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MSRP: $1279.99
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Razor HD 8x42 is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12.
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Razor® HD 8x42 Roof Prism Binocular

Extreme terrain. Unimaginable conditions. Both test your mettle—and your optics. With a well-earned reputation for pushing the limits of optical performance, the Razor HDs step up and out on other binoculars in their class. Small, light, bright, strong, and packed with the best quality, hand-selected prisms and premium HD extra-low dispersion glass available today. Nothing else comes close.




VIP Warranty HD Premium APO XRPlus Coatings ArmorTek Argon Purged Waterproof
Magnification8 x
Objective Lens Diameter42 mm
Eye Relief17.5 mm
Exit Pupil5.3 mm
Linear Field of View388 feet/1000 yards
Angular Field of View7.4 degrees
Close Focus6 feet
Interpupillary Distance55-75 mm
Height5.9 inches
Width5.1 inches
Weight24.2 ounces
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Included in the Box
  • Rainguard Eyepiece Cover
  • Tethered objective lens covers
  • Comfort neck strap
  • Deluxe padded carry case

Optical Features

APO System Apochromatic optical system combines with HD glass to provide unmatched color sharpness.
HD Lens Elements Premium HD (High Density) extra-low dispersion glass delivers the ultimate in resolution and color fidelity, resulting in High Definition images.
XR™Plus Fully Multi-Coated Premium proprietary coatings deliver the highest level of light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces for maximum brightness.
Dielectric Prism Coatings Multi-layer prism coatings provide bright, clear, color-accurate images.
Plasma Tech Cutting edge application process provides unparalleled coating durability and performance.
Phase Correction Coating on roof prism models enhances resolution and contrast.

Construction Features

Roof Prism Valued for greater durability and a more compact size.
True Open Hinge Offers superior ergonomics while decreasing total weight and bulk.
Magnesium Chassis Decreases weight and increases strength.
Waterproof O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating the binocular for reliable performance in all environments.
Fogproof Argon gas purging prevents internal fogging over a wide range of temperatures.
ArmorTek Ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating protects exterior lenses from scratches, oil and dirt.
Rubber Armor Provides a secure, non-slip grip, and durable external protection.

Convenience Features

Multi-Position Eyecups Twist up and down to precise, intermediate settings to maximize custom fit for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Center Focus Wheel Adjusts the focus of both binocular barrels at the same time.
Locking Diopter Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located on right eyepiece.
Tripod Adaptable Compatible with a tripod adapter, allowing use on a tripod or car window mount.
Magnification8 x
Objective Lens Diameter42 mm
Eye Relief17.5 mm
Exit Pupil5.3 mm
Linear Field of View388 feet/1000 yards
Angular Field of View7.4 degrees
Close Focus6 feet
Interpupillary Distance55-75 mm
Height5.9 inches
Width5.1 inches
Weight24.2 ounces
Product Manual (PDF)Download
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best money I spent in preparation for my first Elk Hunt I knew I needed to invest in good boots, a good pack, and an excellent set of binos. I went to stores and tried several different brands of binoculars. I researched for days and days learning about binocular technology that I probably don't need to know. After all the time I spent I settled on the Razor HD 8x42 for the type of hunting I would be doing. The quality, warranty/customer service, and price were the factors that helped me decide. I haven't once regretted my decision.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alpha glass without the premium! I upgraded to these 'nockers after using various models in the lower pricepoints for a few years to figure out the magnification and objective lens size that worked best for me. Once I figured out what I liked best, I decided to leapfrog the vipers and step up into the "alpha" glass category. It was the best decision I have ever made. I strongly considered Swarovski and Leica as well which can be argued as to being better. However, the people that make those arguments are usually using too high of a magnification with too small of an objective lens. For me, I can see just as much out of my 8x42 razors at any time of day as I can when looking through any of the other alpha glass offerings. Any benefits that users of more expensive glass may preach seem to be "placebo effects" of the higher price tag. I walked into my local Cabelas planning on purchasing a pair of Swarovski EL binos. After testing the Swaros, Leicas and Razors at dusk, I ended walked out with a 65mm Razor HD spotting scope and 8x42 Razor HD binos for the same price of just the Swarovski bino. For me, after testing them side by side, the decision was simple
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Beat Them! The clarity and durability is unmatched! Many trips through the african bush were no match for these binos!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My go to Birding Binocular The 8x42 Vortex Razor HD binoculars are amazing for birding and hunting! Awesome IQ, fast focusing, great ergonomics, excellent low light performance... and I could keep going. They are also tough, fog & waterproof and will take anything you throw at them! Not even to mention Vortex Optics amazing VIP warranty! You cant beat the price with the options Vortex offers!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent binocs. Advertised as rubber-armored, but not. The Construction Features tab indicates that these are rubber armored. They are not, which was a disappointment upon opening the package, and even more so when using them in below freezing temps. The focus wheel is more sensitive than I'm used to (EO Rangers, Minox), but I can get used to that. The clarity is fantastic. Solid build and feel.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Minnesota to Alaska use I have used the Razor hunting in South Dakota, Minnesota and mountains of Alaska. They have work flawless for me. I love the ergonomic design and light weight. I decided on the 8 power over more magnification for a more stable image and better low light quality. I think they are a great a around bino and have fit all my needs.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from only buy vortex!!! exceptional ergos and lightweight. used on couple caribou and my blackbear hunt. even in lowlight could spot critters from a long distance. left over night in a drysack and still performed flawlessly after being frozen for hours. vortex customer service is by the far best!!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Glass! These 8x42's have a clear crisp image at distance. I have been able to counts tines on both deer and elk. I tried the 10x42 and for my eyes felt the 8x42 were much easier on my eyes when glassine for long periods.
Date published: 2017-06-15
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Any plans for additional body colors such as grey or black?

