After going through a few pairs of cheap binoculars, I stumbled upon these. As soon as you pick these up you can tell there not cheap. They have a solid feeling with a rubber like coating for durability & easy grip. When I first looked through these, my first thought was "WOW!, These are nice". Very bright and clear. The focus is great, and doesn't need "fine tuning" as often as other pairs I have tried. I really like the lens caps that you can leave on all the time. You can flick them off with your pinky finger when you want to see something and they will just hang there. No more lost lens caps. The strap seems to be high quality and has several take-up sections for larger users. After trying many different brands including much higher priced ones, I quickly came back to the Alpen 10x42's. Although I haven't heard of the Alpen brand before this, I did some research and learned the company was formed by 2 former Bausch & Lomb managers, and their products are made in Japan & China. I am very happy with these binoculars. They serve me very well here in Alaska. You would be hard pressed to find a better set of binoculars for this price.
This review was written in the old system and had content requirements that are different than reviews written today.