Bushnell Marine (No. 137501)
Our Take: Well-made, comfortable, though heavy at 39-ounces, its unique indents for middle fingers add security when bouncing in a chop. It’s nitrogen-purged, saltwater corrosion-resistant and waterproof. Fold-down eyecups allow people wearing glasses to get closer to the lens. It’s rubber-coated and comes with a soft-vinyl carry case.
The Buzz: The lens caps are not attached.
Steiner 7x50 Marine
Our Take: This is German-made with German optics. Who could ask for more? It’s waterproof, fog-proof and shockproof. Features include a black rubber coating for a sure grip, fold-down eyecups and a rugged, super-padded, nearly bullet-proof zippered carry case.
The Buzz: A little on the chubby side — it’s heavy, 37-ounce weight could make extended viewing a chore.