Originally Posted by etc
> the hydrophobic coatings are of no use to me. ......
I have a Swaro with hydrophobic coatings and I think they are worth it as they appear to be easier to clean and more importantly, harder to damage.
I'm intrigued by this notion of 'harder to damage'. How do you quantify this? Have you tried damaging HD and non-HD binoculars?
My brother pretended to damage my Leica Trinovids in our garage when I was a teenager - he swung a hammer at them and knocked a chip out of the objective lens, but that's by-the-by.