Those are actually pretty comparable, IMO, with a small edge going to the Leupolds for warranty reasons. I think there are better choices than those available, however.
Take a look at these:http://swfa.com/Zen-Ray-10x42-ZRS-HD-Binocular-P46911.aspx
These are supposed to be improved over the previous generation ZRS. I bought a pair of the older ZRS and would put them ahead of the Monarch/Cascades.http://swfa.com/Vortex-10x42-DiamondBack-Binocular-P10847.aspx
I like these as well. I think they are a little softer, however.http://swfa.com/Zen-Ray-10x43-Zen-ED-Binocular-P41876.aspx
These are the bee's knees in this price range. They are my primary binocular right now, and they are really, really good.
Edited by Bitterroot Bulls - October/01/2010 at 13:09