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Bushnell is known for producing rock solid products to begin with. If they set out to produce something with over the top durability, you know it is going to be tough as nails. That is exactly what they have produced with the Bushnell H20.
Perfectly geared for those who work in the wetter climates or are commonly on boats, these are designed to be able to take what those environments give. They will last in the worst nature can throw at you. But that is not all they can do.
Bushnell has always had great glass. Their lenses are pretty much the top of the line in the normal consumer market. These are no exception to that rule. The same attention to detail has gone into every inch of production.
These aren’t a pocket binocular but a serious tool for the serious outdoorsman. Every piece and part have been designed to make them an amazing performer. Whatever task you apply them to, they will excel.
Take them on your next canoe trip or on your worst weather deer hunting and have no fear that they will last out the day and still do what you need done. They don’t compromise and will keep going long after you are done.
How Good are They?
Being built in an already durable frame and starting with the best quality glass is a perfect foundation for producing a superb quality product. When you add the legendary Bushnell lenses, you have the backbone of a great set of binoculars.
The glass in the 8x Bushnell H20s is their standard ED Prime that is extra-low dispersion to get more light into the binoculars for a clearer image. Combine that with extra large objective lenses and you will have the brightest image yet from a set of compact binoculars.
When you add in Bushnell’s multicoat, you add vibrance and the ultimate clarity to these already great lenses. They have no glare which is great, no matter where you use them but is vital on the water. The overall picture is clear, vibrant, and easy to spot details.
With rubberized armor, these binoculars shed water and have a very solid grip. The last thing you want is to lose these in a boat where you will never see them again. The texture is perfect for this type of binocular and very comfortable to use no matter your hobby.
With O-ring seals and a nitrogen purged interior, these are made to take the worst you can throw at them. They are waterproof and fog free. No water, dust, or anything else can get inside to cause damage to the precious internals. Built like this, they will last a lifetime.
They are made to handle the normal shock related abuses that binoculars may encounter. They can handle the occasional bump and bag from being in a boat or in a deer stand. They aren’t likely to be phased by anything in the normal realm of uses you put them through.
This is not an invitation to abuse them. They are a finely tuned piece of optical gear after all. But if you happen to drop them or dump them in the boat, they are likely to be fine. It will take more than that to cause any lasting damage.
Suitable for any environment in pretty much any conditions, you can take these anywhere with the confidence that they will come through without any lasting damage. No matter your hobby from sports watching to offshore fishing, these are the binoculars to have with you when you go.
What are the Negatives?
The first and most notable negative of these binoculars is the size. They are a little on the large side for something you want to pack with you into the woods. They may fit some pockets but you would be far better off storing them in a pack or on a neck lanyard.
Despite the size, they are still rather light weight at just over a pound. This makes them easy enough to deal with no matter where you pack them. If you have a large enough pocket, they can sit there without being in the way or dragging at your belt.
The other small negative is that the rubberized armor is prone to taking nicks and dings. Being soft enough to grip easily makes it susceptible to small amounts of damage. It should never be a real concern but it is worth noting.
With a little planning and care, you can negate all of these negatives. There is no reason that these small factors should do anything to harm the overall durability of the binoculars or your ability to use them.
The Final Word
If you want tough enough to stand up to the worst conditions in any part of this country, these are them. From the blistering cold of the north east to the incessant rain in the south east, they will perform. Even off shore or in the rugged southwest, you will have no problems.
All the while, they produce an image that is second to none and will perform any appropriate task you apply them to. If you want quality that will last, the Bushnell H2Os are precisely what you need and won’t break they bank. They deserve a top spot in any short list of binocular options.