Sig Sauer Buckmaster 10x42mm Binoculars: High Quality, Good Price

A surefire gift for a family member can be hard to come by, but you’re in luck if they’re outdoorsy in any sense. Sig Sauer offers their 10x42mm binoculars at a modest price for a high-quality product. These binoculars are incredibly strong, keeping a bright, clear image even in difficult environments while being easy to handle and operate. A quality pair of binoculars is a safe bet for most outdoorsmen for a gift, and Sig Sauer has a great option. 

binos in hands at chest level with chest harness
These binoculars are very light and compact, making them even easier to use. [Photo credit: Grace Stevens]


For full-size binoculars, Sig still delivers a compact product. These binoculars are only 5.57 inches long, yet still have a high magnification power. The lightweight polymer housing leaves the binoculars at just over 20 ounces, making them no hassle. They have 10x42mm magnification, which is best for hunting, birdwatching, and events to be generally watched at a distance (sports, concerts, etc). This is the perfect medium between giant binoculars requiring a tripod and small portable types; however, they do have features that make them even more portable, which I’ll get to later. 

The eye relief, or distance between the eye and the lens needed to see, is 15mm, which is a bit better than the standard. I used these with and without eyeglasses and would recommend them for either situation, especially due to their adjustable eyecups. The exit pupil focuses on the size of the beam of light leaving the binoculars, and bigger is better when it comes to low-light conditions. For these, the exit pupil is 4.2mm, so these binoculars are good for low-light areas but not nearly pitch black. The linear field of view at 1000 yards is 315 feet, which isn’t narrow or too wide, giving a moderate view during use. 

Accessories and Carrying

These binoculars come with several accessories, offering multiple ways to protect and carry them. The accessory that stands out the most is the custom harness that allows hands-free carry at the chest level. This is, in my opinion, much more convenient than the average lanyard since the binoculars feel more supported and stable. However, it’s best to use this method with a regular backpack instead of cross-body bags since it can make balancing the two difficult. It may also be helpful to have a friend nearby to help adjust the harness initially, though it isn’t impossible to do it alone. Sig Sauer also includes a classic neck strap inside that is plenty comfortable for extended use, so no matter your preference, there are plenty of ways to carry it. 

sig sauer chest harness on back
Here, you can see the back of the harness; it uses a stretchy elastic through the center leather piece to adjust to every body type. [Photo credit: Grace Stevens]
There is no need to worry about scuffs and scrapes since these binoculars come with several options to keep them covered. The binos include a set of custom lens covers to protect the lenses from scratches, dirt, and other field hazards. The eyepiece lens covers are connected and have an optional hole for a string or lanyard. The objective lens cover is two separate pieces that can be easily removed or installed using the attached ring.

Sig Sauer even provides a carrying case. This case can be carried on a belt, attached to MOLLE snaps, or carried as-is. The case is made of padded ballistic nylon and closed with velcro, giving easy access and plenty of protection. All accessories fit easily inside alongside the binoculars which is convenient when it comes to the optional harness. 

tripod threads open on binos
The tripod attachment is conveniently placed underneath a small knob that’s ready to be used when needed. [Photo credit: Grace Stevens]
Need some extra stabilization? Sig has that covered, too. Another feature I love that is perfectly placed is the tripod adaptability. By unscrewing the front circle on the center of the binoculars, you expose a threaded hole so that you can attach a tripod if desired. I love the versatility this offers, but if you don’t need it, it’s not noticeable at all. 


The adjusting eyecups are one of my favorite features. Personally, my eyes are just bad enough that I need glasses most of the time, so the adjustable eyecups make these binos easier and more comfortable to use. 

As all humans are asymmetrical, it’s important to accommodate differences between the two eyes. Sig Sauer includes an anodized aluminum diopter ring on the right barrel. This small, silver ring adjusts to accommodate differences and make the image you see as clearly as possible. The ring can easily lock in place but just as easily adjusts as needed. 

binos in use in hands
These are a new favorite to take on hiking trails or to keep in my car for occasional use. [Photo credit: Grace Stevens]
The lenses, one of the most important parts of the puzzle, are incredibly high-quality. They are multi-coated, keeping them protected and the view clear. The lenses have BAK-4 Prisms, which is a high-end option known for its ability to transmit a high amount of light, therefore offering a much brighter image. 

Lastly, if you’re taking these outdoors, the additional safety it has makes these even better. They’re IPX7 rated, meaning they can be submerged for 30 minutes at up to one meter. So, rest assured these can take some damage from the weather. 


These binoculars have an excellent warranty. It’s the Sig Sauer Infinite guarantee that assures that they will replace or repair the product. It costs nothing, doesn’t require a warranty card or receipt, and doesn’t have a time limit. The only thing that would disqualify you from this warranty is if you intentionally damage it, misuse it, modify it, the damage is only cosmetic, or if it is lost or stolen. 


The Sig Sauer Buckmaster 10x42mm binoculars are perfect for any outdoorsman or hobbyist you may know. These are handy for working in the field, whether that be on the range, in the woods, or in other similar environments. I enjoyed taking these on a hike to see the nature around me, and even at dusk, these binoculars performed wonderfully. 

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Sig Sauer delivers a high-quality product ready for just about anyone in need of some good binoculars. [Photo credit: Grace Stevens]
The various ways to carry it came in handy, and my favorite had to be the chest harness. Wearing it left my binoculars steady at my chest and ready to be used while allowing my hands to stay empty on my hike. I even tried it on several other people around me, and the harness worked on many body types as well. The neck harness was nice to have when I wanted to be able to easily take the binoculars off or give them to someone else to use. 

The image on these binoculars is clear and bright, and I have an outstanding picture at such large distances. They were easy to adjust, use, and clean on the field. I was able to spot birds and deer on my trail with ease. In the context of hunting, these are a great option due to their power, size, and easy handling. Not only that, but these are pretty durable, so I’d trust them out on a rough trip without worrying too much about scuffs and dirt (of course, keeping lenses protected, when possible). 


The Sig Sauer Buckmaster 10x42mm binoculars perform incredibly well. Despite their high power, they remain a moderate, manageable size, which allows the user to take them anywhere they need without worrying too much about bulkiness. The accessories they come with make them even better with the straps, case, lens covers, and tripod adaptability. Sig kept quality high with their materials leaving a durable, strong product that can stand up to just about anything most outdoorsmen may need.

Grace Ainsworth Stevens is an outdoor writer and political cartoonist who writes for a number of industry publications including The Truth About Guns and Breach Bang Clear. She's been hunting everything from deer to feral hogs since grade school and started honing her handgun skills at the age of 13. Grace's art is Second Amendment focused and speaks to current events and gun world cliches. She's also a college sophomore and will fight you over robotics and early education issues.

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