Hawke Nature Trek 8x25 Monocular review

Hawke proves that quality optics don't have to come at a premium price

hawke nature trek 8x25 monocular hands on
(Image: © Gareth Bevan)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Hawke Nature Trek 8x25 is the most affordable monocular in its lineup, but you wouldn't guess it from the quality of the image this monocular provides, with a clear and sharp picture with minimal fringing. The narrow objective lens diameter isn't the largest but at only eight times magnification, it is easy to hold steady. Light and robust with a waterproof grippy body, this monocular is the perfect companion to throw in a pocket or bag for the casual walker or birder.


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    Fantastic optics for the price

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    Robust waterproof and nitrogen-sealed body

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    Light and compact


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    Focus ring can get stuck

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When looking for the best monoculars, you can get lost amongst the pricey options with companies like Zeiss offering premium optical claims for eyewatering prices. However, there are an increasing number of companies that are offering high-quality monoculars for more realistic prices.

Hawke has a wide range of optics products including some of the best binoculars and best spotting scopes around, but it also offers a range of quality monoculars separated into its slightly more premium Endurance line and its more affordable everyday Nature Trek product line.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.