I have the "classic" version of that 7X26.
My understanding is that the Elite model is an improvement and superb in every way.
A "keeper" for lifetime.
You actually let those go too?!!
"Had" is sad in this case.
I've done that with a few nice binoculars over the years , let them go and wish I hadn't . Never bought any binocular twice though , not yet anyways . About a month or so ago I was following the sale of a pair of 7x26 Elite Custom's that were in like new condition . Around $200 , good price . After a week or two I decided to go for it and they were gone , didn't know if they were sold or withdrawn . Lost while snoozing , oh well . Binoculars come and go , some stick around longer than others .