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7 Best Concert Binoculars of 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

Last Updated on November 17, 2020

Concert BinocularWhen choosing binoculars, it’s not enough to buy a good product. You also need to find something that precisely matches your intentions. It is to this end that our guide will be of use to you. The products on our list are not just good pieces of optical equipment—they have features that make them especially good for going to concerts.

In addition to looking at high-quality binoculars, we’ve also made a point of examining options that suit the needs of people from every price range. In other words, there truly is something for everyone. So, without further ado, have a look at our concert binoculars reviews.


Quick Look Comparison Table (updated in 2020)

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Wingspan Optics FieldView Wingspan Optics FieldView
  • Durable
  • Moisture-proof
  • Great for close-range viewing
  • Second place
    Bushnell H2O Bushnell H2O
  • Fogproof
  • Great optics
  • Moisture-proof
  • Best Value
    Third place
    Aurosports 10x25 Aurosports 10x25
  • Compact
  • Affordable
  • Good in low light
  • Nikon Trailblazer Nikon Trailblazer
  • Compact
  • Rubber armored body
  • Great with minimal light
  • Bushnell Spectator Bushnell Spectator
  • Fold up
  • Wide-angle views
  • High-quality optics
  • The 7 Best Concert Binoculars

    1. Wingspan Compact Binoculars – Best Overall

    Wingspan Optics FieldView

    Our top choice is the Wingspan Optics FieldView. These binoculars were specifically made for close-range viewing such as hunting trips, bird watching, and, yes, even concerts.

    This set features a shorter range but a higher level of clarity than your average pair of binoculars, making it ideal for the needs of concert-goers. The dimensions are modest enough that you won’t have any trouble tucking this tool away in your pocket when you’re not using it. It’s also drop-proof, fogproof, and moisture-proof, which means that it will be able to stand up to just about any situation.

    As with any really great piece of equipment, these binoculars are fairly pricey, but the money will be well spent if quality is a top concern for you.

    Pros
    • Great for close-range viewing
    • Durable
    • Fogproof
    • Moisture-proof
    • Compact
    Cons
    • Pricey

    2. Bushnell H2O Concert Binoculars

    Bushnell H2O Waterproof

    Bushnell makes really fantastic viewing equipment, and the H2O Waterproof/Fogproof Compact Roof Prism Binocular is a clear testament to that fact. These binoculars succeed in virtually all the same ways the last pair did.

    They are durable, fogproof, and moisture-proof, and feature a special rubber coating that makes it easy to grip them sturdily.

    As a bonus, they also have a special coating on the lenses that will make the viewing experience a little bit better in low light scenarios. Needless to say, this will be an especially valuable feature to have when you find yourself at a dark concert.

    The one issue that might hamper your experience pertains to the eyepieces. They come across very hard, which will make them uncomfortable during extended periods of use.

    Pros
    • Durable
    • Great optics
    • Fogproof
    • Moisture-proof
    Cons
    • Not very comfortable

    3. Aurosports High Powered Binocular – Best Value

    Aurosports 10x25 Folding

    Here we have a great pair of binoculars for buyers who love high quality but not high prices. The Aurosports 10×25 is a compact pair that folds up to make them even easier to store when you need to tuck them away in your pocket.

    They are designed to work in low light environments, and they are moisture-resistant for increased durability. However, indeed, these binoculars do not produce the same image quality as the first two choices on our list.

    Like the Bushnell, they do suffer from some comfort problems. However, if you want a good experience at an unbeatable price, this is going to be the product you want to try.

    Pros
    Cons
    • So-so optics
    • Not very comfortable

    See the top: High-powered binoculars of the year


    4. Nikon Trailblazer Black Concert Binoculars

    Nikon Trailblazer

    As you probably know, Nikon is another company well-known for high-quality equipment. The Trailblazer 8×25 binoculars are specially optimized to take in as much light as possible. They feature special rubber eyepieces that are made to be comfortable, and they are compact enough to store easily.

    Unfortunately, the rubber coating does leave something to be desired. It just feels like in the event of a drop, the Nikon won’t be blazing any more trails. However, if you can forgive this issue, these binoculars are a solid piece of viewing equipment.

    Pros
    • Great with minimal light
    • Compact
    • Comfortable
    Cons
    • Not very durable

    5. Bushnell Spectator Extra-Wide Binoculars

    Bushnell Spectator

    The Spectator binoculars from Bushnell are specially made for taking wide-angle views. In the concert setting, it will be a great way to view the entire stage with gripping clarity.

