Vortex Viper vs Razor-8×42,10×42 Binoculars Model Comparison
If you are looking for a comparison between Vortex Viper Vs Razor binoculars, you have landed at the right page.
Vortex Optics has quite a wide range of binoculars. These binoculars are branded as Razor, Viper, Vulture, Vanquish, Crossfire, Diamondback, Kaibab, Fury, and many more.
Within each product line of these binoculars, there are several models with different specifications. The choices offered are mind-boggling.
To find the one best suited for you, you will need to shortlist a few binocular ranges according to your requirements and budget.
We have compared the HD models of the Viper and Razor binoculars with 8X42 and 10X42 optical features.
Vortex Viper Vs Razor-8×42 & 10×42 Comparison Table
Vortex Viper Vs Razor-Detailed Comparison Based on Features
Both Viper and Razor are a very popular line of binoculars. The Razor line is more expensive as it has a premium quality optical element.
Both models in the respective line share the same build quality and construction.
Both Viper binoculars reviewed here look the same, as they have similar dimensions and sizes. The same is the case with Razor binoculars.
The Viper binoculars have a height of 5.6 inches and a width of 4.9 inches. The corresponding figures for Razor binoculars are 5.9 inches and 5.1 inches.
Within their line, the Viper and the Razor binoculars differ only in the optical specification, that is, the magnification.
Build Quality & Construction
Vortex Optics Viper HD Roof Prism Binoculars 8X42 Model (V200) and Vortex Optics Viper HD Roof Prism Binoculars 10X42 Model (V201):
Both these models of Viper binoculars are high-end, full-length binoculars that are light and portable which makes it suitable for being carried around during hunting.
The lenses are coated with XR anti-reflective coating so that minimizes the loss of light and results in brighter, sharp images even in low-light like early morning and evening.
The ArmorTek coating on the exterior lenses protects them against scratches and dust.
The body is covered in a protective rubber armor that makes for a non-slippery firm grip. There are ergonomically placed thumb indents to make gripping easier.
The center focus wheel which helps change focus works easy and smooth.
Twist-up eyecups are comfortable when in contact with the face. There is a right-eye diopter adjustment to match the visual acuity for both eyes.
Argon purging of the barrels and O-ring seals make the binocular fog-proof and water-proof. The package includes a Comfort neck strap and Glass Pak Chest Harness to carry the binoculars easily, safely and comfortably.
Razor HD 8×42 Roof Prism Binoculars (Model RZB-2101) and Razor HD 10×42 Roof Prism Binoculars (Model RZB-2102):
The Razor HD lines of binoculars have all the features of the Viper models. Besides, they have premium quality hand-selected prisms and premium HD extra-low dispersion glass lenses.
These make for a high-definition image of high resolution and renders true colors. The high-quality anti-reflective coating with plasma tech application on the lenses ensures bright images even during low-light conditions like during dawn, dusk or cloudy weather. A Comfort neck strap and Deluxe padded carry case are included in the package
The Razor binoculars have the following advantages over the Viper binoculars:
→They have “true open hinge” design which means there is more space on the barrels to hold the binoculars. This also helps when you carry the binoculars while gripping them.
→ The Razor binoculars have a magnesium alloy body which makes them strong and durable while keeping everything lightweight.
→The optical elements used are the state of the art which provides unmatched clarity. The Apochromatic (APO) System Index in the lenses renders correct colors across the entire visual spectrum.
These special features and elements make the Razor range much more premium and therefore more expensive.
Image Clarity/Optical Performance
The optical specifications and performance separate the various models in the Viper and Razor lines of binoculars. All four binoculars have a 42 mm diameter objective lens.
The Vortex Viper 8×42 and Razor 8×42 have a magnification of 8X, whereas the Viper 10×42 and Razor 10×42 have a magnification of 10X. Besides these, the other optical parameters are given in the table below:
You will notice that 10x binoculars have a narrower field of view and than an 8x binocular. This is because they give a greater magnification for the same distance.
The Viper has a little bit more blurring towards the edges than the Razor Series binoculars. However, the image is clear and crisp at the center of the field of view for both the binoculars. In the Viper series, you will also find a bit more purple fringing than the Razors.
Chromatic aberration is minimal in both the Vipers and razors and is negligible.
Both the binoculars perform well in low light conditions such as at dawn and dusk, while Razor has slightly an edge over the vipers when you want to see the detail in low light conditions.
The Viper is a brighter glass than the Razor. Not much, but brighter. The Razor has somewhat better distance resolution than the Viper.
Overall, Razor Models provides sharper images across the field with better color and a significantly better depth of field.
The HD lenses used in Viper and Razor Binoculars are made of extra-low dispersion (XD) glass which produces high-definition images of great resolution and color accuracy.
Both Viper and Razor have Fully Multi-Coated XR proprietary coatings that allow more light transmission and the multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces minimize loss of light by reflection.
Also, The Dielectric Coated Multi-layer prism renders bright and clear images with high color fidelity in both the binocular models. The roof prisms are made of BaK-4 glass and also get Phase Correction coating for better resolution and high-contrast.
In addition, the Razor series of binoculars have Plasma Tech Cutting edge coating application for enhanced performance and durability.
Both the Viper and Razor series of binoculars are quite lightweight and easy to carry around all day while hunting or bird-watching.
The noticeable difference between the two is that the Razors are bigger, both in dimension and weight. This may well translate into greater ease in use for handheld astronomy
Here’s the weight comparison chart:
I like the viper as I am a bit price-conscious consumer and also liked the fact Viper is smaller and lighter than the Razor.
The Viper is priced mid-range, while the Razors are priced at around $1000. If your budget allows and you want the ultimate quality optics, you can go for a Razor too without hesitation.
Comparison Based On Uses: Vortex Viper Vs Razor
The hunting binoculars should be lightweight and portable, so you can carry them all day. The Razor series has an “open-hinge” design which means you can easily grip them from the barrels and carry around.
Overall, If you want the best optical performance Vortex Razor series is the best to go for.
b. Bird Watching & Wildlife Viewing
All these binoculars have a close focus in the range 6-6.5 feet which makes them ideal for bird watching.
Both the Models are at a tie considering birding activities.
Both Viper HD and Razor HD binoculars offer top-end quality optics. These are ideal for hunters, shooters, bird watchers, wildlife and sports enthusiast.
While the Viper range offers premium features without a premium price, the razor range offers state-of-the-art optical elements ensuring stunning high resolution, bright and clear image, and color fidelity. These are the lightest, most compact, full-size binoculars. As a testimony to their quality, these binoculars come with a lifetime warranty.
Last update on 2020-06-02