Tasco has long been a value priced optics manufacturer for hunters and other sportsman. This review of the Tasco 12X25 Binoculars is being written due to a deer hunting book that I recently completed written by a writer whose work has appeared in numerous national hunting publications. In a section of the book concerning optics the author wrote that $100 should be set for the minimum amount to spend to on a serviceable pair of binoculars or a serviceable rifle scope. He further stated that $400 was a better starting point. I nearly fell out of my chair when I read these statements. I can only imagine a youngster or other novice hunter reading this book and giving up on the idea of hunting due to the cost mentioned by this author. The fact is that $15 binoculars (such as the Tasco’s described below) and $40 rifle scope are completely serviceable for not only the beginner, but the more experienced hunter as well. Yes, $1000 binoculars will certainly be sharper than a $15 pair, but both are capable of assisting a hunter spot deer and look for antlers.
The Tasco 12X25 Camouflage Binoculars are sold at a variety of retailers for very little cost. While this particular model may not be available at all stores, these and similar models of binoculars are sold at stores such as Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, as well as sporting goods stores. A quick search of froogle.com displayed almost 20 locations to purchase these binoculars for less than $20. The lowest price (excluding eBay auctions) was about $12.
The Tasco 178BCR comes with a rubberized coating (called rubber armor) on the barrels of the binoculars. The rubberized coating serves both to add in griping the binocular and to add a layer of protection from shock if they are dropped. The adjustment wheel also is rubberized to keep your finger from slipping while adjusting the binoculars. The right eyepiece adjusts to correct for differences in your eyes. The picture through the Tasco 178BCR is sharp and clear in daylight. During low light the binoculars become less effective as there is less light to gather. This is one area where higher quality binoculars have an advantage, they usually perform better in low light circumstances. Another area that higher quality binoculars have an advantage is that they generally have less distortion at the edges. However, the Tasco 178BCR has no significant edge distortion that I was able to see.
While the Tasco 178BCR is not the world’s greatest set of binoculars, they are more than serviceable for hunting purposes. If you are in need of a compact pair of binoculars and on a tight budget, the Tasco 178BCR is a great choice at a great price.