Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Atlas Optics Intrepid ED 8x42

The gang here at Eagle Optics rolled out the red carpet recently for a shipment of this binocular which had been out of stock for awhile. Why the celebrity treatment, you may ask? Quite simply, we have long known this bin can Stand and Deliver. It is our customers, though, whose feedback about its performance has elevated the Intrepid ED to celebrity status.

Aptly named in every sense, the Intrepid's True Grit begins with its magnesium alloy body and solid construction features. The rubber armoring ensures a non-slip grip in the field; but if a drop in the drink should occur, our star retains its composure with waterproofing and fogproofing. Its amazing optics have garnered raves for clarity, color, and brightness of image . These features, combined with an exceptionally wide field of view, promote this bino to a class much higher than its price reflects.

I'm a big fan of the open-hinge design of the Intrepid ED. Its resolute stature, though slightly heavier (26.6 oz.) than a standard roof prism, still felt comfortable and well-balanced in the hand . The twist-up eye cups with click stops stay where they are directed and there is plenty of eye relief, giving the nod to eyeglass wearers.

The Atlas Intrepid ED is truly a rising star with moxie that will stand up to the big guys. Backed by the best warranty in the industry and a price that can't be beat, this binocular is an all-around winner.

-Nina Cheney
Eagle Optics Staff

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