Let's face it. You can pretty much spend as little or as much on binoculars as you want. Take these two for example: the Tasco Essentials 8x21 Binocular (Black) or the Carl Zeiss Optical Inc Victory RF Binoculars (10x45 T RF).
Sticker shock, huh?
That's ok, though. The question is not about budgeting for a pair of binoculars, since there's a pair for EVERY budget. The downside of that is that there are just so many to choose from.
I wanted to upgrade from a pair of very old 7x32 Tasco binos to a pair of 10x50 max. I figured anything over 10x would require a tripod. I don't have a lot of money to throw around, so I settled on these.
They serve their function well, but they don't feel anywhere near as rugged (as described) as any other pair of binoculars I've ever handled. I wouldn't feel comfortable taking them on anything more strenuous than say, a day hike.
I found that with other binoculars, I could focus using the center wheel, then adjust the right eye piece to match the clarity and I would never have to mess with the right eye adjustment again. With this pair, I'm finding that I have to refocus both with every third or fourth use.
One of my major complaints about these binoculars is the fact that the lens covers are not attached. If I want to get a quick look at something, I don't want to have to fumble around finding somewhere to put the lens covers. Sure, I could modify them, but it bugs me a little that I have to.
The case is horrible, in my opinion. It is soft sided vinyl with a Velcro closure. This will provide scratch protection but NOT impact protection. As for the closure, if you're bird watching or scouting game, you should probably already have them out because once you rip the Velcro open... bye, bye birdy, so to speak.
The other thing about the case is the strap. At full extension, when I wear it cross shoulder style, (think Sam Browne belt) it's right up under my arm. Very uncomfortable.
As long as we're on the subject of straps, this one has a soft(ish) nylon strap, adjustable, about 11mm in width. The edges are pliable and sit very comfortably around your neck. The strap also has a much more reasonable length adjustment. There is such a stark contrast in binocular/case construction material that it just screams "outsource".
Far from being top of the line binoculars, they still deliver a crisp, clear, undistorted view from edge to edge, even in very low light.
If you can spend more for a pair of binoculars, then by all means do so. However, if you're on a budget like me, I think you'll find these are a very good value at this price level.
I had to knock a star off because of the unattached lens covers and the dismal case.
As the title indicates, if you are willing to accept the shortcomings I mentioned, then I would definitely recommend these. I don't plan on upgrading anytime soon. Modifying, yes. Upgrading, no.