With technology being such a significant part of our lives these days, it is easy for our children to miss out on the outdoor fun we had as kids. Living Squad is a family-orientated brand that designed its products with exploration and activity in mind. They encourage children to explore the outdoors and fall in love with nature with their unique products.
Living Squad strives for excellent quality products and is one of the best tech-free kids’ gadgets. You could call these binoculars a true optical device within a youthful body, making this a perfect gadget for young explorers seeking new discoveries.
Type of Binoculars
There are two types of binoculars: Porro Prism and Roof Prism. To help you understand what this means, let us start by explaining what prisms are. A prism is a triangular transparent object that refracts light against surfaces to separate white light into a color spectrum. In binoculars, prisms are pieces of glass that act as mirrors.
Prisms are used to reflect the incoming light from the objective lens to create an enlarged image for you to observe. The image generated by the objective lens is usually upside down, thus prisms are also responsible for reverting the image so you can see it the correct way around.
The Design of Living Squad Binoculars
The ergonomic binoculars will inevitably take a tumble, but luckily Living Squad kept this in mind when designing the product. The light and compact binoculars have a shockproof body made with aluminum and a rubber harness intended to absorb shock when it falls. Living Squad guarantees it will survive any accidents and because it is so light and compact, your children will have no problem taking it with them on all of their adventures.
Living Squad has designed the binoculars so that they have adjustable sizes and can be used with spectacles. The kids’ binoculars have rubber eyepieces to protect your little ones from injury or scratching their glasses. Just a quick tip-be sure you are looking through the right side of the binoculars. It sounds silly to mix up which end to look through. But because of the rubber eyepieces, people have gotten it wrong.
They have also included an anti-slip grip made from rubber on the sides of the binoculars to prevent it from falling out of sweaty or shaky palms. Living Squad refers to these grips as their ergonomic design because it creates a comfortable place for you to put your hands while preventing the binoculars from falling.
One of the activities suggested by the brand to take your binoculars on is boating. We haven’t personally tested this, but the manufacturer does claim that these binoculars are water-resistant. We don’t recommend, however, dropping it into a pool of water.
The Living Squad Binoculars come in an array of color combinations; green and dark blue, purple and light blue, dark blue and black, light blue and pink, and finally red and dark blue. The large color palette is to help kids generate an interest in the product as they are more likely to use the gadget that has their favorite color on it.
As mentioned above, the binoculars have foldable rubber eyepieces to prevent any injury to your young one’s eyes and scratching to their glasses. The binocular also includes an easy-to-install quick-release neck strap and wrist strap to prevent your kid from getting tangled up during their adventure.
The neck strap does not come pre-installed but don’t worry; it’s easy to do! You detach the strap from the buckle by squeezing the clips. You thread the lanyard with the buckle through the side holes found on the binoculars and then thread the buckle through the loop. Tighten it by pulling the buckle and reattach it to the straps. And you’re all set!
The Living Squad magnification strength is 8x. This is just great for kids, as a high-power binocular is more challenging to focus on, resulting in younger kids not being able to receive a clear image of what they’re looking for, which ruins all the fun.
An advantage of a moderate magnification is the larger exit pupil. The higher the magnification, the smaller the exit pupil. But what is an exit pupil? An exit pupil is a bright circle you see in the center of each eyepiece when you hold the binocular away from your eyes, with the lens pointing to bright light.
Why is the exit pupil important? The larger the diameter of this circle is, the brighter your view field will be, which is essential when using your binoculars in dark situations, such as viewing the stars. A pair of binoculars with a modest magnification enables a wider view, making expeditions more enjoyable for your children because they can see objects more easily and clearly.
Competing brands like Bresser Junior Compact Binoculars and National Geographic Children’s Binoculars struggle with their 6x magnification binoculars because kids can only view an object up to 6 times bigger; putting the Living Squad Binoculars ahead of their products.
Field of View (FoV)
The Field of View is the measurement of the width of the area you can see through your binoculars. The more powerful the magnification, the narrower your view will be. The Living Squad Binocular has a wide field of view of 366ft. This means that if you’re standing 1000 feet away from the object, you’re viewing when looking through the Living Squad Binoculars, your field of view is 366 feet wide.
A wider field of view makes expeditions like bird viewing easier because your kid can follow the bird’s movement around. A wider FoV makes targeting a moving object easier and a lot more entertaining.
Objective Lens Diameter
Before we talk about the objective lens diameter, we should probably explain what the objective lens is. The objective lens is the lens opposite the one you look into. More specifically, the lens at the opposite end of the binoculars to the eyepiece.
Living Squad has an objective lens diameter size of 21mm. The diameter size refers to the inside diameter of the objective lens. A larger objective diameter means the binocular has a greater light-collecting ability resulting in a higher resolution and brighter image. Although, a large-diameter objective lens means the binoculars are bigger and heavier. Thus, kid’s binoculars often have smaller objective lenses.
Regular binoculars have an objective lens diameter between 32 to 42mm. In comparison, the Living Squad Binoculars’ objective lens diameter is on the lower side. The disadvantage of this is that these binoculars would not be suitable to be used in dark situations, stopping you from having stargazing or nighttime spy adventures.
Interpupillary Distance (IPD)
The interpupillary distance is the measurement of the distance between your eyes. Living Squad has designed its binoculars to have an adjustable interpupillary distance; their distance ranges from 2 inches to 2.6 inches. This means you can customize it to your little one’s face.
A tip to ensure the binoculars will fit your child’s face – measure the distance between the center of your child’s eyes. To safely measure the distance, have your child stand up straight, looking straight ahead, and use a plastic ruler to measure from your right eye’s pupil to the left eye’s pupil. That will be your child’s interpupillary distance.
How to Focus the Binoculars
To ensure you properly focus the Living Squad Binoculars, they provide you with some tips. The below tips explain how to adjust the focus on the left and right eyepieces separately. Each side of the binoculars has a diopter adjustment dial, which is the eyepiece you look through.
Close your right eye, look through the binoculars and find an object with your left. Rotate the right eyepiece until the image is clear and precise.
Switch eyes. Close your left eye and look through the binoculars and find an object with your right. Once again, rotate the left eyepiece until the image is clear.
Open both eyes, and look through the binoculars and find an object to focus on. You should have a clear and focused image.
To focus after accounting for the differences between your eyes (the process above), you can simply use the center focus wheel.
What’s Inside the Box?
- A cleaning cloth,
- Neck strap,
- Wrist strap,
- Nylon case,
- The Living Squad Binoculars,
- Instruction manual.
We’re not the only ones that believe the Living Squad Binoculars are an excellent product for your kids to enjoy. Outdoors World has rated the Living Squad Binoculars as the Number 1 compact binoculars and binoculars for kids.
These binoculars would make a splendid companion for birdwatching, hiking, concerts, sporting events, boating, and hunting.
While this review is about their binoculars, Living Squad has another product that calls to their outdoor exploration junkies. They have a digital camera that doubles as a walkie-talkie; how cool! If you want to kit your kids out with an exploration pack, why not consider the Living Squad digital camera and walkie-talkies?
The walkie-talkie is a helpful tool for your child’s outdoor expeditions; it can be used to video record their findings and play music through its MP3 player to keep your child company. It comes equipped with rechargeable batteries, removable SD cards, and 32G of space.
Both the binoculars and digital camera/ walkie-talkies are great products that will be helpful on all your bird-watching and stargazing family expeditions.