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Best bino harness?
What is best bino harness? Mine has elastic straps and they are wore out. Do you like pouch or no pouch?
Liking my Kuiu, I also added the rangefinder pouch.
I love the Badlands with the magnetic closure. It really keeps the dust out and protects your lenses.
Like my marsupial my buddy got me on to
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I've got the older kuiu and the marsupial. Really like the marsupial, just wish they were a little quieter sliding binos in and out. I may add some felt runners to fix this. It sure is easier dumping debris/seeds out of them though.
What binos are you using? I have a Kuiu harness and using old style Leica Geovid 10x42s. Overall, I like the harness, but it is a tiny bit snug for those binos, plus it seems to collect twigs, leaves, etc when crawling through/under brush.
Sitkas latest version is the best I have used. Older models were ok but no comparison to the new.
All depends on what you want and how much you want to carry and what you want it for. For treestand deer hunting, I prefer no enclosed case. Just the elastic shoulder straps. Quick, quiet, simple. No real need for protection. For hunts that out put me out there for days, in bad weather and where I want my gps and rangefinder I really like my new alaska guide creations kiss max. Black orvis is the only place I know of that sells that model ( must be an exclusive to them) anyway my binos are easily accessible and well protected. Plus with its pockets, things are well organized.
I like the orinal crooked horn outfitters elastic shoulder harness without case. Im not protecting a Swarovski though.
I think it depends on the bino. I’ve got some 10x40 Zeiss that have just the reg old elastic with no pouch . I tried to put that same harness on some swaro 15x56 and they bounced all over the place . I got the bigger size Alaska Guide Creations and bounce is basically gone but man, that’s a big ol pouch on your chest . Kinda annoying sometimes .
I have the vortex razor hd's in 10x42s
In the end its a very personal choice. Lots of guys here saying kuiu. I personally hated it. Though it is very compact. That was a plus.
Kuiu - nope. Can’t stand the way the tethers hook to the binos but not the harness. If you put a rangefinder pouch they slide down your stomach. Poor design.
Sitka bivy - I liked it. It was slim and light weight. No real issues except a lack of space for other stuff
AGC cub - so far I LOVE this thing. By far the best of the 3. Lots of room and great fit.
Before I had the ACG k.i.s.s max, I had the cub. Both are great, I just wanted to try something different.
I've tried them all. And I've returned every one. I just can't get used to the sensation of having a small car on my chest! lol
I prefer simplicity. So I've gone back to the basics and love it! Crooked horn strap with the bino shield for protection. I walk miles with my 10x42 Zeiss Victory HT with no issues.
Caribou, agreed. I wonder how many guys who recommend kuiu have owned others?
I still prefer the KUIU, if you like I can give you a list of the ones I have owned.
I want one that is slim and simple, I'm already thick chested and wear a good size pack for elk hunting.
The newest version of Sitka is my go too with Mystery ranch a close second . AGC smallest version is solid. Could not get rid of the Kuiu harness fast enough. It sucked
If you would like to try the Outdoor Vision RIDGETOP bino harness, PM me and I will get you a discount code. No bounce, protects optics, streamlined, does not interfere with drawing your bow, etc. You can check it out at www.outdoorvisiongear.com.
I use a Sitka harness, no pouch. I like to be able to unhook my binos and leave the harness attached at times. The Sitka fits snug enough that I don’t know it is there.
Alaska Guide Creations Hybrid MAX Bino Harness. After trying many this is what I fell on last year. Has been solid.
Like or love the badlands their hook was an amazing feature. I can’t believe they took it off. The magnet required finesse to keep from slamming but once you got it down it was a non issue
Tried several, and to date, KUIU makes the bino harness I hate the least.
Anyone have the solo hunter? I believe it's just the horn hunter with their logo on it
I cant stand having another pack on my chest when bow hunting. The best harness for me is one similar to the Crookedhorn bino harness. I also have a light thin neoprene cover that goes over my binos.
My three current favorites:
1. Sitka 2. Outdoor Vision 3. AGC KISS Max
I’ve used most of them on the market, these are my favorites.
My binoculars came with a "strap" that wraps around my neck. I've tried a lot of the "chest packs" and they all seem in the way. This "strap" seems to work the best. True, it can't carry a rangefinder (mine came with a "belt case" that I attach to my pack) or GPS (which I store in my "pocket", which came free with my "pants".) The "Chest Packs" that I've tried all slow down my access to binoculars. That said, I remain tempted to try another one. I think I have a disorder.
Kuiu, although it looks like there are some good, newer options on the market.
Sitka's newest version is the best I've found.
Pav said it best and i agree...."Kuiu makes the one I hate the least"....
I am looking at some of the others mentioned here
I like thee Badlands one best. I have a KUIU one as well. It is hard to get on and off. In addition, it collects a lot of debris.
I tried several.. the one that I continue to use is the FHF bino harness
The Kuiu harness is by far the best in the industry. (That's why it is being copied by every one now)
I’ve tuna kuiu for 4 years now , while pretty good, a couple things I just want to fix. Get too much stuff inside still but it wasn’t too bad, it slides down a bit making getting the Bino back in difficult sometimes and I have small kids who always want to borrow my binos and the design sucks for that because the upper straps fall off your shoulders after you unhook.
I have an Outdoor Vision on the way after lots of research. Really liked the new Sitka bivy too.
