Polaris Optics Wideviews HD Professional Birdwatching Binoculars Review
- DIMENSIONS: 8.2 X 7.4 X 3.8 INCHES
- WEIGHT: 2.2 POUNDS
- SHIPPING WEIGHT: 2.25 POUNDS
- MANUFACTURER: POLARIS
- MODEL: PWV-84201
- FIELD OF VIEW: 430 FEET
- EXIT PUPIL DIAMETER: 5.2
- OBJECTIVE LENS DIAMETER: 42 MM
- EXIT RELIEF: 15MM
- LENS COATING: FULLY MULTI-COATED
- CLOSE FOCUSING DISTANCE: 2.5M
- EYE CUP: TWIST-UP
- MAGNIFICATION: 8X
- PRISM TYPE: BAK-4, ROOF
- LENS COATING: FULLY MULTI-COATED
- FIELD OF VIEW: 430FT/1000 YDS
- CLOSE FOCUSING DISTANCE: 2M
- SUITABLE FOR: BIRD WATCHING, HUNTING, FISHING
- WARRANTY: LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY ALSO 30 DAYS MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
- ADDITIONAL FEATURES: WATERPROOF AND FOGPROOF
- ADJUSTABLE FOR: EYEGLASS WEARERS
- EXTRAS: NECK STRAP, CARRYING CASE, LENS COVERS, EYEPIECE COVERS, CLEANING CLOTH
- OUR RATING: 4.9 STARS OUT OF FIVE
- PRICE GUIDE: $139.99+
WHAT ARE THE BEST WIDE VIEW BIRDWATCHING BINOCULARS TO TAKE TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER? (ANSWER – IT COULD BE THESE)
So maybe you’re just getting started with your birding adventure, or perhaps you’re a seasoned pro. You have reams and reams of birds to cross off your checklist of breeds to see at the beach – or by the lakes. The good thing about birding is, anyone can do it, with next to no experience or expensive equipment.
Plenty of times, you might do just fine with your naked eye, but ultimately, unless you are superman/woman, you will probably want something to enhance your view of your feathered companions. This is when a trusty pair of binoculars comes in handy.
Ah, but which ones are the best birdwatching binoculars out there? Because not all binoculars are created equal, obviously. There are cheaper sets out there than these Polaris Optics, but the general consensus is, that they (the competitors) won’t be as sharp and easy to use as these babies.
You can also spend a heck of a lot more than the $140 asking price, that the Polaris Optics typically sell for. The reason Beach Baby has picked these out from the crowd for closer inspection, is because they are renowned as a quality product, that punch above their $140 price tag.
SO WHAT HAVE WE HERE THEN?
Compact, sleek and portable, these Polaris Optics Wideviews are a high performing, but not overly heavy, pair of binoculars that are stylish as well as practical.
When you are looking for a pair of birding binoculars you want to be able to focus on your target quickly, and do so while moving. These smart Polaris Optics can offer the ability to train your sights on your target pretty damned quickly, without breaking the bank, or for that matter, giving you whiplash from wearing them around your neck.
So, what else does a birder want from their binoculars? Well, it would be nice if they didn’t mist up every five seconds, especially since bird watching is often associated with wetlands and well…being wet.
Water-proof / Fog-proof
By choosing Polaris, you are in luck, because these are waterproof and fog proof – as much as they can be anyway. So if you are standing in a swamp at dawn in heavy cloud, and finally, the lesser spotted wobblyboo swoops into view, you can still steal a glimpse of it before it shits on your head.
Are they as good as they claim? Well, even just from looking at what customers have to say about them online, the consensus so far is that yes, they are that good. These are highly effective in low light, and offer a top notch magnification and sharpness of view.
You also don’t have to take your eyes off the wider view, so you can watch entire flocks up close and with high definition.
In terms of durability, these come with a limited lifetime guarantee, the manufacturers are so confident that they will ‘go’ the distance. If looked after properly,hey should be an investment for many years, even decades, to come.
WHAT ELSE DO WE LIKE ABOUT THESE BINOCULARS?
One of the things that comes up frequently with regard to binoculars in general, is that glasses wearers find them uncomfortable and difficult to use.
The Polaris Optics Wideviews are designed to give a wide angled view and have twist up eye cups. A lot of people who wear glasses have found other binoculars too difficult to wear or use, and have reported that these are a lot more wearable.
They are easily configured for each person’s individual vision needs, although this could mean if you pass them to another person, they may not necessarily be able to see clearly through them, without readjustment.
As mentioned previously, if you are standing in a downpour watching geese, or being coated in sea spray chasing an osprey, these will adjust fine, due to the nitrogen filled safeguards.
Similarly, bright or glaring sunlight will not spoil your view either, so they are perfect regardless of the weather.
They won’t slip from your hands too readily, either, as they are designed to be gripped easily with their rubber coating.
WHAT DO PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THESE BINOCULARS?
These are nice and light, easy to carry and wear. They are quick to adjust, and eyeglasses wearers rave about them.
Good in bad weather and bright light, these are a quality product that don’t come with a hefty price tag.
Most customers are highly satisfied with these, and pretty much all the Amazon feedback is four or five stars – with 88% at five stars. The Polaris Optics Wideview binoculars have one of the highest ratings we have seen on a product, at the time of this writing.
The service received by anyone who has contacted Polaris customer support team seems to be positive, and overall it seems like this is a quality product that, while not the cheapest, is definitely worth the money.
…SO IS THERE ANYTHING WE DON’T LIKE ABOUT THESE BINOCULARS?
In all honesty, no! Beach Baby is hard pressed to find any real fault with these, no matter how small. With their all weather application, these are some of the best wide angle birding binoculars we have found in this price range. You COULD spend a lot more for quality like this.
Of course, you do not have to use them only for bird watching. You might want to use them for hunting, fishing or concert going. You might even like them to spy on the neighbours. Whatever purpose you have in mind, you won’t be disappointed!