Yes, I had a Traveller 8x32 for a short while. I loved everything about them, except I had some bothersome glare issues with them. Otherwise, I would have kept them for sure. Very nice bins. Compact, light weight, sharp, crisp optics. Ultimately, I opted to spring for UVHD+ 8x32, which I knew are as good as it gets for compact 8x32s - not inexpensive, but worth the scratch.
About three months ago I realized that I wanted a decent pair of pockets to take with me on my daily walks on the trails behind our house so I got a pair of Zeiss Terra 8x25 EDs. I had gotten tired of the wight of a good 8x32 around my neck (20-22 oz) when I was mostly "taking a walk" as opposed to when I was out birding. I just wanted to be able to get a decent look at anything interesting that popped up.
As it has turned out, I find that I absolutely love the feeling of freedom I get with only 10.5oz around my neck on a RYO harness. For me it's been liberating to cut the wight around my neck in half. And I basically love the Terras -- Unlike other's I've had no issues with them at all -- the build has been great, the focus is very easy and solid, etc. -- But the one issue I have has nothing to do with the Terra's per se -- As a non eyeglass user I have to carefully balance them against my eyebrows....I've learned to do and it's become more natural, but the bottom line is that for me as good as the view is, it is not nearly as easy and comfortable as 8x32. I don't think that makes me unique. It seems to be more the norm than not.
But this brings me to the choices I'm now thinking about -- do I get myself a pair of the Zeiss Victory 8x25s and compromise on finicky eye placement...or do I get myself a pair of Traveller's or the new Monarch's and compromise on weight? I do miss not being able to just raise my binoculars and plop them into my sockets and have a perfect view when I use the pockets, and from what I've read in most of the great reviews of the Victory 8x25s, it is generally the eyeglass wearers who find them a realistic all-the-time binocular that can replace an 8x32. But that doesn't seem to be me based on my experience with the Terras.
So I'm really interested in trying the Travelers -- maybe they will be an excellent compromise for me....no one else is offering an 8x32 at under 16ozs that I'm aware of. Perhaps a small amount of flare and glare is a reasonable compromise? In any event I'm interested in this whole conversation.
Since since every bin is a compromise of one sort or another, I would love any comments from those who have used the Travellers and the Victories....where do you come down on that compromise? Or any other thoughts that bear on trying to get a really decent view with a minimum of weight around the neck.