Vortex Solo 10x36 mm Monocular
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- Fully Multi-Coated Lenses
- Rubber Armor Construction
- Adjustable Eyecup
- Waterproof and Fogproof
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|Field Of View||6.2|
|Item Dimensions||2.36 x 2.17 x 4.88 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1 pound|
|Item Weight||0.62 pounds|
|Objective Lens Diameter||36 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.2 pounds|
Vortex Solo 10x36 Tactical Monocular Built to be carried as a standard piece of equipment, close-at-hand, the Solo monocular gives you a closer look when you need it. And with the integral carry clip, the Solo attaches securely to any belt, strap or webbing. Premium roof prism and fully multi-coated glass surfaces deliver bright images in a compact, lightweight, and easy-to-handle unit. Optical Features Fully Multi-Coated Lenses Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces. Construction Features Rubber Armor Provides a secure, non-slip grip, and durable external protection. Adjustable Eyecup Twists up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses. Waterproof Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the monocular. Fogproof Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging. Fully Multi-Coated Lenses. Rubber Armor Construction. Adjustable Eyecup. Waterproof and Fogproof.
Top Customer Reviews
The Solo is extremely ruggedized (tho lacks an objective lens cover) and has a solid feel (not to mention some weight to it). The optics are not adjustable but provide a very clear viewing field. Carrying case is somewhat open to the elements (as mentioned by other reviewers) but aside from possibly exposing the glass portions to scratches from dirt, etc. its not that big of an issue and has a decent belt loop/snap to carry it by. Additionally the Solo has a heavy duty removable metallic clip (that probably accounts for 30% of the product weight!).
Overall this is a quality optic, especially for the price. I would prefer a little smaller and lighter but havent seen anything of similar quality/affordability on the market that would meet this requirement.
1. The rubber eye piece came off in the first day of gentle (house and porch) use.
2. The case is a poorly made Chinese koozie rather than the any kind of durable one (contrary to the instruction manual even, which showed a nice carrying case).
The cons are enough for me to wish to return this item and avoid further purchases from Vortex.
Things that are almost cons: a) no eye piece cover (which became a bigger deal because of the poor case) and b) no long distance focusing.
Great quality of view. I mean great.
Again I really wanted to like this but when it is falls apart in your house, with gentle use, then enough said.
UPDATE: Day two, the focusing wheel stopped working. It now requires excessive force to turn.
UPDATE: Fixed the above issues with a little know how. High quality viewer but problems as well.
Don't get me wrong, the optics are clean and clear and I would buy another one of these if I ever lost this one. Construction is excellent. It's heavier than it looks in the pictures (hint: read the specs before you buy) it comes in at under a pound, but not by much.
The only negative is that the included carry case has open sides and there are no lens caps. Not really a big deal considering that when using a mono in the field you're going to wear it around your neck or clip it to your belt for quick access - which means that lens caps would just get in the way during real-life use.
Yeah, I'm happy with the performance - for $110, I'm really happy with the performance.
Bottom line: Solid build, clear optics, easy to use, excellent design. If you have $100 to spend on a monocular, take a serious look at the Vortex 10x32.
EDIT : I returned this product and instead ordered the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42mm Monocular. That Bushnell Monocular has an image that is slightly sharper than the DiamondBack 10x42's and a tiny amount brighter in low light as well. It ALSO has a Belt Clip and flip-down Objective piece cover and Tethered eye-piece cover! AND... has a built-in picatinny rail thing on the bottom which also has a Tripod mount in the middle of that small rail! AND... you can focus it with one hand ;)
I'll start by saying mine is not going anywhere and I carry/use it as needed. I'm also comparing to a slightly more expensive Bushnell Legend 10x42 monocular so there is that.
The bad (Or at least things that are not optimized!):
1. No lense caps!
2. Lense cap sold separately doesn't really fit.
3. Not as crisp as Bushnell in side by side. 10x42 vs. 10x36 but still should be crisp and it's not!
4. Two hands to operate! Ok you can monkey around with one hand, but really two hand to be quick and efficient!
1. Seems well made.
2. Slightly smaller/lighter than Bushnell.
3. Is very usable!
4. I generally like Vortex products and have several!
None of these are fatal flaws, but side by side I'm likely to grab the Bushnell!