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[quote name='Deerstalker' timestamp='1433240862' post='601487']

A big chest pocket might be enough for some, but my point is that they're no good in your pack if you're hunting.


Not trying to take a shot at you with this. After all, the guys making those harnesses, etc. got my money. And a lot of very good binoculars come with a crappy little vinyl neck strap. Just saying that the flat piece of nylon on the Steiners works great for me. Partially that's because the Steiners are so light and compact, compared to, say, a pair of porro prism 7 x 50s. And precisely because they're so light and compact, I keep them around my neck (or under my arm) and not in a pack. Even though the Zeiss are heavier, they're still small enough to wear on my chest without any discomfort.

+1 on the Steiner Marine. <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />

That is what I use 99% of the time for the exact same reasons. I just happened across a good sale on blue rubber armored ones at West Marine about a decade ago - no real magic in choosing them at the time. I liked them because they were compact and not too high in magnification.

What I have in the city and also highly recommend is an off brand: "Navy One 7x50's" by Weems & Plath.

[Image: 7x50-navy-one-binocular.jpg]

These things are great but a bit heavy. They are also "focus-free" but much much clearer, brighter and more comfortable than the Steiners but also more expensive. From what I recall when I bought them (around the same time as the Steiners), it is made to the same specs as binoculars used by the US Navy.
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I have a pair of 8X40 Swedish Aimpoint binoculars that I have used for over a quarter of a century. They are armoured and roof prism design with individual eye focus instead of the central dial. They were second hand but that was the way I can afford stuff like this.

I wanted to see if ten power would be better and bought a pair of new Bushnells, just to see before buying Zeiss, Swarovski or Vortex....Leica is too far out of my price range. The Bushnells work fine....and I believe that their products are better since Bausch & Lomb merged with them many years ago. Their Elite scopes are great and I had one on my 700 varminter in fixed 10X.

I now use a Kimber in. 300 Win Mag and have a Vortex 4-16X and Vortex makes an excellent product.

But back to binos....every time I go to buy new binos, I ask myself why? I already have great binoculars....but if some Leicas show up at slap me silly prices...I will spend my pesos.

As ML said a camera lense kit is a wise investment, a hunting partner of mine kept spraying his lenses with cleaner and wiping them with a bandana and removed all coatings in one season. The proper tool is a lense kit.

Hopefully the S won't HTF and I pray every day that it won't. It would not be fun.

I have a high art..I wound with cruelty, all who wound me...Archillocus; 650 B.C.
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[quote name='Deerstalker' timestamp='1433240862' post='601487']

....they're no good in your pack if you're hunting.


..... I keep them around my neck (or under my arm) and not in a pack.



We are 100% on the same page ML, all good <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />

I included the link to demonstrate the concept & stimulate discussion rather than promote a specific product.

Mission accomplished I reckon ..... <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/wink3.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':wink3:' />

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