I'm looking for a modestly priced but decent quality compact, waterproof (or, at least, water resistant) binocular in the 6x to 8x range. I would be carrying them in a dry bag on the deck of my kayak or on a strap around my neck. Anyone have experience with compact binos in the $100 range?
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Not in that range|
Posted by: taj on Jan-27-14 10:34 AM (EST)
Posted by: trout on Jan-27-14 11:36 AM (EST)
Posted by: jmyers on Jan-27-14 12:06 PM (EST)
I have decent quality Nikon bins but they're neither compact nor waterproof, qualities I think would be essential for sea kayaking. I have read some favorable reviews for the Leupold Yosemite 6x30 and the more compact Rogue 8x25. Both are waterproof/fogproof with at least a 15mm eye relief. The Yosemite focuses down to 10 feet but isn't really compact and I don't know if 6x will be adequate. They're both bargain priced at less than $100. Perhaps a monocular would be a better choice for paddling.
Check the articles section|
Posted by: taj on Jan-27-14 12:13 PM (EST)
Tamia (In the Same Boat column) has written 4 articles on optics. Here's a link to one: http://www.paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat675.html
This is the website to study|
Posted by: pikabike on Jan-27-14 1:31 PM (EST)
My binocs are not that compact and they're above your stated price range. (I love 'em.) But I got the info to help me choose what brand and model from the same overall website.
Consider a monocular instead|
Posted by: BNystrom on Jan-28-14 7:14 AM (EST)
Monoculars are much more compact and you get better optics for a given price range. They also work better one-handed.
Posted by: jpc on Jan-28-14 7:18 AM (EST)
Posted by: rblturtle on Jan-28-14 7:56 AM (EST)
I have had many,and for canoe use to much power is a handycap due to the boat motion. 6x is probibly the best max. I accidentally stumbled onto a great binoc for app 25$! Olympus 7X21 PC III. They are reverse porro prisms,small,real lite, and optically unbelivable for the price. They are not waterproof,but I carryed expensive,heavy waterproof binocs for years and never got them wet-I decided ,considering the low cost to play the odds and take these. I liked then so much I ordered 4 more-one for a spare and the rest I gave away as gifts.
Oh no, jpc!|
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Jan-28-14 8:55 AM (EST)
Not to step on no heels or nuthin', but that looks like it'll give ya a bad case of that there Planter's fascia, Mr. Peanut.
Minox BF or BV 8X25|
Posted by: c-runner on Jan-28-14 9:51 AM (EST)
Check out the Minox line of binoculars. I have their 8X25--small, lightweight, waterproof. About $130. I also have an old waterproof Brunton monocular, 6X30. Both are excellent for on-water kayak use.
Also the Minox Monocular|
Posted by: taj on Jan-28-14 10:21 AM (EST)
is great. And has the slide focus that CWDH was talking about. Its my take along when I'm too lazy to pack the little compacts. (Now that's lazy, right?)
A monocular might work|
Posted by: jmyers on Jan-28-14 1:35 PM (EST)
I've found a couple of inexpensive models that would fit nicely into the pocket of my PFD: the Vortex Solo 8x25 has 15mm eye relief but only focuses down to 16 feet; the Celestron 8x25 Outland has a 14mm eye relief but can be focused as close as 6.5 feet. The Vortex cost $50, the Celestron is only $30 which makes me wonder about its quality.
Posted by: Wayne_Smith on Jan-28-14 2:22 PM (EST)
I always had binocs for years until I went blind in one eye a couple of years ago. I bought a waterproof monocular after that, and have found all the benefits mentioned above - easier to use, more compact, and better quality at the same price.
Posted by: RockyRaab on Jan-28-14 7:21 PM (EST)
You are wise to stick to lower powers, because above 8X in a kaynoe is extremely hard to hold still enough to see anything.
Posted by: carldelo on Jan-28-14 11:02 PM (EST)
Those Bushnells look like a pair that I left in a rental car years ago --- B&H has them for a song (less than I paid in 1991), it may be time to finally replace them. I have some very nice Birding binocs, but I'd NEVER take those in a kayak, they're just too sweet to risk.
The Bushnell H2O|
Posted by: jmyers on Jan-29-14 8:05 AM (EST)
Looks like a good casual glass for kayaking except for the 13.5 eye relief which is barely adequate for anyone wearing glasses/sunglasses. My Nikon birding bins have 15mm eye relief and I think that's about what I'd consider minimal.
Posted by: rblturtle on Jan-29-14 8:29 AM (EST)
I found a very small and lite monocular I now always carry in my thwart bag. It is an Audubon 6X16.It is optically good,and unlike my expensive,heavy binoculars,I always have it with me. My big heavy optics gather dust on the shelf. It is not waterprof,but inexpensive if ruined. It has been on countless paddles with me and stayed dry.
Posted by: ppine on Jan-29-14 11:11 AM (EST)
It is handy to watch wildlife and identify landmarks. On open water, they are handy for keeping track of companions. I like the inexpensive rubber armored pairs that are fairly small for paddling like Nikon.
Binoc and monocs...|
Posted by: mckennaroad on Jan-29-14 11:10 AM (EST)
I would join the chorus recommending you check out a monocular for paddling for all the reasons cited. I appreciate the Vortex models and recommend Eagle Optics as a source. Here's a link:
Brunton eterna monocular.........|
Posted by: blackboat on Jan-29-14 10:05 PM (EST)
6X30............don't get 8 power, too wiggly from a kayak...........good glass.......hundred buck range..bomber build.........totally waterproof.