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Bushnell Engage DX 12×50 Binoculars

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    The Engage DX in the powerful 12X50 configuration are a perfect combination of performance, capability, and affordability with a lifetime warranty. They have an all-metal chassis, fully multicoated optics, and they have our exclusive EXO Barrier. Water is no problem as they’re IPX7 waterproof rated to guarantee they’ll never fog up. The rich textured rubber armor guarantees you’ll always have a firm grip. To top it all off, they’re covered by our full lifetime Ironclad Warranty. Buy with confidence.

    LIFETIME IRONCLAD WARRANTY

    Bushnell's highest quality glass delivers amazing color, resolution and contrast, even in low-light conditions.

    Exclusive EXO Barrier Protection

    Bushnell's newest and best protective lens coating molecularly bonds to the glass, repelling water, oil, dust, debris and preventing scratches.

    Dielectric Prism Coating

    Applied to the prisms, it ensures vivid color reproduction and allows 92% light transmission for bright images.

    NON-SLIP GRIP AND ADJUSTABLE DESIGN

    It has a ribbed focus wheel that lets you sharpen image quality with a simple turn and textured rubber armor for a firm grip

    Video review

    We love the Engage ED 12x50 Binocular. It has performed well in the field and the engineering standard applied to this product is high. Watch the video to learn more about the details.

    00:00 -​ Intro

    00:30​ - Detailed review

    01:45​ - Bushnell warranty

    01:50 - Final thoughts

    01:59​ - Bushnell stats

    Specification
    Item ID (SKU) BEN1250
    Product Name Engage Binoculars, 12x50mm
    Adapts to Tripod Yes
    Close Focus (m) 10ft / 3m
    Color Black
    Display Type 0
    Exit Pupil 4.1mm / 0.161in
    Eye Relief 15mm / 0.591in
    Eyecups Twist-up
    Lead Free Glass Yes
    Length 6.5in / 165mm
    Lens Coating Fully Multi-Coated
    Magnification x Objective Lens 12x50mm
    PC-3 Phase Coating Yes
    Prism Glass BaK-4
    Prism Type Roof
    Water Resistant Yes
    Waterproof/Fogproof Yes, IPX7
    Weight 29.2oz
    FOV (ft @1000yd / m @1000 m 280 / 93
    Protective Lens Coating EXO Barrier
    Dielectric Prism Coating Yes
    Ultrawide Band Coating Yes
    Lead Free Glass Yes
    Locking Diopter Yes
    Permafocus No
    ED Prime Glass Yes
    Reviews (5)
    5 stars 5 100 %
    4 stars 0 0 %
    3 stars 0 0 %
    2 stars 0 0 %
    1 star 0 0 %
    1. Michael M.

      Have not used them yet – delivered as ordered

    2. Spencer B.

      I absolutely love these binoculars. Looking at planes in the sky I can see the details in the aircraft. Its a great purchase!! Thank you

    3. Rafael Miller

      I’m very impressed with these binoculars. I’ve been a nature lover, birder, and soccer fan for many years. Had several binoculars over the years, this pair works well, had a great feel and grip, and with12 power brings subject up close without too much image shake. Can’t really have just one binocular for all uses! This pair is perfect for in car or stadium use, also short walks…have a light weight pair for long hikes and carries. The cost of these Bushnell Engage units is remarkably low and they compete with much higher priced glasses!

    4. Stephen

      I had a good Bushnell binocular with a smaller magnification and I was looking forward to seeing how the higher power of these would perform. There’s a canyon behind my house and we have long vistas out into the distance where we can watch hawks and other birds, see the landscape, etc. These binoculars do a good job on clear magnification. At this power, it’s hard for me to hold them steady enough for the shake of the images to not be distracting. That’s not the fault of the binoculars, but it does say it’s not always good to have more power if it’s not really needed.

      These come with a quality soft case, a microfiber bag, attached end caps and a single piece eyepiece cover. I put a zip tie to hold my eyepiece cover to the neckstrap loop connector so I can flip them off and they hang from the body of the binoculars. A quality neck loop is included.