    The lenses are specially coated for quality viewing, and the entire unit folds up, making it easier to store. However, despite this, the bulky dimensions make it a little bit harder to store than most of the other options on our list.

    These binoculars are optimized for concerts and sporting events, but they probably will not do so well with other viewing opportunities. This is because they feature no focus mechanism, which means that they cannot be adjusted.

    Pros
    • High-quality optics
    • Wide-angle views
    • Fold up
    Cons
    • Bulky and hard to store
    • No focus component

    6. Skygenius Small Binoculars

    Skygenius 8x21 Small Binoculars

    Our second-to-last binoculars are extremely lightweight and extremely affordable. The Skygenius 8×21 isn’t anyone’s idea of a high-end piece of viewing equipment. However, what it lacks in high-end features, it makes up for in bargain.

    These pocket-sized binoculars will not be a great option for anyone looking for something they don’t necessarily intend to keep around for many years to come. They aren’t specially made for low light, or for wide-angle viewing, but they are affordable enough for some people not to care.

    Pros
    • Affordable
    • Compact
    Cons
    • So-so features
    • Lacking image quality

    7. Vanguard Orros Binocular

    Vanguard Orros

    We close the list out with the Vanguard Orros 10×25. These binoculars are lightweight, compact and easy to store in your pockets for concerts.

    The product is small enough that it can be held comfortably with one hand, and it features a lifetime warranty, so you will be forever protected in the event of unplanned repairs.

    There are some issues that you will want to be on the lookout for. For one thing, these binoculars are not as durable as some of the other options on our list.

    They also are not very comfortable to use, and they don’t produce an extremely high image quality. For the money you pay here, you can definitely find something better.

    Pros
    • Lightweight/compact
    • Lifetime warranty
    Cons
    • Not as durable as some options on our list
    • So-so image quality
    • Questionable value offering

    Buyer’s Guide

    Now that we have seen the seven best options out there, let’s go over a few special considerations that will help to simplify your decision.

    Note: it’s also worth mentioning that we recently compared popular opera binoculars. Click here to see our findings.

    Low Light

    Since we are talking specifically about concert binoculars here, it becomes especially important to choose something that is good in low-light scenarios.

    Many binoculars feature special coatings on the glass that help them take in as much light as possible. This will help you to view the stage with clarity even in an otherwise very dark setting.

    Specialty coatings tend to cost a good deal of money, but it is well worth the investment if viewing quality is an important factor for you.

    Durability

    You’ll also want to invest in something durable. Binoculars are always at risk for being dropped, but this is especially true at concerts. They are dark, crowded, and extremely active. As people bump up against each other, it can be very easy to drop whatever is in your hands.

    With a good, durable pair of binoculars, your equipment may be able to withstand the occasional bump.

    Comfort

    Most of the time, you’re only looking through your binoculars for a couple of minutes. In the case of concerts, however, you may have the eyepiece up to your face for literally hours at a time. This may become very uncomfortable if you don’t have the right equipment.

    Ideally, you will be able to obtain something with special comfort-oriented eyepieces. Specialty rubber can ensure that you have a cozier viewing experience.

    Fogproof

    You’ll also see lenses that are made to be fogproof. This feature is designed to make sure that moisture doesn’t sink into the viewing apparatus. You may not consider how valuable that feature is indoors, but with concerts, it’s actually something you will probably want. Why?

    Some bands make heavy use of fog machines. Granted, this stage equipment is not quite the same thing as the fog that we see in nature, but it can affect optical equipment. A fogproof feature will ensure both longevity and a quality viewing experience.

    Conclusion

    Now that you’ve read our concert binocular reviews, you will want to be making your decision. Unfortunately, when there are seven awesome products to select from, this decision can be harder to make than you might assume.

    There are a couple of recommendations we can make that will probably simplify your decision somewhat. For buyers who want the very best product they can get their hands on, the Wingspan Optics FieldView 8X32 Compact Binoculars will probably win the day.

    However, you can enjoy a similar level of quality for a great price with our best for the money pick, the Aurosports 10×25 Folding High Powered Binoculars.


    Featured Image Credit By: Tech. Sgt. Larry W. Carpenter Jr., Fairchild Air Force Base

    About the Author Robert Sparks

    Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.