Vortex Solo RT Monocular Review in 2021

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This is a comprehensive Vortex Solo RT review!

I have found the Vortex Solo RT monocular to be a good device for precise ranging estimation and shot calls. It comes with powerful optics to deliver bright images and has a lightweight and compact body that is pretty comfortable to handle. You can conveniently use it in various terrains and weather conditions.

In this review, we’ll have a detailed look at all the features, specs, and capabilities of this model. 


Vortex Solo RT Overview

This device is made for hunters and range shooters along with land surveyors. The RT monocular comes with an MRAD ranging reticle. It will allow you to call your shots and provide you with the most precise range estimations. 

The Tactical Solo RT monocular is one of the lightest and compact monoculars with ranging reticles available on the market. The best part is that you don’t have to break your wallet to get it. It is pretty fairly priced and does offer value for your hard-earned money. 

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The Vortex Solo RT monocular is made in China, but it doesn’t mean you’re getting any cheap device. Vortex has got you covered by offering an unconditional and unlimited VIP lifetime warranty. 

This ranging monocular is available in only one size, and for its compactness, it’s more than good enough. Because in this size and dimensions, you will only get these features with Vortex tactical monocular. 

This size is most popular among hunters, range shooters, and land surveyors because it comes with an MRAD ranging reticle.

In the following sections of this review, we will look at the features of this range monocular and the benefits. 

Optical performance

Due to quality optical lens and prism systems with anti-reflecting coatings, you’ll get sharp images and clarity out of this monocular with range finding reticle. 

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Lens quality

This monocular with reticle comes with a 36mm objective lens and roof prism that is made of high-quality glass for better light gathering to ensure clear and bright images during low light conditions.

Vortex has used fully multi-coating and an anti-reflective coating to ensure that light transmission remains at its best. It means you’ll get brighter images even in slightly darker conditions. 

With these coatings and glass, this tactical monocular produce excellent results regardless of the weather conditions or terrains. 

Image quality

The overall image quality of the Vortex Solo RT is good. Vortex has used quality glass to construct this device and has coated it with anti-reflective and fully multi-coating. Therefore, brightness and contrast remain top-notch, and color products remain close to reality. 

This is the best tactical monocular to handle low light conditions, and you can use them during twilight conditions. It uses the available light to its fullest capacity with its lens coatings to produce better results, even in slightly darker conditions. You won’t have to deal with any image noise, even at high magnifications. 

Construction and quality

The Vortex Solo RT monocular has a rugged construction designed to take on any outdoor conditions with ease. The compact design is comfortable to hold and operate with one hand. 

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Body and grip

The Vortex Solo RT monocular comes with a compact design that only weighs around 10 ounces. It means you can easily use it on the go. With such a compact design, you can easily hold it in one and operate it conveniently. 

The rubber armor coating with anti-slip properties ensures you can easily hold onto your device no matter how moist the conditions are. 

Vortex has or-ring sealed the R Solo to make it water-resistant, and nitrogen purged it for fog proofing. So, regardless of the weather conditions out there, you can conveniently carry and use your device without any worries. 

Focus wheel and focusing

Adjusting the focus on your Vortex Solo tactical monocular is pretty simple. There is a focus wheel present on the eyecup, and you can conveniently use it for focusing with one hand. 

There is a reticle focus wheel present right next to it, and it also has a similar design. Both the focus wheels rotate in opposite directions. 

Focusing on both the image and the reticle itself is pretty smooth and straightforward. The focus wheels on this mil-dot monocular come with an ergonomic design so you can quickly move them with your thumb or forefinger even in wet conditions and your gloves on. 

Eyecups and lens covers

Adjusting the eyecup on Vortex Solo R/T is a breeze. The eyecup is made of flared-up heavy-duty rubber, and it’s pretty durable. You can conveniently fold it up and down according to your preferences. This allows you to conveniently use your monocular with or without your eyeglasses. They can block any stray light when you have them fully extended. 

But the Solo RT mil-dot monocular doesn’t come with a lens cap, and you will have to purchase one separately. 

Vortex Solo RT model sizes

The Vortex Optics Solo R/T 8×36 monocular is only available in one size, and it is popular among range shooters, land surveyors, and hunters because of its MRAD reticle. 