      I have two issues with these binoculars that keep me from giving them a five star rating. The first is that I found it hard to get the tubes close together enough to let my vision find a single view window. I had to slide the end cap holders up to create a little more range of tube motion. It works, but it’s close and I have what I think is an average sized face, so I imagine this could be a large issue for some users. The other issue is that my binoculars came to me without the working lock mechanism for the right eye fine adjustment. You’re supposed to be able to adjust the optics in the up position and then put the ring in the down position to lock it. Mine adjust but there’s no room to press the ring down and lock it. The ring won’t lift up or lock down. My other Bushnells have the same feature so I know how it works. I called the company (which took a long time to get through to a person) and that wasn’t a great experience, but they did agree to provide a shipping label for me to send the binoculars in for what would be a several week repair. I decided it wasn’t worth the trouble and time. It would have been better if they’d sent me a correct product and had me send the defective one back. Better yet, for a product in this price range, get your quality control to the level that you don’t ship a defective product. There are other options in good binoculars, so there’s no excuse for poor quality control.

    5. anonym

      Have a pair of Nikon 10×50 prostaff.. and a Bushnell Engage pair. the engage are sharper and snap into focus better. The nikons are somewhat mushy to focus. About equivalent prices, too. Bushnell is more compact and solid, so i guess the nikons are all plastic… better caps on the Bushnells too.

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    Returns & Guarantee

    30 Days to Initiate a Return

    You can initiate a return for most new and unused items within 30 days of delivery for a refund

    Errors & Defects

    If the return is a result of our error or defective product, we will refund the full cost of the merchandise and shipping charges.

    Most New and Unused

    You must return items in new or unused condition with all original materials included with the shipment.

    Partial Refunds

    We inspect all returned items and award a partial refund for opened or used products.

    45 Days to Receive Returned Items

    We must receive your returned items at our processing facility within 45 days of delivery

    Binoculars Returns

    You will only qualify for a full refund if you refuse the item(s) at the time of delivery or return the item before opening it and removing its wrapping.

    FAQ
    Q:How do I know what to charge for shipping?
    A:

    Our shipping rates are based off of the billable weight of an order. Please visit our Shipping Rates page for detailed info.

    Q:Can I have a package shipped through UPS with a required signature on delivery?
    A:

    Yes, you can have a package with a signature confirmation for delivery; there will be an extra fee added. You may request by adding signature confirmation in the comment box when placing your order.

    Q:Do you ship internationally or to APO and FPO addresses?
    A:

    No, we only ship to the contiguous 48 states and to Alaska and Hawaii. We do not ship any International Orders (Including Puerto Rico, Guam, APOs and FPOs), including orders that have any connection to International shipments (freight-forwarders, etc.). This applies to both the shipping and billing addresses. Orders found to have an international connection will be cancelled. There are no exceptions.

    Q:Do you charge sales taxes?
    A:

    Since we are located in CA, we charge sales taxes only to CA residents.

    Q:How can I return an item?
    A:

    If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact us for a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) request within 10 business days of the receipt of the product. If the item is returned unopened in the original box, we will exchange it, offer you store credit, or offer you a refund, less 25% restocking fee, based on your original method of payment. The product must be returned within 10 business days of the issuance of the RMA. All products must be packed in the original packaging, including any accessories, manuals, documentation and registration that shipped with the product. A 15% open box fee in addition to the 25% restocking fee (totaling 40%) will be assessed on any sealed product that is opened or removed from its original packaging.

    Please note that we do not permit the return of the following products:
    1. Special orders and products that are custom configured to your specifications.
    2. Products sold "as is" or "used" or that have been installed or used after receipt.
    3. Illumination devices, electronic sights, optics and night vision equipment.

    NOTE: We recommend that you use a carrier that offers shipment tracking for all returns, and either insure your package for safe return or declare the full value of the shipment so that you are protected if the shipment is lost or damaged in transit. If you chose not to use a carrier that offers tracking and insure or declare the full value of the product, you will be responsible for any loss or damage to the product during shipping.

    The United States Postal Service (USPS) offers limited tracking capabilities and that there is a 30-calendar-day waiting period before USPS will initiate a trace. The customer is responsible for shipping charges both ways on returns, as well as for shipping charges on shipments that are refused.

