GPO Pas­sion ED

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

• 8x32 • $390 • Two-po­si­tion eye­cups

It’s hard to de­scribe a $400 binoc­u­lar as a bar­gain, but this 8x32 GPO ac­tu­ally is. Its pre­mium ex­tra-low-dis­per­sion glass is a rar­ity at this price point, and its tight con­struc­tion and pre­cise han­dling make it a very use­ful and durable field op­tic. We liked its over­size focus wheel and com­pact­ness that en­ables one-hand op­er­a­tion. It tied with Swarovski’s Com­pan­ion CL in low-light per­for­mance, and turned in a rich, con­trasty im­age and the widest field of view in the com­pact binoc­u­lar cat­e­gory. The short­com­ings of the Gpo—the name stands for Ger­man Pre­ci­sion Op­tics, a bit of a mis­nomer since prod­ucts are sourced from Asia—in­clude a boxy, busi­nesslike frame and some stray­ing of the focus con­trol. But the Pas­sion’s solid con­struc­tion, ex­cel­lent glass, and no-questions war­ranty give it the value edge over op­tics that might cost less but won’t last as long.

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