Designed to handle the wettest of conditions, the 12x42 arrangement on these Bushnell H2O binoculars makes them best suited to those who not only go out in all types of weather but who also require greater image detail and a further reach than what the lower power models can provide. This high power does restrict the field of view and reduce their ability to deliver a bright image in low light conditions. Which is why this model’s ideal working environment will be wide open spaces, that you would encounter in the mountains, out on the plains or at the coast where viewing distances are greater and the available light is generally better. The 15mm of eye-relief should be fine in most cases, however, should you wear glasses and need an extra long eye-relief you may wish to consider the 10x42 model instead.
The H2O series from Bushnell is a diverse collection of binoculars that includes a wide choice of both Roof and Porro prism models. As the name suggests, this is designed with water in mind and by that I mean they are tailored to either accompany you on the water in a boat, yacht or ship or be the instrument you can trust when out in the field and the weather turns nasty. In terms of their standing, this largely a value-priced range and will appeal to those shopping on a relatively tight budget, but require a good level of performance.
As you would expect on a series designed to be used around water, all Bushnell H2O binoculars are naturally fully O-ring sealed and thus waterproof. These seals are also important in dry conditions, preventing dust from getting into the system. What is more, the air inside has been replaced with nitrogen to protect the internal glass surfaces from fogging. A defining feature on all H2O binoculars is the distinctive armour on the exterior of the housing. Not only for the protection of the optics that it covers, this highly textured soft rubber presents you with a very high grip surface to securely hold onto even wet, with or without gloves on. All models within the H2O series come with a centrally positioned, easy to reach, focus wheel, diopter adjustment, and twist-up eyecups to ensure they can be perfectly calibrated to your particular needs.
The H2O binoculars are Multi-Coated which means that most, but not all the glass surfaces have a special anti-reflection material applied to them. This is usually the outer objective and eyepiece lenses that are coated and helps them transmit more light than untreated glass for a brighter and better quality view. However, it is important to note that whilst they cost more, higher-end binoculars like those in the Bushnell Marine series are Fully Multi-Coated meaning that every surface throughout the whole pathway is treated for an even brighter and higher quality image. With either Roof or Porro prism models to choose from, all are made from good quality BaK-4 optical glass.
Depending on the exact model, but most Bushnell H2O binoculars come supplied with a soft carry case, padded neck strap, cleaning cloth and protective objective lens and eyepiece covers.
All H2O binoculars are covered by the Bushnell standard 30-year warranty.