    The Engage DX in the powerful 12X50 configuration are a perfect combination of performance, capability, and affordability with a lifetime warranty. They have an all-metal chassis, fully multicoated optics, and they have our exclusive EXO Barrier. Water is no problem as they’re IPX7 waterproof rated to guarantee they’ll never fog up. The rich textured rubber armor guarantees you’ll always have a firm grip. To top it all off, they’re covered by our full lifetime Ironclad Warranty. Buy with confidence.

    LIFETIME IRONCLAD WARRANTY

    Bushnell's highest quality glass delivers amazing color, resolution and contrast, even in low-light conditions.

    Exclusive EXO Barrier Protection

    Bushnell's newest and best protective lens coating molecularly bonds to the glass, repelling water, oil, dust, debris and preventing scratches.

    Dielectric Prism Coating

    Applied to the prisms, it ensures vivid color reproduction and allows 92% light transmission for bright images.

    NON-SLIP GRIP AND ADJUSTABLE DESIGN

    It has a ribbed focus wheel that lets you sharpen image quality with a simple turn and textured rubber armor for a firm grip

    Video review

    We love the Engage ED 12x50 Binocular. It has performed well in the field and the engineering standard applied to this product is high. Watch the video to learn more about the details.

    00:00 -​ Intro

    00:30​ - Detailed review

    01:45​ - Bushnell warranty

    01:50 - Final thoughts

    01:59​ - Bushnell stats

    Item ID (SKU) BEN1250
    Product Name Engage Binoculars, 12x50mm
    Adapts to Tripod Yes
    Close Focus (m) 10ft / 3m
    Color Black
    Display Type 0
    Exit Pupil 4.1mm / 0.161in
    Eye Relief 15mm / 0.591in
    Eyecups Twist-up
    Lead Free Glass Yes
    Length 6.5in / 165mm
    Lens Coating Fully Multi-Coated
    Magnification x Objective Lens 12x50mm
    PC-3 Phase Coating Yes
    Prism Glass BaK-4
    Prism Type Roof
    Water Resistant Yes
    Waterproof/Fogproof Yes, IPX7
    Weight 29.2oz
    FOV (ft @1000yd / m @1000 m 280 / 93
    Protective Lens Coating EXO Barrier
    Dielectric Prism Coating Yes
    Ultrawide Band Coating Yes
    Lead Free Glass Yes
    Locking Diopter Yes
    Permafocus No
    ED Prime Glass Yes
    5 stars 5 100 %
    4 stars 0 0 %
    3 stars 0 0 %
    2 stars 0 0 %
    1 star 0 0 %
    1. Michael M.

      Have not used them yet – delivered as ordered

    2. Spencer B.

      I absolutely love these binoculars. Looking at planes in the sky I can see the details in the aircraft. Its a great purchase!! Thank you

    3. Rafael Miller

      I’m very impressed with these binoculars. I’ve been a nature lover, birder, and soccer fan for many years. Had several binoculars over the years, this pair works well, had a great feel and grip, and with12 power brings subject up close without too much image shake. Can’t really have just one binocular for all uses! This pair is perfect for in car or stadium use, also short walks…have a light weight pair for long hikes and carries. The cost of these Bushnell Engage units is remarkably low and they compete with much higher priced glasses!

    4. Stephen

      I had a good Bushnell binocular with a smaller magnification and I was looking forward to seeing how the higher power of these would perform. There’s a canyon behind my house and we have long vistas out into the distance where we can watch hawks and other birds, see the landscape, etc. These binoculars do a good job on clear magnification. At this power, it’s hard for me to hold them steady enough for the shake of the images to not be distracting. That’s not the fault of the binoculars, but it does say it’s not always good to have more power if it’s not really needed.

      These come with a quality soft case, a microfiber bag, attached end caps and a single piece eyepiece cover. I put a zip tie to hold my eyepiece cover to the neckstrap loop connector so I can flip them off and they hang from the body of the binoculars. A quality neck loop is included.

