Leupold BX 1 Yosemite 8x30mm Porro Shadow Grey

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  • Leupold Model #172705 BX-1 Yosemite 8x30mm in Shadow Gray
  • 100% Waterproof, fogproof, & shockproof
  • Fully multi-coated lens system ensures maximum brightness for clarity, contrast, and color fidelity
  • BAK 4 Prisms deliver a perfectly round exit pupil with virtually no edge distortion and a crisp, clear image
  • Phase coated roof prisms significantly increase resolution for a sharp sight picture
  • Twist-up eyecups and generous eye relief for comfortable extended viewing
  • Twilight Light Management System adds up to 10 extra minutes of glassing light
  • Lightweight and rugged magnesium housing shrouded in a rubber armor coating provides a positive grasp



SKU: 172705 Categories: ,


Rugged, waterproof construction with an armor coating stands up to your toughest adventures, while lead-free lenses with a fully multicoated lens system ensures exceptional optical clarity.

Diopter focus and large center focus wheel makes it easy to focus so you can pick out antlers amongst the sage and trees. Phase coated to allow maximum light transmission.

Specification: Leupold BX 1 Yosemite 8x30mm Porro Shadow Grey

Product Dimensions

2.7 x 7.3 x 6.8 inches, 1.6 pounds

Shipping Weight

1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

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8 reviews for Leupold BX 1 Yosemite 8x30mm Porro Shadow Grey

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  1. Richard H.

    FIVE STARS:These little binos have amazingly good optics for this price point – color, contrast, brightness, and sharpness are all EXCELLENT. I was very impressed.The lower magnification (6x) can also be advantageous for some applications. It gives you a wider field of view and less hand shake. I was watching some birds in flight today. With a higher powered optic I wouldn’t have been able to “find” them before they were gone. Kudos to Leupold for realizing that “magnification isn’t everything”.FOUR STARS:Eye relief (18.5 mm) is good, but not quite perfect. There’s a little bit of vignetting with my eyeglasses on, but not enough to keep me from using them comfortably. (I’m spoiled by the 22mm of eye relief on my Pentax 8×42’s.)Size and weight are pleasing. These are noticeably smaller and lighter than my full-size binos (17oz vs 27 oz). These will be great for hiking and watching sports (your arms won’t get so tired holding them up AND you’ll appreciate the wider field of view). The case is also better than I expected at this price point. It’s easy to carry these on your belt.THREE STARS:Build quality is very good for this price point, but not what you’d get for 3-5X this price. The focusing wheel was initially very stiff. It’s loosened up with use, but it still takes two fingers (push-pull) for best control. My first pair had a small misalignment (collimation error) between the two images, but it was so small that most people would never notice it.All in all, I like these “mid-sized” binoculars a lot. They are MUCH better than any “small” bino (except maybe a Swarovski).

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  2. Larry Dunn

    I had read reviews and seen youtube reviews that said this is a really great binocular for $90. That is true, assuming there is not a quality control issue with your copy… does Leupold have enough feet on the ground in China to do proper Quality Control? Apparently not.I don’t need any diopter adjustment when I wear my glasses, and only .25 adjustment without glasses. The diopter adjustment on the pair of BX-1 Yosemite 6×30 that I received had to be cranked all the way to the left (-) to where it couldn’t go any further to get the eyes to balance. I have other binoculars so the problem isn’t my eyes. I returned it because what if somebody borrows my binos and needs to get more negative diopter adjustment? There isn’t any to be had.The second issue I had was that right out of the box, the focus ring felt like it was glued down. I forced it and it was sort of a crunchy type sound and it then freed up. But that was weird.As to the clarity and quality of the optics? Very good! but a bino is more that just optics, it is also having parts that work properly, and a focus wheel that moves freely.If the Diopter rings hadn’t been defective, I would have kept them. They ARE a great binoc for $90, and I could live with the substandard focus wheel. Just check yours carefully for quality control problems and keep them if no issues, and return them if there is a problem like I had with mine.

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  3. Roger Tate

    I love good optics. Most of my rifle scopes are Nikon, Zeiss, and Meopta. My main set of binoculars are Meopta Meostar 10×42 HDs. I use them for hunting large fields but they are too strong at 10x to be used in the woods. That’s where these Leupolds come into play. At 6x, they are perfect for close work in the woods. The light weight is also great. Are they as good as the Meoptas? No. But at about 10% of the price, they shouldn’t be. I would say they are about 90% as good as the Meoptas, which makes them a fantastic bargain. They blow away any other binos on the market in their price range.

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  4. Edwin M

    I went on a local bird-watching walk and the group leading us had the Leupold Yosemite binoculars available to borrow. It was very easy to learn how to use them, and they are exceptionally suited for watching birds, either still or in flight. I was very pleased to find them available on Amazon at a moderate price. I highly recommend them!

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  5. Michael Book

    Works fine in good light, but for the price don’t expect quality low light viewing. Can get equal lense quality for less money. Like the compact size.

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  6. D. Newton

    Excellent and extremely clear wide field of view. Perfect for in the woods up to 100 yards. Light weight, well made and easy to use. A Very Quality set of binoculars for the money!

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  7. Happy Billmore

    Solid performance in a lightweight packsage. If anything ever breaks, Leupold has a great warranty – no questions asked.

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  8. karenj

    Great binoculars. Super easy to focus. Comfortable to use. Bought aSecond pair they were so nice.

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