Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42: Alternative for Diamondback?

Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10x42 review
Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42 review

The Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42 is the lower tier option of Vortex Optics. It is usually considered as an alternative for the Diamondback because of the lower price. In this article, we discuss even if it is just an alternative, is it worth, outperform and overhyped compared to the price tag.

Review of Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42:

Basic specs


Magnification  10x
Objective lens diameter  42 mm
Field of view (linear) 325 feet
Angular field of view 6.2 degrees
Close focus distance 6 feet
Dimension (H*W) 6*5.2 (inches)
Weight 23 oz
Eye relief 15 mm
Glass type HD
Lens cover Fully Multicoated
Prism  Roof
Outer cover Rubber
Waterproof Yes
Tripod adaptable Yes 
Price Around $150
vortex crossfire binoculars 10x42 product view
vortex crossfire binoculars 10×42 product view

At first glance, the Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42 is produced with the standard design of Vortex Optics. For the sake of transparency, all the data we mentioned above were extracted from Vortex official website.

Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42 – The good

Optics quality

The Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42 is produced with standard offerings from Vortex: BAK-4 roof prism and fully multicoated lens. Like other binoculars from Vortex, this ensures more than enough brightness delivered during normal conditions. 

The image is presented in a sharp and clean field of view as well. Apparently, this is the most basic requirement of any binoculars and this Vortex has served well. Well, we can guest it initially by the ED glass.

  • For this feature, we rate 9/10

Image quality

vortex crossfire binoculars 10x42 deer watching image quality
vortex crossfire binoculars 10×42 deer watching image quality

We expected this to have a good image quality as it is an alternative for the Vortex Diamondback, which is famous with hunters. So, we tried watching animals with these Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42.

Deers observations were a pleased experience. The contrast is enough to well distinguish the brown animal and the yellow-green leaves. We couldn’t find a spotted deer to truly test the resolution, however, images of the landscape were presented in rich resolution. 

Views at the center were absolutely sharp for sure. On the other hand, color rendering was vibrant and natural enough. Moreover, all of those good features come with sharp focus ability.

  • For this feature, we rate 8.5/10

Low-light performance

vortex crossfire binoculars 10x42 sunset view low light performance
vortex crossfire binoculars 10×42 sunset view low light performance

Tests for this pair of binoculars in dim light conditions gave promising results. The resolution won’t remain the same for sure, but overall, the brightness captured allow you to keep track of animals in the wild for decent manners.

  • For this feature, we rate 8/10

Compactness and construction

The Vortex Crossfire HD is one of the lightest 10×42 binoculars in the market (with 23 oz only). Plus, it feels very handy but tough in the palm. Even for birding, with a long duration of high holding hand action, you still will find it comfortable. 

Outer cover is never a problem with Vortex Optics at all. The rubber cover is thick, textured and waterproof to have a good durability.

  • For this feature, we rate 8.5/10


Having tried these Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42 for both daylight and night sky conditions, they both perform well. Specifically, we tried stargazing with this Vortex, watching regular stars were nice. The light gathering and resolution for the stars are decent enough to enjoy. However, we still don’t think this is a specialized nightlife binoculars, occasional use would be better.

  • For this feature, we rate 8.5/10

Close focus distance

There is not much to talk about it, 6 feet for close focus distance is good enough.

  • For this feature, we rate 8.5/10

Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42 – Neutral factors

We are very impressed with the angular field of view, however, not up to annoyance level.

  • For this feature, we rate 7/10

Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42 – The considerations

  • Flimsy lens cover: Of course, this is the cons for most low tier or even mid tier options. But it’s worth mentioning.
  • Diopter adjustment: Although the image of sharp focus status is fast, we feel that modifying diopter adjustment action is not that smooth.

Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42 vs Vortex Diamondback 10×42

FYI, we already had a thorough review of the Vortex Diamondback 8×42 right over here. Click if you want to have a more in-depth comparison.

Comparison Points

Field of view Vortex Diamondback 10×42 8
Vortex Crossfire HD 10×42 7
Durability Vortex Diamondback 10×42 9.5
Vortex Crossfire HD 10×42 9
Compactness Vortex Diamondback 10×42 9.5
Vortex Crossfire HD 10×42 8.5
Optics Vortex Diamondback 10×42 9
Vortex Crossfire HD 10×42 9
Image quality Vortex Diamondback 10×42 9
Vortex Crossfire HD 10×42 8.5
Low-light performance Vortex Diamondback 10×42 9
Vortex Crossfire HD 10×42 8

Explanations for comparison

The field of view figures speak for the marks already, 330 feet of Diamondback is slightly better. They all are strong enough to endure sudden shock and textured to avoid slipping, however, Diamondback is argon purging, so it wins. For compactness, the Crossfire 10×42 HD is heavier for sure and a tiny bit larger.

For optics, we might be wrong but we hardly see any differences, they are all great. Image quality while, is also tough to define the result. However, the Vortex Diamondback 10×42 provides better image sharpness at the edge, so it’s a close win.

In terms of low-light performance, although the Crossfire provides good performance, we still feel a clear superiority from the Diamondback.

Which should you choose?

vortex diamondback 10x42
vortex diamondback 10×42

Well, the answer is depending on your financial comfort. The Vortex Diamondback 10×42 is $100-$150 more expensive, not too pricey but worth considering.

The clearest gaps are the lightweightness and low-light performance. The Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42 proved good performances on those criteria for sure. Nonetheless, that’s where the price speaks for difference. Apparently, those differences are enough to consider whether you would want to pay more to enjoy even more.

But in general, you can totally feel comfortable with the lower tier option if you can’t reach the more expensive one.

Vortex Crossfire binoculars 10×42 – The verdict

After all, it’s not so well-credited in the Vortex Optics line up. However, we are sure that you wouldn’t be disappointed with this Vortex, at least when comparing price vs value.

If you want more comparison, we recommend checking the review of Bushnell Legend L-Series 10×42 over here. The Celestron Trailseeker 10×42 is also a very close competitor, though we only have the review of 8×42 version over here.

Last but not least, should you have any comment, feel free to leave below.