Field Tested: Bushnell H2O 10 x 25 Binoculars

An extremely compact set of binoculars that fits easily in a jacket pocket

Intel: www.bushnell.com; ($44.95); 12 oz. (with case); 4 x 2.75 in.

If you want economy, compactness and light weight, these are your babies. These are perfect for throwing in the dry box, stowing in a jacket pocket, adding to a day pack. They have good magnification, but don't let in the light of a larger bino, so a bit limited in low light settings, but great in full light. The strap is a bit of a pain to install, but comfortable once in place. In addition, I like the rough grip surface and waterproof properties.

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