment has been made on the right lens, but unlike other models that feature a ring that needs to be turned for adjustment, for the Orros you can just twist the entire eyepiece. It turns smoothly and with the right amount of friction to prevent accidental movement.
These binoculars use a roof prism lens design, ensuring that these binoculars are as small as possible. The manufacturer also uses BAK4 glass for the prisms, which is great quality for binoculars in this price range.
The offset hinge design makes it easier to focus the binoculars, regardless of hand size or if the user is wearing gloves.
Compared to a pair of larger binoculars, light transmission is very important on a pair of compact binoculars. With compact binoculars, a less amount of light is able to gather in the smaller lenses. Because of this, getting as much light to the eyes as possible can make a huge difference in terms of image brightness, especially in low light conditions. While lower quality binoculars may have no lens coating or just a single coating, these binoculars have been multi-coated with anti-reflection protective coating. This will reduce any unwanted internal reflections and improve light transmission, ensuring that as much light gets to the user’s eyes as possible.
Cons: While we do appreciate the innovative take on the diopter adjustment, we wish it was lockable and came equipped with a scale, which would make it much easier to remember settings, especially if more than one person uses these binoculars or it does accidentally get knocked out of place.
If you’re looking for a pair that’s highly adjustable we recommend the Bushnell Power View compact folding binoculars.
Vanguard Conclusion and Rating
The Vanguard Orros compact binoculars are small, lightweight, and equipped with an innovative design that makes them easy to use in any type of weather. They offer a crystal clear, bright viewing experience and they’re priced to fit any budget. Consumers who purchased these binoculars gave them a rating of four and a half out of five stars, making them one of the best compact binoculars on the market.
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