If you will be taking your binoculars into wet conditions or even out on a boat, it's vital to have a sturdy pair that are waterproof. There is a wide range of waterproof binoculars on the market, from entry-level to high-end image-stabilizing binoculars. Regardless of your budget, you should have no problem finding the best binoculars for your needs.
Nikon Action EX Extreme ATB 7X35
Priced between $100 and $145 (as of 2010), the Nikon Action EX Extreme is a budget option for waterproof binoculars. This Nikon has multi-coated lenses and Bak4 high-index prisms, which provides high resolution images. The eye cups twist out for adjustable eye relief, perfect for those wearing glasses. The body of the binoculars is ergonomic and has a rubber coating for a non-slip grip. The Nikon Action EX Extreme is both waterproof and fog proof with sealed o-rings. It has a magnification of 7 with a 35 mm objective lens. The field of view for the Nikon Action is 487 feet from a range of 1,000 yards. In addition, these binoculars come with a 25-year "no fault" warranty, according to Consumer Search.
Steiner 7x50 Marine Binoculars
The Steiner 7x50 Marine Binoculars offer the high-performance synonymous with the Steiner brand at a low, under-$500 price tag. The Steiner 7x50 Marine has multi-coated optics, which are perfect for low-light environments. It also has a black rubber coating for a sure grip when wet. In addition, it has a long, 20 mm eye relief, perfect for glasses and sunglasses. Waterproof and shockproof, these Steiner binoculars are good for taking it out into a variety of demanding environments. The Steiner comes with a web strap as well as an objective lens cap. It offers a magnification of 7 with a 50 mm objective lens. The field of view on this Steiner is 354 feet from a range of 1,000 yards. It comes with the Steiner Sports-AutoFocus system so that once the binoculars are adjusted for the user no readjustment is necessary. The Steiner Marine comes with a limited 10-year warranty.
Nikon 14x40 StabilEyes VR Image Stabilized Binoculars
This Nikon is perfect for taking out on the water as it has digital image stabilization technology for easier viewing when looking through the binoculars from a boat, helicopter or other moving position. The image stabilization capability is powered by four AAA batteries, which have a battery life of six hours. In addition, the binoculars are fully waterproof and fog-proof. The Nikon has a magnification of 14 with a 40 mm objective lens. From 1,000 yards, the Nikon 14x40 StabilEyes has a field of view of 209 feet.