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The Best Compact Binoculars: Olympus Magellan 8x25

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?

Olympus Magellan 8x25 binoculars

Olympus Magellan 8x25     Photo: Courtesy of Olympus

A:Olympus also makes a nice line of compact binoculars. Take a look at their Magellan 8X25 glasses ($169). Eight-power zoom is easier to handle than 10-power, and it's fine for most viewing. The Magellans are waterproof, have a rubber coating to help with grip, and come with nitrogen-purged lenses to reduce fogging.

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