I really like my Vortex Diamondback. I also have a set of the Crossfires and they aren't quite as good. Cabelas currently has the Vipers on sale for $299, not sure how much better they are than the Diamondbacks.
I've definitely heard a handful of horror stories, but I've had mine for a couple years and no issues (knock on wood). That said, I'm only hunting out of a saddle in Iowa timber. I don't think I'd trust these in the sheep mountains or the elk timber.
Ya I was kind of messing with you. I have a few Vortex Items and haven't had any issues with them either but hear the same stories as you. We haven't used them that hard but for the same money or a little more most times you can get Leupold so I have gone that way lately.
For the money, the Viper's could see the future with their glass quality. Otherwise the Diamondback's. I have the older model prior to the bell-style build they have now and couldn't be happier. Same quality, different body now.
Vortex Diamondbacks 10 x 42 on sale at Scheels for black friday for $149.95. I've been "hinting" to family for Christmas ideas. My son has a pair I got him for Christmas a couple years ago and I've been using them this season as he is off to college and I really have liked them
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