Asked by: Birdman
I am not aware of any plans to make them in another color at this time.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-10-12

My old Vortex Razor HD bino's were made in Japan, how comes my replacement ones are made in China?

Asked by: SiG76
We have transitioned the Razor HD production to a facility in China to increase the number of units we can have produced. They will be held to the same quality standards, and you should not see any difference in performance.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-10-23

I noticed that you came out with the Fury HD Rangefinding Binoculars. Is the Fury HD glass the same tier as the Razor HD glass? More importantly, will you be releasing a Razor HD range model in 8x42mm?
Asked by: Connor
The Fury HD is optically similar to our Viper HD binoculars and I am not aware of any plans for a 8x42 version at this time.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-06-15

What is the light transmission % for the razor HD binocs? I am looking at the 8x42
Asked by: B
We do not publish light transmission specs for those simply because there is no set industry standard or method for figuring it out. All companies have a different way of determining those so it's like comparing apples to oranges.
Answered by: Jon from Sales
Date published: 2017-06-23
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best money I spent in preparation for my first Elk Hunt I knew I needed to invest in good boots, a good pack, and an excellent set of binos. I went to stores and tried several different brands of binoculars. I researched for days and days learning about binocular technology that I probably don't need to know. After all the time I spent I settled on the Razor HD 8x42 for the type of hunting I would be doing. The quality, warranty/customer service, and price were the factors that helped me decide. I haven't once regretted my decision.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My go to Birding Binocular The 8x42 Vortex Razor HD binoculars are amazing for birding and hunting! Awesome IQ, fast focusing, great ergonomics, excellent low light performance... and I could keep going. They are also tough, fog & waterproof and will take anything you throw at them! Not even to mention Vortex Optics amazing VIP warranty! You cant beat the price with the options Vortex offers!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent binocs. Advertised as rubber-armored, but not. The Construction Features tab indicates that these are rubber armored. They are not, which was a disappointment upon opening the package, and even more so when using them in below freezing temps. The focus wheel is more sensitive than I'm used to (EO Rangers, Minox), but I can get used to that. The clarity is fantastic. Solid build and feel.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Minnesota to Alaska use I have used the Razor hunting in South Dakota, Minnesota and mountains of Alaska. They have work flawless for me. I love the ergonomic design and light weight. I decided on the 8 power over more magnification for a more stable image and better low light quality. I think they are a great a around bino and have fit all my needs.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from only buy vortex!!! exceptional ergos and lightweight. used on couple caribou and my blackbear hunt. even in lowlight could spot critters from a long distance. left over night in a drysack and still performed flawlessly after being frozen for hours. vortex customer service is by the far best!!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Glass! These 8x42's have a clear crisp image at distance. I have been able to counts tines on both deer and elk. I tried the 10x42 and for my eyes felt the 8x42 were much easier on my eyes when glassine for long periods.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent ! These bino's are excellent in low light and transmit a clear image. They are light weight and easy to pack into the back country. The field of view is ecellent and clear throughout the whole view.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alpha glass without the premium! I upgraded to these 'nockers after using various models in the lower pricepoints for a few years to figure out the magnification and objective lens size that worked best for me. Once I figured out what I liked best, I decided to leapfrog the vipers and step up into the "alpha" glass category. It was the best decision I have ever made. I strongly considered Swarovski and Leica as well which can be argued as to being better. However, the people that make those arguments are usually using too high of a magnification with too small of an objective lens. For me, I can see just as much out of my 8x42 razors at any time of day as I can when looking through any of the other alpha glass offerings. Any benefits that users of more expensive glass may preach seem to be "placebo effects" of the higher price tag. I walked into my local Cabelas planning on purchasing a pair of Swarovski EL binos. After testing the Swaros, Leicas and Razors at dusk, I ended walked out with a 65mm Razor HD spotting scope and 8x42 Razor HD binos for the same price of just the Swarovski bino. For me, after testing them side by side, the decision was simple
Date published: 2017-06-07
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