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Not Shabby at all, especially for the price
on January 10, 2012
I'm a prior service Army Iraq/Afghanistan vet, so I am kinda biased in my review. Just keep in mind that, No. These are no set of 14's. If that's your expectation, save your money or try to win the lottery. However, they're pretty awesome for the price. There are some pro's and con's with any gen 1's but thus far I am pretty happy with this product.
The pro's are the lightweight yet apparent ruggedness of the product. A heavy set of night vision has the helmet/skullcrusher riding down on my face and throws the image off. These aren't heavy, so the image stays right where I want it to be. Another pro is that Yukon advertises that the unit CANNOT be interchanged over the left eye... that it is a right eye unit ONLY. This is false. All you have to do is unscrew the bracket from the skullcrusher, and invert it. problem solved. For us tactical shooters, left eye viewing is a must and it is easily done. Another pro is the ease of adjustment. With the push of a button you can flip the unit up without losing your personalized adjustments of the unit... something I was afraid of when I bought this unit. Something else I thought was cool was the lens cover. It has a pinhole apeture in the center. This allows the unit to work in daylight. IF you get the weapon attachment, this could be a pretty useful feature. I wish there was a way to attach a lanyard/550 cord though, so you don't lose it when you take it off. Another pro, aforementioned by Adam L. Rogers, is that I can turn off the unit - even remove the battery, and it continues to work for MINUTES before dying - a REAL battery saver. The last pro is the ease of focus. It's a nice smooth action, and with a quick adjustment I can read a book in total blackout, or literally see as far down the street as I want. I haven't tested the full range of the night vision, but thus far, it sees pretty far, providing adequate lighting is available.
Now for the con's. I have a few gripes about the skullcrusher specifically. The skullcrusher (headmount) is comfortable enough when wearing a baclava, but on bare skin, it's kinda uncomfortable. The chinstrap attachment is a little plastic J-hook, and unless you crank down on the chinstrap, it comes unhooked relatively easily. The chin-cup doesn't stay on my chin very well either. As for the night vision itself, I have very few complaints. One of them is that in total darkness it's almost completely useless. Ambient light, or an IR light is mandatory. With either of these it works just fine - and the unit does come with a IR light. Which leads me another con - the IR light is NOT invisible. If you plan to play airsoft, or anything else where you want to remain hidden - forget about it. If you're looking directly at someone, a red light is visible. Now, the IR light looks like a maglight through the night vision, but it is merely a red glowing orb to someone not wearing night vision. The last con I have, is that no matter what distance you are viewing - you're going to have a fish eye (bubble or halo) effect around the peripheral. It happens, but it's not a game stopper.
In summary to prospective buyers, I have to say this is a pretty awesome unit. It has a few flaws, yeah, but lets be honest folks... if you had $2,500+ to blow on night vision, you wouldn't be considering these anyway. This is an awesome set of NVG's for a pretty awesome price. If you can afford these, I recommend them to you highly.