Nikon Monarch 10×40 Binocular Review

Editor: Mike

Basic Description:

Nikon ATB 10x42mm Monarch binocular is a pair of 100% fog proof, shockproof waterproof binocular

Just the Facts:

  • 100% Waterproof/Fogproof/Shockproof
  • Ultra-rugged, rubber-armored, roof-prism design
  • Extended eye relief and central focus for viewing convenience
  • Fully Multicoated lenses for bright, clear images
  • Precision aligned optics for extended viewing
  • Phase-correction coating


I purchased the Nikon Monarch binoculars 5 years ago. I decided I wanted a binocular in the 200-300 dollar range, that had good reviews, a good warranty, and had good light gathering.  After quite a lot of searching I settled on the Nikon Monarch in the 10×42 size.

I have USED these binoculars hard for 5 years straight, I bet I pick them up at least 3 times per week all year long, and during the fall I use them almost daily. I have other pairs of binos, but this is the pair I keep in my truck.

I have found the clarity to be outstanding, even around the edges, they are not as clear as my Leicas, but are not that far off.

I have dropped, kicked, and basically beat the crap out of these binoculars, and have never had one issue. The outside still looks new, there is not a scratch on the lens, and they are as clear as the day I bought them. I have had these binos in the worst of weather. Snow, hail, ice, rain…and never had any water issues or internal fogging.

If you are looking for a mid range pair of binos, I would highly reccommend these.

What they could do better:

Ship with a little better case

Improve the separate eye focus, mine continually comes out of focus

Ship with a better set of lens covers

Nikon Monarch 10x42 Binocular Review
  • Functionality
  • Value
  • Ergonomics
  • Durability