My favorite binoculars are the Nikon 7223 Action 16 X 50mm binocs. Binoculars really aren’t that complicated, so much of what I like about them has to do with feel, comfort, zoom, and ease of use.
As for feel, the texture of Nikon’s newer binoculars is just right; they are just tacky enough, and do not get too hot or cold to the touch, which can happen with other binoculars during the summer or winter.
The grip and eye pieces are also quite comfortable, and the focus feels solid and works perfectly.
And, finally, the zoom is 16X, which allows one to see with clarity over great distances. There really isn’t anything that I hate about these binoculars. Features of a binocular that I do not like include those that are metal (which are both heavy and often cold to the touch, which is uncomfortable on one’s eye socket), those that are too small to zoom very far, thus making them almost more frustrating to use than having none at all.
These binoculars work very well in the rain and seem to be completely waterproof.
And, yes, I bought these and use them primarily for bird watching, which I do quite frequently. I do not generally take them to sporting events, unless it’s a football game, and I have not been to one of those in years.
As I said, I use them primarily for birding, and they make the experience quite pleasurable. It is very rewarding when I can see a rare bird far away, such as a Harrier hawk, and I can see the detail in it’s face, tail and chest that I need to see in order to identify it!