Bushnell recently released their upgraded line of H2O waterproof binoculars. Their new aluminum body makes them light-weight and tough enough to be taken anywhere.
New H20 Waterproof Binocular Models:
- 7×50 Porro (MSRP $99.99)
- 8×25 FRP (MSRP $39.99)
- 8×42 FRP (MSRP $89.99)
- 8×42 Porro (MSRP $79.99)
- 10×42 FRP (MSRP $99.99)
- 10×42 Porro (MSRP $89.99)
- 10×25 FRP (MSRP $44.99)
- 12×42 Porro (MSRP $99.99)
- 12×25 FRP (MSRP $49.99)
Binoculars may seem pretty simple on the surface, but like any other piece of gear once you start seriously using them you may begin to better understand the nuance involved in their design. There’s more to a good pair of binoculars than just high magnification power. Good binoculars must balance weight, durability, image quality and price, and Bushnell’s new upgraded H2O line seems to do a good job of finding a happy medium between all of those factors.
While Bushnell’s original line of H2O binoculars was also advertised as waterproof, no specific promises were made regarding how deep or for how long. The improvements found on this new generation of H2O binos are sure to please those who spend time around water, as they have now been officially rated for being submergible up to one meter for up to 30 minutes without any seepage. If for some reason they do leak, they also include Bushnell’s 20-year Ironclad warranty. Between the improved waterproofing and warranty, one should not be afraid of treating these binoculars the way good gear was meant to be treated—rough.
They are constructed from a new aluminum chassis that not only makes the whole package lighter, but more durable than the old generation. This is great news for those who enjoy slogging through the bush with their binos strapped around their neck, as it should take a lot longer before these start to weigh you down. Holding them to your face for a prolonged amount of time should be easier as well.
All nine models also feature a textured rubber housing to ensure a good grip even after getting wet. This is a very good idea for binoculars primarily intended for marine use. The rubber housing should also provide added protection against being dropped if the rubber texturing proves to be insufficient for your butterfingers.
The optical quality has also been improved, a nice feature whether you’re using them to track game or just enjoying nature.
Models and Variations
The nine different models come in a variety of magnification strengths, objective lens sizes, and prices, so there should be a version that suits your needs and budget. Both Porro Prism and Folding Roof Prism (FRP) designs are available.
Available now with MSRPs ranging from $39.99 to $99.99, this new generation of Bushnell H2O waterproof binoculars seems like a solid choice. Whether your hobby is tracking game through wetlands or just birdwatching at the beach, Bushnell likely has the right tool for the job.
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