Carrying a pair of binoculars won’t always be a nuisance for enthusiasts wanting to see the perfect view whether it be for birds, nature, wildlife, sports events or simply looking at your hunting target.
However, carrying along a too “heavy” binocular for long hours would weigh down even the most avid of hobbyists.
When you feel like you’re being dragged down by a heavy load with your binoculars, switching to a “lighter” pair will always spring a sigh of relief. If you don’t have an extra pair available, it is high time you consider buying yourself one.
To give you some ideas on which one to buy, we have listed down the top 10 best lightweight binoculars below. Check them out!
Top 10 Best Lightweight Binoculars
This Top 10 list is derived based on the binoculars’ weight primarily and of course the user rating should be high (above 4.5 stars) plus the number of users should be at least five (5) people to make the list. Check them out!
With a weight of 1.35 pounds (21.6 ounces), our 10th place position is taken by the Nikon 7577 MONARCH 5 10×42 binocular.
It has a very high user rating of 4.8 from 127 users so it must be really, really good.
It has a decent field of view of 288 feet and quite a long eye relief of 18.4mm so this binocular is good for those who wear eyeglasses.
Other features include:
- Made with Nikon’s premium ED (extra-low dispersion) glass resulting in clearer, sharper and brilliant images
- Lenses are fully multi-coated eco-glass which makes for efficient light transmittance
- Smooth central focus knob
- Turn and slide rubber eyecups
- Flip down lens caps
- Fog proof and waterproof
- Durable, ergonomic and non-slip grip rubber-armored body
With more than a hundred users rating this binocular really high, you can never go wrong with the Monarch 5 10×42.
In 9th place, having a weight of 1.323 pounds (21.16 ounces), is the Canon 10×30 Image Stabilization II Binoculars.
It is a Porro-prism type binocular that has superb image stabilization (IS) features which makes for sharp, virtually distortion-free images from edge to edge.
With its pretty decent field of view, this binocular is ideal for bird watching, travel, sports and other related outdoor activities.
It has an average rating of 4.6 stars from 50 users which is an indication that this is a great product.
- Maintains stable images at high magnification without the need for a tripod
- Vari-angle prisms to compensate and correct for external shaking
- High performance microcomputer with advanced algorithms which enhances image stabilization and ensures efficient operation
- Doublet field-flattener lenses in the eyepieces to correct field curvature and image degradation at the edges of the frame
- Battery-operated (alkaline or nickel-metal hydride)
- Lead-free glass
Coming in at 8th position is a binocular that has got a very high user rating of 4.9 stars, with a weight of 1.2 pounds (19.2 ounces), the Steiner AZ830 Binocular.
Included features are:
- Uses flexible silicon lens mount to absorb severe shock, impact and abuse without damage
- Comfortable to carry because of its compact design. It could fit neatly in your pack.
- Sports-Auto Focus System which lets you focus each eyepiece to your vision once and then keeps images razor sharp from 20 yards to infinity. No more chasing focus on moving objects!
- Makrolon housing which is made of durable polycarbonate with NBR Long Life rubber armoring
- Steiner’s Industry Leading Heritage Warranty
With just a shade over one pound, the 7th position is occupied by Leupold BX-1 Yosemite Porro Prism 6×30 Binoculars with a weight of 1.063 pounds.
It has a pretty high average user rating of 4.8 from 97 user reviews. In all of the lightweight binoculars in this list, this one has the widest FOV at 420 feet so if you prefer to see more of the views, this binocular will definitely give you what you want.
It also has a long eye relief at 18.5mm which is excellent for those who wear glasses.
Other features are:
- Smooth focusing via the center knob
- Twist-up eyecups design
- Coated armor which is rugged and waterproof
- Ergonomically design to give you a great feel
From 6th to 1st place is where you would find binoculars weighing less than a pound. So if you’re really looking for light-as models, be sure to check all of them out.
Going back to our listings, in 6th place is the Bushnell Trophy XLT Roof Prism 8x32mm Binoculars with a weight of 0.969 pound.
It has a wide field of view of 393 feet and long eye relief @ 16.5mm. This binocular is rated at 4.6 stars from 111 users so pretty impressive!
- Stunning HD clarity optics
- Delivers really bright and razor-sharp images because of the fully multicoated optics
- Dura-Grip rubber-armored housing
- Soft-touch thumb grips on the side of the body for great ergonomics
- Waterproof and fogproof
- Fast focus system
- Objective lenses with flip covers
Occupying the 5th place position are the Pentax Papilio II Binocular series.
