I have not had the privelege of looking through the Excursions but I did look at the Excursion EX and I was not particularly thrilled with the unit I was examining. Edge performance was poor as was the alignment of both barrels.
I would suggest you consider one of two options. As for the last month or so the price of the Bushnell Legends has come down well over $100...at least for the 8x42 model. They were originally selling over $300 but are now down at $209 several places. These are definitely a step up from the Excursions and Excursion EXs. The reason for that price decrease is because Bushnell is coming out with the Legend Ultra ED. An ED version of the Legen with a notably wider field of view.....which leads me to my second suggestion. I have seen the Legend Ultras (not yet available) listed for as low as $240 though $290 seems the going rate. You might want to wait a bit and consider them as well.
The Zen Ray ZRS model which retails right at the $200 price point might also be worth considering as I know of several individuals who already have them on order with high expectations.
Just some things to think about.