12 Survivors Escape 10×32 Binoculars Review
A guest post written by Sellmark summer marketing intern Clayton Costolnick
The 12 Survivors brand is about bringing people closer to nature. It provides outdoor tools that help people meet the demanding needs of the environment they are in. The 10×32 Escape binoculars have a 10x magnification that comes in a compact design of 5.4 x 4.4 x 1.6 inches. Since they have such a compact design, the weight of the binoculars is only 11.9 ounces. Within the rubber casing there is a K9 roof prism system, and advanced multi-coated glass. The 12 Survivors binoculars are a great tool for bird watching, camping, hiking, hunting, or during a survival situation. I tested the Escape binoculars to focus on objects that were 10 to 50 yards away; however, I believe the binoculars would be able to exceed this distance.
These binoculars are perfect for someone on a budget. They have a rubber body that withstands the elements. Because of the rubber armor surrounding the optics, they are great for kids. Since children are more likely to drop or mishandle objects, using a rubber coating helps keep the binoculars protected. With the compact design, people of any age can use them easily. The lightweight of the binoculars does not cause an issue when using or traveling with them. The grips on the outside help you keep a secure grip, even in rainy and wet conditions. Having an oversized focus knob helps the user adjust the image for clarity. Additionally, there is a diopter adjustment on the right side to help you compensate for your individual eyes—a feature that many high-end binoculars also have.
When you place the binoculars on your face, the eyecups are soft and comfortable and not rough. The image was clear, but not as sharp as I would have liked. The image is mostly clear in the center of the circle, with a little blur around the edges. It seems there is a fine line that you must find when focusing them for the distance you are trying to view, as I could not get a sharp clear image when I tried to focus them. When you are changing objects, you must continue to focus the binos for the changed distance. Once you find the correct focus, the image is clear enough to make out details. The glass is clear, but I think it has a sensitive focus knob. Overall, the image was good for the price of the product.
The eyecups roll down to accommodate users with glasses. The binoculars are easy to maintain just by wiping them off with a damp cloth and blowing off debris. The packaging came with a little carrying case with a belt loop, allowing it to be easily attachable to you or your backpack. Within the case, there is a lens cleaning cloth and neck strap. This strap is particularly useful for comfort and so you don’t have to worry about dropping them. I think the instructions on how to tie the neck strap to the binoculars could be clearer, but I was able to figure it out. Finally, the binoculars come with an instruction book to explain everything for you.
I think the biggest weakness for the binoculars is the sensitive focus knob. I could tell that the glass was clear, but when focusing on my image it was difficult to find the perfect positioning on the knob. The binoculars produced a great image for the price. I just wish the clarity was a little sharper. I would recommend these binoculars because they are very inexpensive and get the job done.
Clayton Costolnick was born and raised in Cypress, Texas and is currently a senior at Baylor University majoring in Marketing with a minor in Corporate Communications. He is a hunter of deer, waterfowl, dove, turkey and exotics. Like many at Sellmark, Clayton has been around firearms his whole life, learning to hunt from his father and grandfather. When there is no animal in season to hunt, he occupies his time fishing…and waiting for the next hunting season to roll around.Follow 12 Survivors: