While once reserved for military use, night vision goggles are now finding a whole lot of other uses for a whole lot of other activities. Whether you’re camping, hunting in low-light conditions, or playing the incredibly popular game of airsoft at midnight, night vision goggles allow you to easily and tactfully view what the naked eye cannot perceive. When it comes to airsoft night vision goggles for tactical games or night-time jaunts, even the replica ones, that’s a piece of gear you don’t want to skimp on. There’s a major, major difference between grabbing any old pair of goggles and the newer ones available in the market today. In fact, it’s the outdated gear that’ll ultimately prove useless, while the quality pair you’ve invested in will allow you to operate with the best visibility possible.
One thing you need to know and remember is that when it comes to airsoft, “night vision goggles” actually refers to its entire line of binoculars, scopes, and more, and not just goggles, per se. So, finding the best night vision goggles to fit your needs and budget is much easier if you read about it in our useful guide below. To that end, here are the 13 best airsoft night vision goggles, including replicas.
How To Choose The Best Airsoft Night Vision Goggles?
Any piece of airsoft eye gear needs to be picked with care, whether it’s night vision goggles or the Best Anti-Fog Airsoft Goggles. Also, since night vision goggles refer to the entire lineup of night vision gear, there are slightly more aspects you need to consider before you go buying them. So, what are they? Read on.
Night vision goggles are usually categorized by “generation,” with each generation defined by a particular technology. They’re listed below:
- Generation Zero: This 1950s-developed night vision device uses infrared light for illuminating the image being viewed.
- Generation One: Developed during the Vietnam War era, these bulky devices, a.k.a. “starlight scopes,” use a series of connected image intensifier tubes.
- Generation Two: These 1970s-developed devices employ microchannel plates eliminating the need for connected tubes. They were a vast improvement on both the image quality as well as the bulky size of the devices.
- Generation Three: Finally, we come to the latest Gen 3 ones, which is characterized by the development of an ion-barrier film and gallium arsenide photocathode on the microchannel plate. Essentially, they facilitate clear images under darker conditions and at longer distances.
Night vision goggles basically use existing light, and they do it in one of the following ways:
- Enhancement Devices: These utilize light reflected from a source besides the object you’re observing by gathering all available light – ambient light, starlight, moonlight, and then amplify it. This is where you’ll find most of the night vision equipment in the market, ranging from very expensive to cheap. What’s more, they fall under two sub-categories, digital and optical devices. Digital devices rely on light-processing LCDs and electronics, and are very affordable, lightweight, and offer sharp images. Optical devices, on the other hand, rely on lenses for collecting tiny amounts of reflected light and then enhancing that into an intensifier tube filled with a light-sensitive material. They’re heavy, bulky, and incredibly expensive.
- Thermal Devices: Thermal devices, meanwhile, read or see the temperature or the light that’s directly given off by the object in the form of heat. These are able to capture see very minute temperature differences as well as interpret changes in colored images. While being absolutely precise, they’re often outside the budget.
Which is the best overall night vision gear?
Our vote goes to the all-around Yukon NV Goggles, which are well-designed, lightweight, and come with a sleek, ergonomic body. Besides being durable, these goggles can be used to see with optimal clarity even in complete darkness. Moreover, you can easily switch between night vision and your own eyesight. Rounding up the features is the pulse infrared illuminator, multicoated optics, and battery life of 40 hours.
Armasight Spark-G Night Vision Goggle
One excellent pair of airsoft night vision goggles is Armasight Spark-G Night Vision Goggle. The goggles feature the CORE (Ceramic Optical Ruggedized Engine) technology developed by the brand for helping lessen the distortion around the edges of the image. What’s more, the technology is also what makes the internal mechanisms of this night vision device less fragile, allowing you to use it in harsher conditions and for a long period of time as well. Also, you don’t have to worry about bumping it or dropping it, as the device can endure all that. Going further, it’s lightweight, compact, and can be worn around your head for hands-free viewing thanks to the flip-up headgear included. It also possesses easy-to-understand and simple controls that can be adjusted easily, along with being waterproof. So, if you’re looking for clear images with rugged dependability, then this is it.
- Rugged and durable.
- Features Armasight’s CORE technology for clearer images.
- Can be mounted on the head.
- The vision might not be clear during rainy sessions.
Night Optics D-2MV Gen 1+ Night Vision Goggle
One of the best airsoft replica night vision goggles is the Night Optics D-2MV Gen 1+ NVGs. The night vision goggles are the built-in sensor that protects against bright light exposure. They are also lightweight, easy to focus, and have excellent depth perception thanks to the dual-tube design. Thus, they boast a crystal-clear image even in the weakest of low-light conditions. Besides being well-designed, built, as well as being durable, the device boasts a battery with an extra-long life. What’s more, these Gen 1+ goggles aren’t bulky at all and weigh less than 1 lbs. The best part? Thanks to the adjustable band that goes around the head, this device can be mounted on just about anything! All in all, they make for the perfect piece of gear for the average die-hard airsofter.
