The Athlon Midas 8X42 is a binocular with a unique design. Its two barrels have specially designed grooved areas for improved grip. In regards to dimensions, this pair of binoculars measures 6.5 x 8.7 x 3.5 inches and weighs a meager 1.54 pounds.
Thus, just like the Hawke Endurance this Athlon model is a small and compact binocular. Also, similar to the Endurance the Midas’ body constructed from lightweight aluminum. Overall, I have no complaints about this binocular’s portability and compactness.
One of the Midas’ best features is its objective lens. Unlike other binoculars in its price range, the Midas’ objective lens made from extra-low dispersion glass. This type of glass improves light transmission and minimizes glare, thus producing sharp and high-resolution images.
Astonishingly, this binocular has fully multicoated optics. This means that all exterior glass surfaces feature an anti-reflection coating.
Athlon uses an XPL coating on all the binocular’s lenses. The Bak-4 glass prisms are phase-corrected and also coated for maximum light transmission and resolution.
The Athlon Midas has an extra-large center focus wheel, which turns effortlessly. Personally, I love wearing gloves while on a hunt, so the binocular’s large focus knob was a big plus.
The binocular’s eyecups, on the other hand, can be twisted up and down for comfort. Moreover, the binocular has a relief of 17.2 mm, which I found to be a pretty decent for a binocular in its price range.
One of the things I love about the Athlon is the 426 ft field of view, which is arguably the best in its class.