Quick access to your optics can make or break a hunt, so check out these bino harness systems.
When you're glassing goats or closing in on elk, you need to keep your binos and rangefinder at the ready. Dozens of manufacturers sell bino harnesses, but the options can be overwhelming.
You can choose a deluxe option with room for accessories (like a wind checker), or opt for a low-profile strap system that won't weigh you down. Some accommodate binoculars of all sizes, while others aren't fit for your larger-sized western hunting optics.
Some things to look for when selecting a bino harness system include breathable fabric, quick-release design and lifetime warranty. With that in mind, these are some of the best options for hunters.
Badlands is one of the first names that comes to mind when you mention bino harnesses, and for good reason. The Badlands Bino XR and the Mag binocular case both receive rave reviews for magnetic closures and extreme durability, as well as generous storage for small items and a rain cover on the XR.
I'm a big fan of Mystery Ranch's high-quality packs, and the Quick Draw Bino Harness is no exception. This lightweight yet Cordura-strong chest harness is a great option for toting hunting binoculars in the backcountry. Side pockets provide plenty of storage, and MOLLE webbing allows for optional attachments such as a bear spray holster.
Alaska Guide Creations
Another big name in bino harnesses is Alaska Guide Creations, and the Kodiak C.U.B. with its tether system is a great value equipped with a lifetime warranty.
The Marsupial Gear Binocular Pack features a front zippered pocket, elastic pouches and a rear cell phone pocket for one-hand, easy access to gear in addition to your optics. Available in camo or solid colors, this harness system is incredibly quiet for added stealth in the field.
Sitka Mountain Optics Harness
The Sitka Mountain Optics Harness is a do-it-all utility piece that could just about carry everything you'd need at your fingertips for a minimalist's hunt. The silent, magnetic closure strap for the bino compartment is key, plus the removable, modular side pockets will keep accessories close at hand. The shoulder and torso straps are thin and not padded, unlike some of the others on this list, so some comfort may be sacrificed.
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