The following table provides you with a detailed overview of this size. 

8X36
Magnification8x
Objective lens diameter36 mm
Eye relief18 mm
Exit pupil4.5 mm
Linear field of view393 feet/1000 yards
Angular field of view7.5 degrees
Close focus16.4 feet
Dimensions (Height/Width)5.4 x 2.3 inches
Weight10.2 oz
HandheldEasy to hold

Vortex Solo RT 8X36

The Rt monocular is a great choice for range shooting, hunting, and land surveying because it comes with an MRAD ranging reticle. This reticle allows you to call your shots and provide you with accurate ranging estimations. 

The Vortex RT 8×36 has an easy-to-hold and lightweight construction due to its non-slip rubber armor and convenient carrying because of its integrated utility clip. 

The Vortex 8×36 Solo RT comes with a wide field of view of 393 feet at 1000 yards to provide you with better situational awareness about your target. Plus, it comes with a long eye relief of 18 mm, so you can easily use it with your eyeglasses on. 

The Vortex RT tactical is suitable for tracing longer ranges and doesn’t work well up close as its close focus range is just 16.4 feet. So, watching insects and other critters at very close ranges won’t work well for you. 


Vortex Solo RT Warranty

Vortex gives you cover through its unconditional and unlimited VIP lifetime warranty. All vortex devices are covered under this warranty, and it includes any issues against the quality of the materials or craftsmanship. 

However, it excludes loss or theft of your products and any cosmetic change or alteration that is impacting the overall performance of the device. It’s an excellent warranty, and it is one of the strongest points about the brand’s quality. 

Downsides

The Vortex mil-dot monocular doesn’t come with a lens cover, and you will have to buy one separately to keep your objective protected. But that won’t cost you a fortune.

What’s included in the box?

This package does contain everything that you need to start using your device right out of the box. But I still think that Vortex should have included a lens cover into the box because you will have to purchase it separately, so why not get it with the purchase. The rest is all fine.

Vortex Solo RT user reviews

The Vortex Solo RT monocular comes with an average user rating of 4.5 stars, which is great. 

Most people have praised the monocular for its bright and sharp images as well as its quality MRAD reticle and its accuracy. 

But some people also complained about a non-ambidextrous design where image focus and reticle focus move in different directions, not in both. Some people have also complained that it doesn’t perform well in low light conditions. 

A high quality, hard to beat monocular. I don’t know if anything under $200 can compete with this. The MRAD reticle is nice for ranging but not everyone needs it. I use it for other things as well, not just ranging targets. Extremely sharp, good contrast, you’ll need to go Zeiss or something in that caliber to compete with this.

Pros: High resolution, sharp image.
Cons: Bigger than I expected, but still easy to carry.

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Alternatives

If you don’t like the Vortex Solo RT monocular for some reason, here are some alternatives for you. 

Vortex Recon 15×50 R/T Tactical Monocular

The Vortex Recon 15×50 RT monocular is a powerhouse featuring quality optics. This device is capable of performing in low-light conditions. It is also suitable for avid hunters and long-range shooters who are serious about their game. 

Zeiss 10×25 B Design Monocular

The Zeiss 10×25 B Design monocular is another option for you to consider if you are looking for low light performance. This monocular objective lens comes with a T* coating that ensures clarity and better light transmission. It’s a pretty lightweight monocular that is convenient for holding and using outdoors on the go. 

Firefield Nightfall 4×50 Night Vision Monocular

The Firefield Nightfall 4×50 night vision monocular comes with a huge objective lens. This low-light monocular also features night vision capabilities that allow you to see in the dark. Just make sure that you use a tripod if you have shaky hands because spotting becomes difficult at high magnification if your tactical night vision monocular is not steady.

Our Verdict

I have found the Vortex Solo RT monocular a great option for range shooters, hunters, and land surveyors. However, a vortex night vision in this device could have made it the best monocular of both worlds (day and night).

It can effectively provide you with sharp and accurate reticle images at any range and allow you to make your shot calls with maximum efficiency due to its MRAD ranging reticle and quality optics. 

You can purchase your Vortex Solo RT monocular in-store or online directly from Vortex or from their authorized dealers located in different states.



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