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I need to get my 15 year old son some binoculars for Christmas.  The old pair he's been using have come apart.  I'm not ready to trust him with my good ones all the time (they might go through a mud hole hanging off the side of the four wheeler), so I want something decent, 7X or 8X, for $150 or less.  Recommendations?
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Pentax PCF WP II 8x40 Porro Prism/FOV 300'

Bushnell Legend 8x42 Porro Prism/FOV 430'
(he might like the free deluxe backpack available until 12-31-06)

Nikon Action Extreme ATB 8x40 Porro Prism/FOV 429'

Leupold Mesa 8x42 Porro Prism/FOV 341'

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Pentax PCF WP II 8x40 Porro Prism is a sharp, bright, excellent binocular. Unfortunately it also has a narow field of view for an 8x, so it's up to you to decide if that is important or not. But they are tough and may survive. 

 

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I would not hesitate getting the Pentax PCF WPII.  Here is my novice review.

 

http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=5142&PN=1

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Most of the porros are OK, 8x40, as listed.  If you can manage some roof prism Nikons, they have a pretty good warranty, and are rugged. Nikon Monarch 8x36 for about 250. If he actually loses them, then get the porros.Less money, more weight.

If optics are not a huge deal, some net friends liked Bushnell Excursion 8x28 for about 100 dollars. Waterproof. Do not get the 10x28 version, I had them and could not stand all the focusing and twiddling needed.The 8x28 are tolerable.
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I am not sure of exactly what quality level you are considering but how about the Leupold Yosemite 6x30s? They were designed with kids in mind, granted a 15 year old isn't quite the kid I think they were going for but these bins are anything but childish.

 

Field of view, depth of field, brightness and overall ease of use are excellent and they are waterproof to boot. $99 most places.

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