Originally Posted by ironmanbldr
So - do I need to start over here? The first requirement of any option would be water resistance/proofness. What options are still on the table?
Most good binoc's are waterproof to some level. I would discuss the details with sales people or search by model on the internet reviews. Vortex, Nikon, Bushnell, Leupold for sure market as waterproof, but I have not seen a depth listed. There is of course no use for submerged binocs so that's not what there made for, but I'm sure most would handle a few PSI at least (1psi=2.41 feet of submergence). In an upside down boat they should be ok but I wouldn't want them to be that way for long, probably just because they may not be there once the boat is righted. I have mine carabinered to my frame most of the time, but when things get hairy, I'll put them in my day box. I have bushnell elite 10x42's FWIW-got a great deal otherwise I'd have Vortex Viper's due mostly to warranty. Unconditional, lifetime of the product - not original owner. Best warranty in existence and since I want them out sitting next to me in the boat that would be outstanding peace of mind. Mine (bushnell's) have seen two boating seasons (in the boat ~50/50), 3 hunting seasons and they live in my truck in their case. They still look nearly new. Hope that helps. Bushnell advertises a good warranty, but the forums tend to indicate not such great service. I got mine for very cheap so I thought I'd chance the future warranty issues...