Pros: Superb image quality and premium build quality deliver excellent all-around performance. Contemporary design looks great, is ergonomic, lightweight and a delight to carry and use for extended periods in the field. Top notch accessories complete the package.
Cons: Minor observations rather than real “cons” — lack of thumb indents feels a little strange if you’re used to them, but soon becomes a non-issue, and doesn’t affect the handling of the binocular. In some lights, there appears to be a reflective “halo” around the periphery of the field of view. While it doesn’t impact the quality of the overall image, it can be a little distracting at times.
Price: EU RRP c. €409 — shop around for deals online, or click the “Buy Product” button above to buy direct from Amazon.co.uk
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Rating: Highly Recommended
Hawke seems to be focusing its attention on a specific sector of the optics market, and on delivering the very best performance and value at a particular price point. To that end their former flagship Sapphire line has been dropped from the range, leaving the new Frontier EDX as its successor. The design, finish, ergonomics and performance of this binocular are all top-drawer, yet somehow Hawke has managed to deliver it all at a comparatively affordable price point. It’s certainly worth a look if you’re shopping for a serious birding and wildlife binocular that doesn’t compromise on quality, but that won’t break the bank either.
Check out the full specs and information on the Hawke Frontier EDX on the Hawke UK website.