Gear Review: Nikon Ecobins

There's no lead or arsenic in these green-glassed binoculars.

Green Gear
Most optical glass contains lead and arsenic, but not Nikon's Eco-Glass, which the company developed to reduce its impact. The Ecobins also come with a non-chloride rubber body free of inks and dyes, and a strap made from fast-growing eucalyptus wood. But do they perform? Thumbs up, say our testers. These 10x25 binocs deliver impressive clarity for their trim size and weight. "Great for spotting raptors high in the pines," said an editor who used them throughout a summer and fall in the Rockies. Their waterproof construction kept them from fogging, and the compact dimensions (3.5 x 4 inches) make them comfortable to wear around the neck and easy to stow in a lid pocket. Nitpick: The green color may be good for marketing, but try to find them in a meadow. $200; 13 oz.; nikon.com