Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Need a waterproof binocular for kayaking

I'm a kayaker and spend a lot of time on and near water. I'd like to bring a binocular along, but I'm worried about getting it wet.  I know most binoculars are waterproof, but does that really guarantee anything?  What other considerations should I be addressing?


Kevin H.


Dear Kevin,

Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics.

It's true that most modern binoculars have the waterproof feature.  That means the barrels are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust and debris from entering and compromising the inside of the instrument.  The quality of the O-ring seal is concurrent with general build quality of the binocular. However, as long as the binocular has at least a Limited Lifetime Warranty,  any malfunction of the O-ring would be covered under that manufacturer warranty. 

For kayaking, canoeing or any boating, it's smart to stay with a low magnification binocular. A 6x, 7x, or 8x would be adequate, and easier to hold steady while your feet aren't on solid ground.

If you have any other questions, or need recommendations to suit your budget, please give us a call.


Eagle Optics

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