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Old Monday 23rd May 2011, 23:16   #17
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[quote=etudiant;2148369]Admittedly, it is a bigger item to carry, but decent neoprene straps or harnesses make that a non issue.


Sounds kinky! Just kidding. But I mostly dislike neoprene--heavy and sweaty. I recently went back to a stock full-size (8.5 SV) after favoring mid-size for a few years, and I'll say that's worth the weight. I'll put up with it simply because it's so incredibly good. Would I be willing to carry more weight for a 10x50? I seriously doubt it. 10x42? The times I tried that format I didn't see anything more because of handshake--but that might just be me.

For "general birding" my opinion is stick with 8-8.5x42. It just works for everything.

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