      I have two issues with these binoculars that keep me from giving them a five star rating. The first is that I found it hard to get the tubes close together enough to let my vision find a single view window. I had to slide the end cap holders up to create a little more range of tube motion. It works, but it’s close and I have what I think is an average sized face, so I imagine this could be a large issue for some users. The other issue is that my binoculars came to me without the working lock mechanism for the right eye fine adjustment. You’re supposed to be able to adjust the optics in the up position and then put the ring in the down position to lock it. Mine adjust but there’s no room to press the ring down and lock it. The ring won’t lift up or lock down. My other Bushnells have the same feature so I know how it works. I called the company (which took a long time to get through to a person) and that wasn’t a great experience, but they did agree to provide a shipping label for me to send the binoculars in for what would be a several week repair. I decided it wasn’t worth the trouble and time. It would have been better if they’d sent me a correct product and had me send the defective one back. Better yet, for a product in this price range, get your quality control to the level that you don’t ship a defective product. There are other options in good binoculars, so there’s no excuse for poor quality control.

    5. anonym

      Have a pair of Nikon 10×50 prostaff.. and a Bushnell Engage pair. the engage are sharper and snap into focus better. The nikons are somewhat mushy to focus. About equivalent prices, too. Bushnell is more compact and solid, so i guess the nikons are all plastic… better caps on the Bushnells too.

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    30 Days to Initiate a Return

    You can initiate a return for most new and unused items within 30 days of delivery for a refund

    Errors & Defects

    If the return is a result of our error or defective product, we will refund the full cost of the merchandise and shipping charges.

    Most New and Unused

    You must return items in new or unused condition with all original materials included with the shipment.

    Partial Refunds

    We inspect all returned items and award a partial refund for opened or used products.

    45 Days to Receive Returned Items

    We must receive your returned items at our processing facility within 45 days of delivery

    Binoculars Returns

    You will only qualify for a full refund if you refuse the item(s) at the time of delivery or return the item before opening it and removing its wrapping.

    Q:How do I know what to charge for shipping?
    A:

    Our shipping rates are based off of the billable weight of an order. Please visit our Shipping Rates page for detailed info.

    Q:Can I have a package shipped through UPS with a required signature on delivery?
    A:

    Yes, you can have a package with a signature confirmation for delivery; there will be an extra fee added. You may request by adding signature confirmation in the comment box when placing your order.

    Q:Do you ship internationally or to APO and FPO addresses?
    A:

    No, we only ship to the contiguous 48 states and to Alaska and Hawaii. We do not ship any International Orders (Including Puerto Rico, Guam, APOs and FPOs), including orders that have any connection to International shipments (freight-forwarders, etc.). This applies to both the shipping and billing addresses. Orders found to have an international connection will be cancelled. There are no exceptions.

    Q:Do you charge sales taxes?
    A:

    Since we are located in CA, we charge sales taxes only to CA residents.

    Q:How can I return an item?
    A:

    If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact us for a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) request within 10 business days of the receipt of the product. If the item is returned unopened in the original box, we will exchange it, offer you store credit, or offer you a refund, less 25% restocking fee, based on your original method of payment. The product must be returned within 10 business days of the issuance of the RMA. All products must be packed in the original packaging, including any accessories, manuals, documentation and registration that shipped with the product. A 15% open box fee in addition to the 25% restocking fee (totaling 40%) will be assessed on any sealed product that is opened or removed from its original packaging.

    Please note that we do not permit the return of the following products:
    1. Special orders and products that are custom configured to your specifications.
    2. Products sold "as is" or "used" or that have been installed or used after receipt.
    3. Illumination devices, electronic sights, optics and night vision equipment.

    NOTE: We recommend that you use a carrier that offers shipment tracking for all returns, and either insure your package for safe return or declare the full value of the shipment so that you are protected if the shipment is lost or damaged in transit. If you chose not to use a carrier that offers tracking and insure or declare the full value of the product, you will be responsible for any loss or damage to the product during shipping.

    The United States Postal Service (USPS) offers limited tracking capabilities and that there is a 30-calendar-day waiting period before USPS will initiate a trace. The customer is responsible for shipping charges both ways on returns, as well as for shipping charges on shipments that are refused.

    Combination

    This product: Bushnell Engage DX 12×50 Binoculars $249

    Total:

    $343