Conclusion: I've had mine for almost 6 yrs. They are the primary binoculars on board, we cruise full time and they see use EVERY day! They are light, comfortable, sharp focus, and the stabilization is a must for use on a boat. The only problem I have is the rubberized coating on the exterior is turning into a sticky goo. It sticks to hands, the case, anything it contacts.
Excerpt: The image stabilization works beautifully but if you get sunscreen lotion (or other oils) on the body, the surface will become a tacky black mess that will leave smears on anything that comes in contact with it. IMO, that's not a wise choice of material. Estimate: $350 to replace the body.
Excerpt: I bought these for use on a trip to AK, on board a cruise ship. I think they work well when viewing from a platform that is not as steady as when on firm ground. I'm an avid birder and find them to be quite nice for providing a slightly larger image than my 10 power binocs. The brightness is acceptable in daylight, but is quite a bit less so at dusk and dawn. I own several pairs of binoculars and my current all-around favorites are the new 10X Swarovski EL Swarovisions.
Pros: Lightweight, Steady image
Cons: 3 year warranty, Cheap eyecups, Not waterprooffogproof, Poor close focus, Poor diopter adj
Excerpt: I use these binocs for birding and really like the clear image and extra magnification I can get with the image stabilization. They are not too heavy. There is an apparent design flaw I feel with the eye cups though. I wear glasses - bifocals - and find it is very easy to touch the lens of my glasses against the binocular lens with the eye cups folded down. Other eye cups I have used fold down half way and your glasses rest against the folded eye cup.