- Excellent night vision.
- Can be mounted on anything.
- Easy to focus.
ESS Eyewear Profile Night Vision Compatible Goggles
ESS makes excellent eyewear, including the ESS Eyewear Profile Night Vision Compatible Goggles, a great pair of airsoft night vision goggles. There’s a lot to like about these low-profile goggles, starting with the fact that it boasts a full-perimeter filtration and ventilation system that filters splashes, dust, and airborne particles and minimizes lens fogging. Designed with the direction of the elite United States Special Forces, the goggles also feature advanced ClearZone FlowCoat polycarbonate ballistic lenses. These provide an optimal combination of anti-fog coating on the inside of the lens as well as anti-scratch coating on the outside of the lens. These battle-tested goggles also provide accurate and sharp optical precision that’s free of distortion. Finally, the helmet also comes an easy on/off patented outrigger system straps for finding the optimal customization of fit.
- Easy to put on and take off straps.
- Ballistic polycarbonate lenses.
- The lens is anti-scratch and anti-fog.
- Full-perimeter filtration and ventilation system.
- On the pricier side.
Bushnell LYNX Gen 1 Night Vision Binoculars
Bushnell is a brand famed for designing high-quality optics, and their Bushnell LYNX Gen 1 Night Vision Binoculars are no different. These excellent replica airsoft night vision goggles boast a sleek design and feature an in-built infrared illuminator for viewing up to a distance as far as 270 feet in pitch dark conditions! Add to that a wide field of view, and this makes for a very valuable asset for a nighttime airsoft game on the battlefield. Furthermore, this weather-resistant device operates very nicely on two simple triple-A batteries. Weighing just 1 lb, these lightweight and easy, and comfortable to use binoculars can even be used for longer times in longer games. If that wasn’t enough, the durable rubberized body helps protect the delicate internal machinations from impacts such as drops and bumps. It’s no surprise that they’re well-loved by all levels of airsofters.
- Comfortable and easy to use.
- Can see up to 270 feet in pitch-dark conditions.
- Some users found it too small to handle.
- Cannot be used during the day.
Pulsar Edge Night Vision Goggles
When it comes to image resolution, it’s hard to beat the Pulsar Edge Night Vision Goggles, which are excellent for night-time airsoft games. The one-of-a-kind combination of Gen Super image intensifier tubes and R-contact optics work together to provide the highest edge-to-edge resolution on this list. In fact, the image performance is the best that’s ever been seen in what is an inexpensive consumer night vision setup. Besides all of the above, the night vision goggles are lightweight and feature a five-lens eyepiece that increases image contrast and sharpness while minimizing distortion throughout the wide entire field of view. What’s more, they also come with a soft rubber eyecup that traps any light that’s emitted for better concealment. Wrapping up the superb features of these goggles is that it comes with the compact head mount for hands-free night vision viewing.
- Superior levels of image resolution.
- Comes with a compact head mount.
- Five-lens eyepiece.
- Extremely expensive.
Superior Tactical PVS-7 Gen 3
Next on the list is an excellent waterproof airsoft replica model, the Superior Tactical PVS-7 Gen 3 Night Vision Goggles. The durable and versatile goggles are special because they can not only be mounted on your helmet but also can be held in your hand easily. Boast mil-spec compliant housing, the goggles are weather-resistant and lightweight and can withstand the harshest weather conditions. Moreover, these robust night-vision goggles boast a 40-degree field of view as well as a crystal-clear 1x magnification. If that wasn’t enough, they’re outfitted with the brand’s third-generation of intensifier tubes, which provide incredible levels of clarity. Boasting a battery life of 50 hours, the goggles even have internal indicators which indicate that when the infrared illumination source has been switched on and when the battery is running low.
- Wide and clear field of view.
- Long battery life.
- Internal indicators for battery life and other things.
- Robust and durable.
- The batteries wear out quickly.
Yukon NV Goggles
An all-around pair of airsoft night vision goggles are the Yukon NV Goggles. These lightweight and well-designed pair of goggles feature a rubberized and ergonomic body that lends it a swish and sleek appearance, all while maintaining durability. What’s more, these goggles are designed to maintain optimal clarity in not just low-light conditions, but also in pitch-black ones and total darkness. Moreover, the design also allows you to flip the optics up when you’re not using them, so you can easily switch between night vision and your own eyesight. Designed to offer about 40 hours of battery life, the 24mm diameter of the lens offers superb levels of 1x magnification. Plus, the multicoated optics work beautifully to provide clear images, while the pulse infrared illuminator is what provides light for this device to work. Overall, they’re a great pair of comfy night vision goggles sans frills.
- Can switch between night vision and regular vision easily.
- Durable and good to look at.
- Extremely expensive.
