SLC 56 **
▶ A bulked-up version of the classic SLC, the 15x56mm version has the best balance of the field, and we liked the pebbly grip, thumb detents, and beefy focus wheel. It handily won the resolution test and tied with the Nikon for low-light performance. But the best measure of an oversize binocular is the quality of its periphery, since users scan the image from edge to edge before panning the optic. The Swarovski delivers a crisp image all the way to its edges. For the price, we expected a tripod adapter, but that'll run you another $100. (Swarovskioptik.com)
Weight: 42.3 oz.