For the guys that are using the Sitka bino harness can you clarify which one? Are you using the "bino bivy", which encloses your binos or using the "bino harness", that just keeps them tight to your chest uncovered?
Bino Bivy for me. I had the harness as well, but basically it is the same as a crooked horn, etc and won't provide any protection. The bivy is lighter and less bulky compared to the previous model imo.
I really like my FHF Gear Bino Harness. It doesnt seem too bulky like some of the others and it has a few pockets for tags, calls etc.
Kuiu for my hunting style but have not tried anything else I like others have said added the rangefinder pouch .
Don't like a pouch style. Got as Rick Young elastic harness and never looked back... allows for multiple carrying positions.
I like the outdoor vision harness due to how streamlined it is. And the fact the hood opens away from the user. So, a person can remove and return them one handed effortlessly. They work very well. Total protection too.
My favorite in the way they work and comfort is the cheap Allen bino shield. I swear I like them. Would never have tried the other three brands if this one wasn’t so noisy when cold. They work well.
My advice is if you aren’t going for a magnetic closure, just get the alps x bino pack. It works great considering it is loop closed and open toward the user. Both negatives for me.
What I like about the magnetic badlands is I can pull my binos out one handed without issue for those quick moments that something catches your eye. I also don't have to have them tied in, so I can hand them to someone or have them handy when I'm not wearing the harness. I wouldn't suggest them if you do a lot of belly crawling. I'll reiterate the hook, a fantastic feature for bow hunters.
"Tried several, and to date, KUIU makes the bino harness I hate the least. "
I'm with Pav on this one. Kuiu with separate top straps would be just about close to perfect. As is- it's frustratingly serviceable, but still better than most of the rest.
I haven't used them all in the field, but was looking to make a change from the KUIU this year. I bought an FHF and Alaskan Guide to try at home. Didn't like how either one of them opened up and the FHF was to snug for one hand operation. So I frankensteined my KUIU to be able to accept the Razco holster since I will be hunting in grizz country this fall. While I was at it I added a second set of straps to fix the problems when trying to put the binos back in with one hand. I also added a way to get your wind checker in and out with one hand from the side mesh pocket and lengthened the side straps off the harness so when you have a rangefinder holder on you can still unbuckle the strap easily. Going to do some field testing, but seems like it fixed many of the problems I had previously.
Rick Young harness for me. Light weight and doesn’t make me sweat. Can carry your binoculars several different ways.
If someone want to buy a KUIU harness and pouch, I will make them a sweet deal. I have never used the pouch. I have used the harness but it has not been used hard.
I will be in Africa for the next couple of weeks but can send photos when I get back.
Please PM if you are interested.
Alaska Guide Creations.. Binos, range finder, predator call.. perfect..
Second Rick Young harness.
Personally i like the Badlands Bino XR and ive also used the Bino Mag. Using the XR i have my tags, windchecker, rangefinder, and binos all in one spot
Have been using the old Badlands harness for probably 10 years now. In the dusty country where I spend most of my time, it’s a life saver as keeping my optics clean. The magnetic close is both good and bad. It’s a solid seal, but can really make too much noise when it unexpectedly closes on a stalk. I’ve learned to be very aware and careful and it’s not a problem any more.
Got my new outdoor vision Bino harness and range finder holster- both better than advertised so far, worth checking out. Can’t find any negatives at all so far
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Absolutely, can you please post some pictures maybe even a video?
There are pictures on their website. The Outdoor Vision is the only that intrigues me beyond the Kuiu.
Basically the kuiu, but the modification makes it better imo. I’m a little unsure of the seemingly large buckles on the chest in the area where my pack’s cross strap might be. Otherwise it looks solid.
I wonder how much the back piece breathes.
I didn’t realize it had a magnet, I wonder how hard it is to close quietly?
It closes extremely quiet. Barely audible. The material is very quiet when removing and putting the Bono’s back in the covers. The straps do great and DO not interfere with my pack harness or chest strap. It is a slim and trim version of everything else. You’ll love it if you buy it.
i love the rick young as well. simple, light, and doesn't get tangled with my safety harness when i am tree stand hunting. i do not like the pouch style, i primarily hunt in the south where it is warm, and i just get hot wearing the bulky pouch style.
There was some question on the quietness of opening and closing. Here's a short video. Turn up your volume, so you can hear.
Ohio, thanks for the link. I also have the badlands and I really like it but i think I would have liked the outdoor vision a little better. I got the badlands with the hydration net in the back which I hate when Im wearing a pack.
Alaska Guide for me as well. Carries all I need and its very easy to use.
Bino harnesses are very much like packs. There is not one "right" bino harness for everyone.
The Outdoor Vision seems very similar to the Marsupial Gear harness that I own. Both are magnetic and open to the front. The OV fully contains the binos. The Marsupial contains them about 3/4, which allows the binos to be pulled out and put back a little easier/quieter but may allow dust/moisture to get in. They are nearly identical in weight. Their rangefinder pouches also seem to be nearly identical.
The OV is nearly inaudible when closing. I don’t think the back will be any less breathable. Haven’t worn it under my pack yet still to check for interference.
On my range finder I had used the pouch that came with my Nikon. It was fine but my god is the OV holster and tether slick. Effortless to use fast and quietly without looking both in and out, really love that thing.