The Best Compact Binoculars: Leica 10X25 Ultravid

I’m looking for new binoculars for hiking and climbing. I want some optical power, but they can't be too big or heavy. What do you suggest?

May 3, 2012
Outside Magazine
Leica Ultravid

Leica Ultravid    Photo: Courtesy of Leica


At the higher end are Leica’s 10X25 Ultravid binoculars ($799). These are really nice glasses, with a machined-aluminum housing and super high-quality lenses. Like the Magellans, they're waterproof and nitrogen-purged to eliminate fogging. They’re plenty expensive, but for serious scoping they can’t be beat.

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