XaegisTac XTG07 Tactical Airsoft Goggles
If you’re looking for traditional night vision goggles, then consider then XaegisTac XTG07 Tactical Airsoft Goggles. Featuring a polycarbonate frame and lens, the goggles feature an anti-scratch and anti-fog coating, along with superb night vision capabilities and a crystal-clear vision. That, along with the full seal wraparound design ensures a wide field of vision, enhancing your gameplay. The completely adjustable elastic strap keeps the goggles firmly in place on your head. Moreover, you’ll even find eco-friendly EVA foam on the inside, leaving your helmet feeling both comfortable and durable. Besides being fog-resistant, the high-impact lens also boasts superior levels of impact resistance, along with interchangeable lenses in clear, green, and grey. All in all, these are a great pair of traditional night vision goggles to buy.
- Adjustable elastic strap.
- Interhcangebale lenses.
- EVA foam inner.
- Wide field of vision.
- The lenses are difficult to switch.
ATN PVS-7 Gen 3W
Another pair of high-performing airsoft eyewear is the ATN PVS-7 Gen 3W Night Vision Goggles. Why they’re so coveted is because these goggles are a standard issue for the ground troops of the United States Army! So, these goggles will work exceptionally well in the most unfavorable of conditions. The durable and high-performance goggles come with a complete U.S. Mil-Spec body that’s very sleek. They feature fully adjustable straps allowing you to comfortably mount them on your helmet and your head. The cherry on top is that these goggles are waterproof and even boast an infrared illumination source, which means you can see clearly even when it’s pitch black. Aside from 50-hour battery life, the goggles also come with a head mount assembly, demist shield, soft carrying case, packing box, lens cap, and a quick F1.2, 26 mm lens system.
- Long battery life.
- Sleek body.
- Hysteresis in the optics adjustments
Armasight Nyx-7 QSi Gen 2+
The Armasight Nyx-7 QSi Gen 2+ is one pair of nifty night vision goggles that’s perfect for hands-free use, which is a blessing on the airsoft field. These goggles are designed using high-grade, Gen 2+ image intensifier tubes, making these an excellent choice for using in complete darkness. This is thanks to the infrared light source that illuminates the surroundings and assist in providing clear and bright images of the nighttime surroundings. These goggles are compact, lightweight, rugged, and waterproof, and built with the highest grade and most reliable optics out there. Above all, they can be used with a universal head or helmet mount, thus providing flexibility on night hunts and tactical missions. Finally, these goggles come with a soft carrying case, operations manual, lens tissue, lens cap, and a battery adapter.
- Comes with a lot of additional accessories.
- Gen 2+ image intensifier tubes.
- Compact and lightweight.
- Very expensive.
Night Owl Optics NOBG1
The Night Owl Optics NOBG1 is yet another excellent pair of airsoft night vision goggles. The goggles are a military-style system designed to be used with a helmet or a head mask for hands-free operation. The night vision device boasts a hinged quick-release mount that allows you to flip or slide the goggle up, right out of your field of view. What’s more, you can even detach it for using the device as a hand-held binocular in case you do need it that way. In addition, these tactical goggles offer a non-magnified, 1x image with an excellent and wide field of view. Plus, these also come with F1.4 lenses that better your depth perception and a light sensor for automatically cutting off power. The latter is done for preventing the intensifier tubes from burning out if the goggles are exposed to a light source that could be potentially damaging.
- Light sensor.
- F1.4 lenses for bettering depth perception.
- Can be hand-held or worn on the head.
- The chin strap is slightly weak.
Sightmark SM15070 Ghost Hunter
A great replica for airsoft night vision goggles is the Sightmark SM15070 Ghost Hunter. Field-tested and approved by the North American Hunting Club, these night vision goggles employ a dual-tube system for comfortable and easy viewing. A dual system is easier on the eyes as opposed to a single-tube system. What’s more, the Ghost Hunter can also be head-mounted on your helmet or head for hands-free operation. Plus, it can be hand-held for quick deployment when you’re scouring or targets on the battlefield. The night vision goggles also come with a 1x magnification and a high-powered infrared illuminator, both of which work together and ensure a crystal-clear image in low-light conditions and even complete darkness. Rounding up the feature is the automatic shut-off feature that turns the device off for saving battery when it senses bright light exposure.
- Both handheld and can be mounted on the head.
- Dual-tube system for easy and comfy viewing.
- Automatic shutoff feature.
- The field of view is slightly small.
Solomark Night Vision Monocular
Sitting atop the list of best airsoft night vision goggles is the Solomark Night Vision Monocular. This rather unique night vision “monocular” is an affordable option for newbie airsofters who’re looking to experiment with night hunts for the first time. Despite being priced so affordably, these goggles are exceptionally functional and have a whole lot of additional features. For instance, it comes with a three-level IR LED illuminator, an integrated color LCD screen, a high sensitivity sensor, and even multi-coated glass objectives. It’s these bunch of features that give you the ability to view in the pitch black of the darkness, and that too with all the possible brightness you’d want. If that wasn’t enough, you can do that at distances of up to 328 feet. Wrapping up the features of this excellent night vision monocular is the ability to capture videos and take photos for post-excursion viewing.
- Comes with a ton of features.
- Can view in pitch darkness up to long distances of more than 300 feet.