Styrka S9 Binocular Review 8×42

Like a lot of Midwest hunters, for most of my life I’ve used binoculars in what I consider the “good” category, ranging generally in the couple hundred dollar range. I’ve also handled my share of what I’d consider “cheap” binoculars, the Walmart or eBay variety that will make you think you got a great deal but end up regretting it. That being said, once I started taking more trips out West, I started wondering whether or not I could benefit from a pair of higher end binoculars. After all, you can pay thousands of dollars for a single pair, and the age-old rule of thumb is to “buy the best glass you can afford”. I got the opportunity to try out a pair of great binoculars free of charge from Styrka Optics. One of the things that initially steered me in their direction was their no-hype marketing strategy. As someone with a technical background, I appreciate it when a company can be as transparent about their product as possible, without simply throwing a bunch of marketing my way to try and interpret. Like many higher end optics brands, Styrka also had a lifetime warranty. I had a hard time deciding between the 8×42 and the 10×42, but went with the 8 power, and I’m glad I did.

All in all, I’m extremely happy and impressed with the S9 binoculars from Styrka. Here is a link to the Styrka Website, followed by an Amazon link to the binoculars (Amazon affiliate link). They can also be found at many optics and sporting goods retailers.


Andrew Wickwire says:

Awesome review – would be interesting to have a side-by-side review if possible with a comparable set…though I found the review very helpful as I’m in the market for one. Keep up the good work brother.

beat rice says:

Don’t remember if you disclosed whether you purchased these binoculars or they were they provided for review? Also, mentioning the comparison vs your buddy’s $80 pair of bino’s, was rather irrelevant. Comparison’s vs typically bought bino’s in the $100-$300 category would be more helpful to the majority demographic of your viewership.

Toxic_Dragon says:

I have 10 x 42’s, and they do wear on the eyes when you’re free handing. The newest Primos Trigger Stick has QD plates, so I can quickly throw them on that to steady the image, which makes a big difference for actually spotting stuff.

Tom Witbeck says:

nice, detailed review. Ive have the s7 (got them in 2015 before s9’s were out) 10×42 and s9 15×56. Ive really like both.

Vital Point says:

Good review, but they seem too heavy to lug around in the hunting woods. I’ve been looking at the Nikon Monarch 7, which is in the $300-$400 range. They have a very wide field of view and the 8×42 is only 23 oz. I’m actually leaning towards the 8×30 which is only 15oz! However, I’ve been having a really hard time deciding if the weight reduction is worth the reduced relative brightness. (from 28 to 15)

Steve Collins says:

sweet binoc’s

Brady Ralston says:

Cool video like to see more gear reviews in the future plus FIRST

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