This month we have a pair of OPMOD Waterproof 10×42 Binoculars sponsored by our friends at http://www.opticsplanet.com. While I didn’t get exactly what I wanted or was hoping for I still got a pretty decent product. This was a pretty simple review for me as all I really did was stay very close to my house and test them inside and outside to give them different light and weather conditions. First lets start with the specs.
Obj.Lens Dia.: 42mm
Type Of Prism: BAK4
Prism Coating: yes
Number Of Lens: 8 pieces/6 groups
Lens Coating: Fully multi-coated, Phase coating
Focus System: Center
Focusing Lens: Internal
Exit Pupil Diameter: 4.17mm
Exit Pupil Distance: 15mm
Field Of View: 6.3° (330ft at 1000 yards / 131m at 1000m)
Min. Focal Length: 2 meters
Diopter System: Right eye piece
Diopter Compensation: ±4
Interpupillary Distance: 55mm – 73mm
Weather Proof: yes
Waterproof: yes, 1 meter for 10 minutes
Nitrogen Filled: yes
Eyecups System: Twist-up
Silica Gel: yes
Dimensions: 34mm x 125mm x 52mm
Weight: 700 gm
Warranty: Limited lifetime repair or replacement
With a list price of $249.99 and an Optics Planet price of $149.99 with free shipping you won’t go broke but at the same time you won’t get the best pair out there, what’s the saying? You get what you pay for, in the case I that is accurate.
Let me now get to the tests I performed on these bad boys. I did quite a few and my favorite were definitely the water and snow tests. For the water test I wanted to put the waterproof feature to the test so I went to the creek out back which is about 3 feet and threw them in for about 5 minutes. While the specs say water proof in almost 4 feet for 10 minutes I didn’t want to over do it because I’m giving them away. Who wants a broken pair? They passed with flying colors, I patted them dry and let them sit for a while and then took a peek through and still as clear as when I first opened them. Now for the snow test, I wanted to see if they would fog up because if you’re out hunting, bird watching or whatever you want to be able to see. I left them outside in the snow for 10 minutes then set them on a table outside in 20 something degree weather then took a peek through and they were still good to go. I then took them inside and let them sit for about 30 seconds to fog them up. I was a disappointed when I didn’t see any fog. But hey that’s what a good pair should do in my opinion.
For ease of carrying they come with their own case and strap so you can either connect the strap to the case or binoculars so you can carry any way you want. They even come with their own nifty cleaning cloth so you can keep them shining like the day you got them.
While I would say if you have hundreds to spend on whatever you want then by all means get the most expensive pair you can find but if you are like everyone else in this economy then I would recommend this product so you can save a few bucks on the product and on the shipping. On a scale of 1-10 I would give this product a solid 7.
The binoculars can be found on http://www.opticsplanet.com or by following this link
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