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I'm wanting a set of lightweight binoculars and looking for suggestions. I currently have these:

http://swfa.com/Pentax-8x42-DCF-CS-B...ar-P45823.aspx

And I think they are awesome. I've put them up against much higher priced binos and they've held their own. However they are bigger and heavier than I prefer for light hiking, backpacking, etc. I'm looking for a compact set of binos that weigh significantly less. I don't need a large objective or high magnification. In fact, I'd say 8X is the max I'd want and something 5-6X would be fine. Something with less than 30mm objectives and weight under 12 ounces would be ideal.

Anyone have experience with one they like? I'd set the price point around $500.

Right now I'm leaning towards the leica trinovids. However there is a set of steiner 8.5X26 wildlife pro binos on the sample list that I'm eyeing. 
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I was in the same boat...I ended up settling on the vortex viper 8x28s and couldn't be happier. Not quite the glass as the alpha compacts...but practically speaking, I could hardly tell a difference...and the were easier for me to hold steady when out of breath. Inexpensive too. Good luck.
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Obviously the are not pocket size/weight...but darn close. Great bargin at $320!
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How does their glass compare with the steiner wildlife? I'm a bit concerned because I've looked through many vortex viper (and PST) riflescopes and have never been impressed. I do own a Razor spotting scope though.
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http://swfa.com/Sightron-8x32-SII-Blue-Sky-Binocular-P48426.aspx

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Look for reviews here or birding forums
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