Published on June 25th, 2013 | by Greg0
Brunton Eterna: Packable, Powerful Waterproof Binoculars
It’s easy to take vision for granted. If you’re used to seeing music in intimate venues and only watching games with your local high school basketball team, then coming to New York City and visiting one of the big concert or sports venues can be a shocking experience. At Madison Square Garden and the new Barclays Arena, the sight lines are good, but if you’re in the cheap seats, you can still end up squinting and trying to figure out which team is which. Even for auditoriums and outdoor concerts, you’ll probably enjoy the show more with a better view. And if you’re a bird watcher or hiker, you want to see where you’re going or what you’re tracking/listening to.
The Brunton Eterna 10×25 Waterproof Compact Binoculars are a great way to get a better view, privately, without paying for the upgrade to a front row seat or disturbing the wildlife. We used them indoors and outside, dropped them a few times, and took them out for a spin during a storm- and thanks to the rugged build quality and excellent optics, came away with both an appreciation for lenses and the sturdy construction of these. They barely have a scratch!
The tagline is “made to pack; small enough for your pocket but tough enough for your truck bed”. We don’t have a truck bed, but we did have several concerts, recitals, graduations, and a couple of hiking trips over the last month or so. Luckily for us, these fit easily into a purse (or a large jacket pocket), and weigh a svelte 12 ounces. They aren’t bulky either, thanks to an alloy frame. What separates these from the random cheap pair you may find- optical quality. Multiple lens coatings, top of the line BaK 4 prism glass, and the nitrogen-filled body aren’t cheap, but these feel (and perform) like models twice the price, without feeling delicate. You can focus each eye separately, and if you wear glasses and have had issues in the past, you’ll be happy to know that they’ve improved vastly, and what they call a multi-step eye relief system makes it easier for you to use the Eterna compact binocs. We were able to spot a bird in a tree from 50 feet, and the 10x power indicates that level of magnification.
We might’ve liked slightly better ergonomics- these tended to slip a little. Brunton offers a wide range of options at every price range; these are perfect for field use when weight and size are an issue, but you also want something durable and able to handle inclement weather without an issue. We’ve seen other Brunton gear before and always come away impressed, these are no different. The Eterna 10×25 Compact Binoculars might not seem sexy on the outside, but offer plenty of tech on the inside, and are remarkably crisp, clear, and powerful for their size and weight. A neck strap and “binoglove” lens caps are included, and expect to pay $260 or so, available now online and in stores.