I once thought it would be great to carry binoculars for backpacking. But after carrying them several trips, I found I just didn't use them. They were a nice compact and lightweight pair, too.
I did the same thing a few years ago - invested about $180 in a lighweight, compact set of binocs for my pack. May have used them once in all that time. They've been collecting dust on the shelf for about 3 years.