What Z x W would you recommend for spotting a rock climbing route (up to about 30,40 meters high - standing in front of it)? Checking for cracks f.x., to estimate what cams you need to take with you and if bolts look safe.

Z in {8,10} and W in [25mm,50mm].

8x25 would be more stable, little less zoom, less bright and less weight


10x50 would be less stable, little more zoom, brighter and more weight.

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    I'm no climber but I've had a few pairs of binoculars. Assuming you're climbing in decent weather you don't need anything x50 (or even x42 unless the rock is very dark or you're looking into deep shade). 10x25 to 10x30 might be quite nice - you'll get good detail at that range. I've seen 10x25 monoculars which could save you some weight/bulk. Most monocs are more like 8x20.
    – Chris H
    Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 12:25
  • What kind of height of climb are we talking here? single pitch, multi pitch?
    – user2766
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 8:29

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In binocular I would say 8x25 for size and weight. I don't think you want weight or bulk of a 10x but if you are driving to the face then weight is not an issue. You can find some light 10x but for me at a 10x I like a longer binocular.

Field of view is not important in spotting a route. For weight (and volume) I would go with monocular but then ironically would go 10x. You don't have the weight issue. A longer 10x is physically easier to handle. You get higher quality lenses for the same money. For me a monocular is easier to stabilize as it is lighter and you can use two hands - I also shoot pistol. Take it up the route with you for site seeing at the top.

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