Somehow I do not like chunky body binoculars. But EII is simply the latest and best classic porro on the market. There is Nikon 8X32 SE, but the wide field of view counts in favor of EII. Comparison of EII with 50, 60-year-old optical jewels, simply isn't fair. EII has a better coating, wider field of view, is much brighter and it's sharpness surpasses most of the old-timers. It is not waterproof, neither are other classics. The only drawback for me is its soft hinge, especially when the temperatures are high.
Secon opinion: Simon Spiers, Brin Berst