Field Tested: Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8 x 42 Binoculars

A light, mid-sized binocular that is water- and fog-proof

Intel: www.eagleoptics.com; $329.99; 23.6 oz. 5.8 x 5.1 in.

A great all-around bino. The Ranger is relatively light (mid-size), combines adequate magnification with strong light collection, comes both water and fog proof, and features superior optical quality. The rubberized grip provides some extra friction, which makes it less likely that your expensive new piece of glass will end up at the bottom of a lake, river, or ocean. The Eagle website also provides some helpful tutorials on features and use.

Click below to read about each set of binoculars:

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Extremely compact and fits in a jacket pocket.


Maven B3 8×30

Exceptional performance for a larger budget.


West Marine Shoreline 10×50

The best for dusk and darker conditions.


Nikon Monarch 7 8×30

Powerful, yet compact..


Bushnell Legend 10×3

High quality mid sized binoculars.


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