By Amos Kwon
on 9.14.12
Photo by Fraser-Volpe

A solid pair of binoculars in the field is vital — and when you’re trying to avoid being run over by a fast-moving barge or spot a pal that’s gone overboard, they’re absolutely key. But in order to weather tough watersport conditions, they have to be rugged, too. Having supplied binoculars to the military for over 30 years, Fraser-Volpe has now ventured into the field of marine grade optics with their Mariner ($5,400) binoculars, and they’re built for the sea.

Based on their M25 military model, the Mariner utilizes STEDI-EYE® technology that eliminates up to 98% of image motion from unsteady hands or vibration and also incorporates night vision technology. You can have confidence in their image stabilization: Fraser-Volpe pioneered the technology to begin with. With 14X magnification and a field of view of 74m at 1,000 meters, they’ll be more than capable for whatever water-bound activity you pursue. The Mariner is even housed in a buoyant and highly visible yellow “boot” for when you inevitably drop them overboard. Just keep your eyes on what you’re cruising toward, rather than the bikini-clad babes on the beach.

Buy Now: $5,400

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