Re: $198 Steiner Military Marine Bino\'s
For a little bit more money, also consider the Nikon ATB monarchs. Been extremely happy with mine and I would suspect optical clarity to be better then the Steiners. The Nikons are waterproof.
Another great buy are the Nikon EX Exteme binos. Just picked up a 12X50 and they are superb. The fact that I paid $145 is crazy. Will become my moderate to long range binos. A bit big but not very heavy.
No field experience yet as they are only a few weeks old.