Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10×42 Review

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The Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10×42 is a 10x glass piece with a 42mm objective lens. It packs a (detachable) Picatinny rail for attaching a tripod or a flashlight, or whatever else you can think to put on it.

The main focuses of this device are tactical use and ergonomic comfort. Bushnell backs up this product with their “bulletproof” money-back guarantee.

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What’s included?

  • The Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10×42 monocular, x1
  • Monocular strap, x1
  • Carrying case, x1

The box comes with everything you need for a basic setup, and nothing else. There are no frills or gimmicks here. The carrying case is too big to be practical unless you have something else to stick in there. If not, you’re better off using the included monocular strap or the removable belt clip. It does have a tripod mount, so you won’t need an adapter, but you can remove the mount if you don’t plan to use it. (It does look a little off if you’re not attached to a tripod.)

How about the optical specs?

The Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10×42 has ED Prime glass, which helps to reduce color dispersion, even at long range. The twist-up eye cup is easy to use (with or without glasses) at a pleasant 15.2mm. Light transmission with this piece is great. Low light or full sun doesn’t make too much difference. It’s got nothing on a full telescope, but only one fits in your pocket, so you decide. Bushnell has given this device a good close focus, too – as close as 6.5′ and you can read writing through the lens.

They also gave it with Bak-4 roof prisms. This means that you can focus up to a mile away and still see clearly. Multi-coated lenses help keep away glare and haze. As an added bonus, they also have a permanent RainGuard HD coating, so it’s super water-repellent. (Not completely water-proof, though, so don’t try to soak through.) The RainGuard makes it to where the bad weather conditions don’t affect your view; the rain just rolls right off.

The focus wheel is placed conveniently on top of the unit, so you should have no trouble adjusting with one hand. It has just enough resistance to prevent accidental changes without making it difficult to adjust. The field of view is an impressive 340′ at 1,000 yards, which is above average for 10x devices. Even if you factor in 8x devices, this thing is great.

While the 10×42 spec works outstandingly as a hunting binocular, it can also be used for stargazing and birding.

Let’s talk about the magnification

Sure! This monoc offers great resolution, even at long distances. You can focus on small objects up to a mile away with ease. Even in the shadows, you get pretty good resolution. 10X magnification is pretty standard, but not in a bad way.

But does it look good?

You bet it does. The body is fully covered with a rubber coating that helps protect it from drops, falls, and skids. There’s even extra protection with specially placed grips. The clips would look a little odd if they weren’t so darn helpful. If you don’t plan to use them, they are removable, but since the carrying case is basically useless, I’d leave them on.

I use the Picatinny rail to mount a flashlight to mine, but the specifics of your unit are up to you. These attachments must be purchased separately. Bushnell even decided to make this thing available in two classy colors. Whether you prefer a matte black or tactical sand color, they got you covered.

What happens if I drop it?

Well, I’ve dropped mine from over 20′ in the air, and it was no worse for the wear. The full-body coating makes sure it’ll hold up. Just in case it doesn’t, Bushnell offers a 100% money back guarantee. If you’re unsatisfied, send it back. No questions asked. There’s even a nitrogen-purged barrel to keep it from fogging in bad weather.

This is great and all, but how does it really hold up?

Let me rephrase that: Bushnell is so sure that you’re going to love your Legend Ultra HD that they back it with their “bulletproof guarantee”. This is kind of a big deal.

They understand that it doesn’t matter how good the equipment sounds if it breaks when you need it. I’ve used this thing to weed out vermin in my yard. I’ve used it when I went hunting. I use it when I go on hikes. It’s so durable and user-friendly! I have even taken it out to look at the stars, and I was impressed. I have never had a monoc perform this well and be so simple to navigate.


The Good The Bad
  • Most accessories will fit onto the rails
  • The carrying case is stupid
  • Can be mounted on a tripod
  • This thing is gorgeous

So, in conclusion…

For the price, the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10×42 binoculars simply can’t be beat. The quality is so much higher than you would expect from the price tag, and they back it up with a money-back guarantee. Even if you don’t end up liking it, for whatever reason, you can’t lose!

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Author: Owen Davids

My name is Owen Davids. I am an avid birdwatcher, and love spending time in nature with my wife. I started this blog when I realized I could help others with the difficult task of picking the right binoculars.