With a rugged rubberized body for solid gripping even in wet weather and waterproof and fogproof construction (that actually works), the Monarch is the most durable pair here. The optics are just as superb, with phase-corrected silver-alloy prisms and antireflective lenses that noticeably cut down snow glare on a high-alpine New Mexico hike. At last: high-quality binoculars you can throw in your pack without worrying about trashing them.
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