The 6.5×21 has a higher user rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars from 34 users compare to the 8.5×21 which got a 4.8 from 29 users. Nevertheless, these two (2) models are definitely highly rated binoculars so you can’t go wrong with either of them.
The Papilio II series binoculars have a very near close-focus capability – 1.7 feet – which is why users love to use them to look at insects and butterflies.
Some of the common features are:
- Fully multi-coated optics
- Unique Uni-body design
- Aspherical lens elements provide outstanding edge-to-edge sharpness
- Synchronized eyepiece adjustment
Having a weight of 0.619 pound, the Nikon 8218 Trailblazer 10X25 Hunting Binoculars landed 4th in our list.
This is an all-terrain-binocular that is waterproof and fogproof with a sleek and lightweight body.
It has a really good user rating, 4.7 out of 5 stars from 170 users which is really incredible.
Included features are:
- Lead-and arsenic-free Eco-Glass optics
- With Bak4 prisms
- Rubber coating for a more comfortable grip
- Multiple layers of anti-reflective compounds offer crisp, sharp viewing
- Lifetime full warranty
In 3rd place is the Travelite VI binocular series from Nikon. Same as what we’ve done with the Pentax Papilio II series binoculars, we grouped the Travelite series in one rank as they basically are in the same group.
The Travelite VI models in this position are the 8×25, 10×25 and 12×25. The 8×25 is the lightest in this series with a weight of 0.581 pound, followed by the 10×25 with 0.594 pound and last, but not least, is the 12×25 with a weight of 0.606 pound.
Some features of the Travelite series are:
- Multicoated optics
- Larger central focusing knob for smooth operation
- Compact rubber coated design for easy grip
- BaK4 high index prisms
- Click-type diopter adjustment ring for precise settings
2nd place is taken by the Bushnell Powerview 8×25 Porro Binocular with a weight of 0.569 pound.
More than two hundred (200) users have evaluated this binocular and they ended up with an average rating of 4.6 which is an incredible achievement.
- Fully coated optics for a brighter image
- Fold-down eyecups
- BaK-7 prisms and multi-coated optics for superior resolution and image clarity
- Non-slip rubber armor that is rugged and shock-absorbing,
- InstaFocus system
- Wide-angled view
- Limited lifetime warranty
And in our top spot is the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Compact Folding Roof Prism Binoculars, 10 x 25-mm, Black with a weight of 0.506 pound.
It has a high user rating of 4.7 stars, coming out from the more than 60 people who bought it.
This is a compact-folding binocular that has excellent quality optics that provides stunning and high definition, super clear images.
Other features are:
- Premium carry case
- Microfiber lens cloth
- Deluxe binocular harness
- Exceptional optics with BaK-4 prisms, ED Prime Glass, Ultra Wide Band Coatings
- RainGuard HD water-repellent lens coating
- Lightweight, magnesium chassis and soft touch grips
- Waterproof and fogproof
Top 10 Best Lightweight Binoculars Table Summary
Here is a tabulated summary of our Top 10 Lightweight Binoculars:
Based on the above list, the weight of the binoculars range from half a pound to less than one-and-a-half pounds – men, these are all lightweight! From 1st place up to 6th place, all binoculars weigh less than a pound.
You might notice in 3rd place, we just put the Nikon Travelite models in the same rank because they are from the same series anyway, so no need to rank them differently.
The user ratings are all on the upper end of the 5-star rating as well, with the lowest rated binocular having a 4.6 rating. The number of user reviews is pretty high as well which means that the product rating was based from a significant number of people.
You can sort the table by clicking the arrows on the columns. If you want to see which model got the longest eye relief or the widest field of view, just click on relevant columns and you’ll see the table adjust accordingly.
Other interesting facts that can be seen from the table:
- Most binoculars listed are of the Porro prism type
- The highest rated binocular has a 4.9 user rating
- The most number of user reviews is more than two hundred (200)
- The widest FOV is 420 feet @ 1000 yards while the lowest is 220 feet
- The shortest close focus capability is 1.7 feet!
- The longest eye relief is 18.5mm and the shortest is 10mm
Summary & Conclusion
Looking at different things using a binocular is indeed a wonderful and pleasurable hobby. However, carrying a heavy binocular for long periods of time may negate the fun in it and would make you feel tired about it.
Having a pair of lightweight binoculars is a great solution for this dilemma. It would never take away the enjoyment on your outdoor activities.
The lightest being the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10×25 Compact Folding Binoculars.
Hope you find this valuable and see you on our next coming articles.