Well I've always wanted an amazing pair and the chance is coming up now that I have to watch a race for a few days at a distance. Here are some top choices, but here are some facts:

• Most of these come in 8x or 10x zoom. The main issue with 10x is that you get a narrow field of view and you oftentimes have a lot of shake
• 42mm vs 32mm lenses. The 42mm are much better at light gathering, but the 32mm are much lighter and more practical if it isn't dark.
• In general, quality comes with price, so if you are a birder or you want it to last spend as much as you can. That being said, the value really falls off when you go from $1K to$2k.

Allaboutbirds.org has a great list and they have semi-objective reviews done by the Cornell Ornithology Lab. The most interesting thing is that you can spend $2-3k (?!!) on some amazing binoculars rated at 4.8/5.0: • Zeiss Victory T*HT 8x42 • Zeiss Victory T*FL 8x32 But in the midrange of$1K or so  there is some glass at half the price rated at 4.7/5.0:"

• Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42
• Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32. This one really feels like a sweet spot being light and high quality.

Then in the lower end of $500 or so, I've always been lusting after at these 4.5/5.0 • Nikon Monarch 7 8x42 • Opticron Bonaro BGA HD 8x42 Another review site, creatively named BestBinocularReviews doesn't have objective criteria, but gives some other things to consider: • Swarovski Swarovision EL 10x32. Well this one really have zoom as was also highly rated by Allaboutbirds, but was just a touch under the Zeiss (97/100 on the BBR scale). something to consider because he found them as bright as 8x42 and it has a very wide fov because of large exit pupil of 6.9 degrees • Hawke Sapphire ED 8x42. The main thing is the wide field of view. 8 degrees fov which is excellent for 8x. Here are some sources for the Zeiss Conquest HD • Staples (of all places).$970. This is 5x points from Chase Ink Plus (10% off effectively) or 3x points from Bank of America (22-30% off effectively) and this works.
• Bass Pro Shops. $999. This is 4x points from Bank of America (32% effectively valuing points at 8%) but I've not confirmed this link actually works. • Rakuten.$900 with 3x points, of (24% off effectively) from BoA.

Then there is Outdoor Life, focused on hunting, they provide a similar perspective:

• Zeiss Victory T*HT 10x42. Probably the brightest binoculars in the world (?!)
• Nikon Monarch 7 8x42. Their best buy

Mid-size binoculars:

• Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32. Like the birders, this was the winner inthe mid range