Rated 1 out of 5 by mrjimmy55 momocular
The focus wheel was stiff & hard to turn. The eye piece was small and the eye cup kept snapping back if I tried using the device with sun glasses on.
In addition there was a defect in the optics creating double images. The good news is that Bean's has a great return policy. I guess that's why I've been a customer for 45 years.
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Emmajane56 Great vision asset
I have poor vision and have had other monocular s that are much more expensive. This one is excellent quality and a better product!
January 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by AMainecustomer Excellent for hiking or bicycling
The LL Bean monocular has been an excellent addition to my basic hiking and mountain bicycling gear. For the price of it, it offers good viewing as well as a light-weight addition to my gear. I have liked it so much that I have bought additional ones as gifts.
As always with all my LL Bean purchases, I was impressed with how well the item was packaged, how quickly it arrived, and the free shipping! The customer service, again as always, was excellent when I called with questions about how to adjust the focus.
January 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by RegularBeanCustomer Fully function when you understand how it works!
The monocular has great optics and a sturdy construction that promises a long and useful life. However, as a monocular it operates somewhat differently than an experienced binocular user might expect. The focusing mechanism (a metal cylinder) rests under the black "rubber" eye-piece and rotates to ride on a metal screw in an angled slot to extend and retract the eye-piece lens thus focusing the image. The challenge is that that metal focusing mechanism upon arrival is very difficult to rotate after a cold delivery trip. The rubber eye-piece that covers the metal cylinder is not attached and relies on the grip of the user to engage the cylinder and rotate it to focus the image. The "feel" of the cylinder's movement is subtle and not easily sensed through touch and therefore I managed to completely unscrew the whole cylinder with eye-piece from the main body of the monocular. Having done that I presumed the rubber cover of the eye-piece had come "detached" and tried to fix that with adhesive. Had the instructions made it clear that the rubber cover was attached only by "friction" and that the metal-cylinder needed to be warmed and then initially "broken free" from the grease lubricant, I may not have returned the first one for the one I have now. With that "education" the monocular works as designed and provides a crisp and clear image when properly focused. I hope you benefit from "my" lesson and the manufacturer adds some basic instructions to an otherwise well made product.
January 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by novicebirdwatcher Excellent for the price/function
I was looking for a fairly lightweight, easy to use monocular as I have trouble with binoculars. These magnify enough for my use and look easy to handle. They do seem to take a little getting used to as there is more movement. Otherwise, just what I was looking for.
January 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by nkelly Very Handy
This is one very handy and powerful monocular. It's solid and easily held in one hand and fits comfortably in a pocket for easy access. I got this as a gift for my daughter who is a long-distance cyclist and she was thrilled with it. So I didn't actually get a chance to try it out except through the window to our neighbor's house which was suddenly as close as my front porch. The weather's been iffy since she got it, so I haven't gotten feedback from her.
January 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tantalus Handy
As usual, LLBean sells quality stuff. This item is very handy. Can be kept in a pocket or hanging around the neck. Love it.
January 1, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Willsgram It's okay, Not great.
The focusing feature is a bit stiff and difficult to use. Hopefully this will get better with time and use. Also, the eyepiece does not stay folded over for use with glasses. Again, I am hopeful that time and use will help. Since affordable monoculars are difficult to find, I am more than willing to tackle the small challenges.
December 30, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Eclectichk Eye Spy
Bought these for my younger siblings at Christmas. They love them. We live a top a good size hill and they enjoy them for zooming in on wildlife without being seen. They use them for scouting wildlife to photograph and have attached them to their day-hike packs. I am very satisfied with the cost, quality and weight of them. These do not replace high quality binoculars but have been the perfect fit for young wildlife watchers and our personal use.
December 30, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by JBillyG You get what you pay for!
At less than $20.00 this monocular is just that, cheap. The magnification and the focus are sub-par but honestly I wasn't expecting much from this item. Apparently someone else felt the same as I as it appears that the one I received was previously returned, the screw that holds the lanyard loop to the monocular had tool marks on it when I received it. My 10 y/o daughter likes it so I guess it was worth the two $10 gift cards I had.
December 27, 2013