If you can stretch a little bit further, then the Opticron Verano are an amazing bino. They are about £300 and when I've compared them with bins of +£1k, there is not much difference. I've got the 8x42s. They've taken some hammer as well and are still performing amazingly!
The Opticron Countryman are (I think) pretty much the same as my old spec Verano (the pair I have) and are cheaper than the (new) Verano too.
If any birder's are in the room and are interested then my replacement binoculars have arrived and I love them. Yes, there is a little colour disfiguration on the tips of the rubber but I'm only talking a bout a few mills of colour change, which would have happened if I'd had them from new anyway.
So, a big thumbs up from me for saving one hundred and fifty notes on ex-demo binoculars.
If anybody is in the market for binoculars then I'm on my second pair of Vikings and its second-hand all the way for top notch quality.