Good Lookin’ Leica
Sight is the mariner’s most important sense, and tools that enhance visual acuity can be worth their weight in gold. Leica’s newest addition to its line of premium-priced, high-quality optics delivers brilliant viewing—and at $2,200 costs nearly its weight in gold—but for the sailor preferring an uncompromising pair of binoculars, the German-made Ultravid 7x42 HD is a navigator’s dream. Although they lack a compass, they do afford camera-lens quality resolution and their low-light gathering ability is truly astounding. The ergonomic two finger-focus adjuster, water-tight armored coating, and extendable eye cups round out their superior design.