Celestron Cavalry 10X50 Binoculars
Credit: Photograph by Michael Pirrocco

A good pair of eyes are everything for outdoorsmen – or birder – and Celestron's Cavalry 10x50 binocs are the ultimate pairing of fine-tuned performance with a rugged build able to withstand the rigors of real world use. That translates to a hearty but soft rubber wrap around the housing that makes it fully waterproof, and ensures a comfortable grip in any weather condition.

It also makes them nick, ding, and drop resistant. All of that means nothing if the optics themselves aren't up to snuff, and as with all Celestron gear (a company best known for its telescopes) the Cavalry produces razor sharp views, thanks to high-grade BaK-4 prisms, multicoated optics, and large, light-grabbing 50-mm objective lenses that perform well even at dawn or dusk. [$90; bespokepost.com]