The new Zeiss Victory Pocket 8x25's are wonderful compact binoculars with very easy, inviting, wide views.
For me, they represent the next step in pocket binoculars with class leading wide (60 degrees), bright, sharp and comfortable views that are a step up from to Zeiss Terra ED's and Swaro CL Pocket 8x25"s. Form factor is wonderful too. So both the views and handling of the new Zeiss Victory Pocket are class leading.
They can be put away in their largish case in the same configuration you use them. No need to fold them or retract their eyecups. That alone is wonderful.
These new small binoculars are made in Japan to very high standards and have the characteristic Zeiss T* LotuTec look of the coatings and are very bright and contrasty. Definitely a step up from the Terra ED's. Compared to the Swaro's they have a much wider field that is quite sharp to the edge, but less so than the Swaro's.
If you love widish fields and superb optics with ditto mechanics, the new Zeiss Victory Pocket's are hard to beat. That is for people who use their right hand to focus, as I do. Because their asymmetric design is best for right-handed users. If you are a Swarovski fan/owner and want very small binoculars, you will still enjoy the Swaro CL Pockets a lot.
Only time will tell how well these new Zeiss from Japan age, but their feel is wonderful.
At this moment, the new Zeiss Pocket 8x25's lead the field IMHO, with their briljant, wide views in a very comfortable to use ergonomic form factor.
Mechanically they feel just superb too.
I get the impression someone at Zeiss took the Terra ED's and said to the engineers: "just improve these to the best of your ability and create a new reference pair of pocket binoculars worthy of the Zeiss heritage". I think they just did that.
Prices are comparable to those of the Swarovski CL Pocket's, but more than double the price of the Terra ED 8x25's. The Zeiss Terra ED bang for the buck is still unbeaten and are more compact if stowed away in their case. I enjoy the new Zeiss Victory Pocket 8x25 immensely and find them well worth their steep price. Hence they were added to my Zeiss Victory family.
YMMV of course
Zeiss Victory FL Family portrait with from left to right my FL 10x56, FL 7x42 and Pocket 8x25 FL: