Intel: www.nikonsportoptics.com; ($379.95); 15.3 oz,; 4.6 x 4.8 in.

Another terrific blend of power and compactness. The Monarch 7 combines small size and weight with adequate magnification and illumination. Not quite pocket size, but very manageable in a dry box and some impressive optical quality, in addition to being waterproof. A great all-around choice.

Click below to read about each set of binoculars:

Bushnell Legend 10×3

High quality mid sized binoculars.


Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8×42

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


Bushnell H2O 10×25

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.


Binoculars for Boaters 101

What you need to know about binoculars for paddling trips.