Vanguard Endeavor ED 1045 Binocular Review

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Previously we have favorably reviewed Vanguard's Spirit 1042 binoculars. The Spirit is Vanguard's mid-range offering, while the Endeavor ED is their top of the line offering. Vanguard is better known in the photography accessory market, but with the Endeavor ED series of binoculars they are making a strong push into the hunting and outdoor optics market.

Our review model weighs in at 26.8 ounces and has a magnification of 10.5 with an objective lens size of 45mm. While the weight is on par with other models on the market (and probably as light as you want to go in a 10 power bino anyway) the slight objective and magnification increase is a nice bonus. Most mid-sized hunting binos are offered in a 10x42, 8x42, or 12x42 model with little variation other than going to perhaps a 50mm or 32mm objective.


Vanguard Endeavor ED 1045 Binocular

As we noted in the Spirit review, Vanguard does a good job with rubberizing the exterior of the binoculars. The Endeavor ED is comfortable to hold and the rubber coating extends around the objective lens to offer some protection in the event of an accidental drop.

Rotating eyecups are standard on nearly all binocular models these days. However the Endeavor ED takes it a bit further by offering three noticeable "notched" positions when rotating the eyecups outward. This eliminates some of the guesswork if you like your eyecups set a certain height.

This is a sequence showing the three eyecup notch heights.

The Endeavor ED also has a locking diopter. This seems like a minor feature unless you find yourself regularly lending your binos to others in your hunting group. Being able to quickly return the diopter to a known good setting for your eyes and then lock it in is a simple but handy feature.


Side view of the Locking Diopter.

The Endeavor is broken into two groups, the standard Endeavor and the Endeavor ED. Only the ED model uses extra-low dispersion (ED) glass. Previous readers might remember that we covered ED glass in the course of reviewing the Nikon Monarch line of rifle scopes.

ED glass homogenizes the bending of light by wavelength. For example, with ED glass the color red gets bent at the same (or nearly the same) angle as the color blue or any other color in the visible spectrum. This optical trick results in a sharper image with more contrast. Our review model was sharper, brighter, and seemed to offer better color reproduction than a similar model in 10x42mm without ED glass.

Like the Spirit binoculars, Vanguard offers a limited lifetime warranty on the Endeavor ED line. Our review model had no defects so we were not able to test the warranty.

The only downside to the Endeavor ED seems to be the lack of attached objective lens covers. The Endeavor ED ships with a carrying case, bino strap, eye and objective lens covers. However the objective lens covers do not attach to the main body of the binoculars, which is unfortunate, since if they are not attached they easily get lost.


The Endeavor ED includes eye and objective lens covers. Unfortunately the objective lens
covers do not permanently attach to the body of the binoculars.

In conclusion, for those that appreciate contrast and sharpness of the image, the ED glass offers clear advantages over non-ED models. Combine the sharp image quality with good ergonomics, three position rotating eyecups, and a locking diopter makes the Endeavor ED a solid buy at the street price of $399.

For more information about the Vanguard Endeavor ED binocular, please visit the Vanguard web site.

Comments

swisheroutdoors's picture

See the Light

I've known for years I need better optics then the old small compact pair I carry with me all the time.  1st time I decided it was a must have was two years ago hunting with my son.  I shot a button buck thinking it was a doe.  I still get ill thinking about it.  I looked at this month’s contest and see Vangaurd equipment everywhere.  So I thought I would search and read up on some optics reviews.  After reading this review and all the comments I really need a decent pair of optics for sure.  These are affordable and just what I need.  I also like the locking feature.  Every time I pull my binos out I'm focusing them in and out.  Would love to have the locked in and adjust if needed.  Think I'll put these on the Christmas list for dad this year.  I have enough wool socks already. haha.

hunter25's picture

After reading the reviews

After reading the reviews these sound like really good binoculars, especially for the price with the ED lenses. Until now I had never even heard of the Vanguard line of binoculars. They are right in the price range I usually pay but seem to have a lot more features for the money.

I don't need another pair right now but these will definately be on my list to check out when it's time to go shopping again.

Thanks for the great review.

groovy mike's picture

Nice!

Thanks for the review and the opportunity to dream!

These sound like a great product. I’m really hoping that I get the opportunity to check out a pair in person. Besides planning a mule deer hunt in the wide open sage brush country of eastern Washington state (where these binoculars would prove mighty handy), I have begun to develop an interest in bird watching. A couple of friends of mine have recently introduced me to birding and a good set of binoculars is an essential tool to take afield wheen birding.

I really appreciate the opportunity that Vanguard and BGH has given us to compete in the hope of bringing home some of these fine products.

ecubackpacker's picture

That favorable review makes

That favorable review makes me want a pair of these binos for myself. Too bad I won't be able to accumulate enough points to win a pair. Oh well.....

A couple of points about these binos that will make for a better viewing experience besides the ED glass are the notched, rotating eyecups and locking diopter. I have a pair of Minox binos that have the notched, rotating. It makes it easier to get the eyecups to the exact position where they are the most comfortable viewing game. I like the second notch and can take the binos out of the pack in the pre-dawn darkness and adjust to that notch without having to visually see the distance the eyecups are extended. It sure makes for quick and easy adjustment.

The second point is the locking diopter to keep the binos in focus. This has to be a big help because my Minox binos don't have this feature and I'm constantly adjusting the diopter to get the binos in focus when I first take them out of my pack. So I really like the idea of locking the diopter for this purpose.

I agree with the drawback of not having attached lens covers because my Minox binos don't have them attached either. I lost my covers within the first month of having my binos, so having them attached would be a big step in protecting the glass.

Maybe whoever wins the binos in the contest will come here to give their review.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Yes, those do look like solid

Yes, those do look like solid binos.  It will be nice with this December round of prizes to see what the reviews are for the Vanguard line of items. It was a great idea for them to step up, as it should get their product into the hands of more hunters, who will hopefully give some good reviews.

numbnutz's picture

Very nice looking binos, I

Very nice looking binos, I could use a new good pair as my bushnells are getting old and they are cheap,but they worked. good review, thank you

jaybe's picture

Great Review!

That is a great review, and I appreciate being able to find out about another option for when I take the plunge and purchase a new pair for myself.

  I have been doing a lot of research on binos in preparation for an out west hunt next year, but hadn't seen this fine line of binoculars.

  Thanks again for the good information on here.

  I will definitely add the Vanguard line to my list of possibilities.

 

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