Binoculars 7-12 (7) Pentax UCF X 8x25mm 10 ounces / P / $100 For close ranges, a good compact glass is plenty. Compact porro-prisms tend to be tougher than full-size models because they can use a full-length hinge, and this one does. (8) Cabela's Alaskan Guide 10x42mm 25 ounces / R / $550
The catalog company did a ton of testing before coming out with their own line of optics, and the testing paid off. The Alaskan Guides are lightweight and of very good quality.