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Viking Peregrine ED 8x42 - One of the lightest 8x42 binoculars with ED glass
Model reviewed: Viking Peregrine ED 8x42
Price as reviewed - £329.95
Viking optical are almost unique in the optics world in having no links to trophy hunting. While they don't currently offer high end binoculars (in price terms) they are excellent value for money and represent the ethical purchase choice.
The new Peregrine ED sits right at the top of the Viking model range and is brand new for 2018.
While other manufacturers are using the “open hinge” design, Vikinghave stuck with the more traditional design for their Peregrine. This keeps the binocular more compact and the Peregrine has a really solid feel to it, this binocular is of a very high build quality. The real highlight though is the weightlessness of the Peregrine. We have weighed these at under 600 grams (Without rainguard and objective caps) which makes it one of the lightest full size binoculars available. The compact body is also great to look at and these binoculars never feel over sized.
The Viking Peregrine is a simple design. The rubber armouring feels strong, the eyecups are comfortable and little detailing give a quality appearance.
Finally, the mechanics of the binocular again add to the overall quality. Focusing is smooth and precise, without being overly sensitive, and dioptric adjustment wheel also rotates smoothly without being overly stiff.
At this price point the Peregrine's design is very hard to fault.
The Viking Peregrine features sharp optics right across the field of view, a rarity in binoculars at this price point.
The ED glass adds to the quality by producing a crisp and sharp image right to the edge of the view and colour, contrast and definition are all excellent. There is a real lack of colour fringing and even in dark conditions these binoculars produce a fantastic image. The optics aren't perhaps in the same ballpark as the top offerings from Swarovski, Leica or Zeiss they are more than good enough and it's hard to believe this is a £300 binocular.
The Viking Peregrine has left a good impression. Worth £329.95? Absolutely!
It is really difficult to find flaws in the Peregrine. If weight is a real concern when buying a binocular then the Peregrine could be the perfect binocular for you.
Overall Viking has produced a well built and pleasant binocular to use for £329.95. It matches key rivals on all the essential areas of optics design and in the hand this does feel like a really premium product. Buy with confidence.