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Adak Bino Harness
Nick, mine was delivered a couple days ago. I’m impressed so far. The material is very quiet, and there’s no problem with one-handed operation. Having the rangefinder case right next to the bino harness sure makes it handy. The only thing I didn’t like was the rangefinder lanyard. It was a little too noisy for my liking as it slid through the attachment loop. I replaced it with the one I had...problem solved.
What is the total weight? Also can you take the range finder part and use it on your belt?
That looks like a good design that incorporates most of the good features of Kuiu but addresses the one negative.
Wyo, a couple of questions: 1) if you compress the hinge your binocs to get the ocular lenses as close together as possible, does that make it harder to get in/out one-handed (my eyes are close together and I have had that problems with the AGC and Outdoor Vision harnesses)? 2) Do the shoulder strap adjustments interfere with pack shoulder straps? 3) How hard is it to reclip the binoc straps to the shoulder straps (as in after you have unclipped them to put the binocs on a tripod)?
I wonder if a range snap used in place of the tether would attach high enough to the chest strap to replace the tether and still allow you to range uphill without running out of line and still being able to utilize the range finder compartment... I still like the idea of using my range snap even with a range finder compartment because if an animal busts you while you're ranging, it's nice to not have to fiddle with putting the range finder away when you can just let it go. With the tether, you could just let it go, but it looks like it's going to drop all the way to your waste or lower, before stopping, which is a lot of movement. With a range snap, if you have your bow handle up, the ranger finder doesn't need to go any lower than your D-Loop so letting go of the range finder and attaching your release to the string is one fluid movement.
Also, the guy in the review never pulls the binos out, puts them to his eyes, and looks up. That's a common thing to have to do in the mountains and I'd want to see that there's plenty of room on the strap that's attached to the binos to not prevent you from looking straight up. It looks like there's enough line...
I have company so don’t have time today, but I’ll try to answer your questions tomorrow afternoon. ELKMAN, you can move the rangefinder case to your belt, but it sure is handy right where it’s at.
No access to front pockets when in the open position?
I’ve had mine for about one month and it’s the best Bino harness I’ve used so far,, that’s including kuiu, crooked horn, badlands, and fhf.
Is there anyway one could sew a bow hook on it like the badlands?
Looks intriguing but my main concern would be one of Matt's questions and you can see the problem in trkyslr's photo. It looks like the adjustment buckle and clips for the bino attachment sit right where they would interfere with pack shoulder straps.
Appears to be an ideal design. Addresses Kuiu’s biggest oversight that they refuse to address, the lack of a top strap holding the pouch. My only gripe with the Adak is they won’t sell one without the rangefinder pouch, which is absurd. I use Geovids and have no need for a rf pouch. Why not make that an option? I’d buy one tomorrow if I didn’t have to pay for something unnecessary.
Dave it doesn’t have an issue with that’s t all.. just clip the pack shoulder straps under the straps that attach to the binos. No issues at all.
And regarding the third issue Matt brought up is you could easily get snap clips used with the badlands and others on amazon for a few bucks or use them from another older Bino harness if you have one. This harness is so quiet and well made.. and I use the one hand operation all the time while bowhunting .. so nice!
"Looks intriguing but my main concern would be one of Matt's questions and you can see the problem in trkyslr's photo. It looks like the adjustment buckle and clips for the bino attachment sit right where they would interfere with pack shoulder straps."
Trkyslr has the hardware adjusted forward onto his chest which would partially alleviate the problem of interference with pack straps, but (if I am thinking about this correctly) would make Ike's concern worse. The guy in the video has all that hardware higher, more on the top of the shoulder, which would be OK by itself but looks uncomfortable when worn with a pack.
That is one thing Kuiu nailed, the over the shoulder straps are thin with no hardware so it works great under a pack.
I too have no use for a RF holder, and given the Adak may be the most expensive harness on the market ($149) it would be nice to be able to buy the bino harness alone w/o the added cost.
I feel like I’m asking a really stupid question.....but what purpose does a Bino/Rangefinder “pack” serve? I’ve always simply replaced the standard neck strap with a stretchy one for comfort and used a 1” piece of black elastic around my chest to keep the Bino’s tight to my chest and to clip my rangefinder to. I do like to keep things simple but with the popularity of these “front packs”, I’m starting to wonder what I might be missing.
Busta, does the elastic allow you to crawl without your binos hitting the ground? Also, having a cover is nice on say, an August sheep hunt when there's light rain several times a day. Having a cover allows you to take it out frequently without having to deal with eye caps which are a PIA and the first thing to go when I new binos. Also, when hiking/hunting 18 hrs a day, I can see your system being a little less comfortable.
You know what would be a great addition to this? A pistol holster on the other side of the binos, opposite the range finder.
"I feel like I’m asking a really stupid question.....but what purpose does a Bino/Rangefinder “pack” serve? I’ve always simply replaced the standard neck strap with a stretchy one for comfort and used a 1” piece of black elastic around my chest to keep the Bino’s tight to my chest and to clip my rangefinder to. I do like to keep things simple but with the popularity of these “front packs”, I’m starting to wonder what I might be missing. "
Dust and rain protection primarily. Probably faster to deploy than your system as well.
Looks like a fine bino/RF system. Seems like there are so many good ones out now and we are at a point of trying to fix a need that does not exist.
Good to have options and use what works for you!
Matt, no issue with removing/reinstalling my binoc's one-handed in the compressed position...there's ample room. I don't have any problems with strap interference on either my Tenzing Daypack or my Stone Glacier X-Frame packframe.
Ike, I have no idea what a range snap is, but I have zero issues with the KUIU rangefinder lanyard that I used as a replacement for the original. As far as glassing up, again, no issue.
My one big complaint with my KUIU harness was it constantly filled up with debris. Can't imagine that happening with the ADAK design. I agree it seems silly to not offer the bino harness and rangefinder case independently. Can't think of any logical reason as to why they don't.
Wyo, thanks. Never really thought that much of it, but the Kuiu does inexplicably fill with debris from time to time.
Not really seeing what this does differently then like 4 other harnesses already on the market. Seems like the field is getting crowded. Looks wise this thing is pretty ugly...
i just haven't understood the concept of these bulky bino "harnesses" they look more like a small backpack to me. i would burn up wearing those things around my mid section.
I use high end binoculars - but i bought them to look throught - not store in a case. If i had to peel them out of that back pack every time i wanted to take a look - it would get very old.
Any idea if they will fit large rangefinder binoculars like Leica?
I don't see how these would be any less likely to fill up with debris than the Kuiu's. The basic design is the same. The Kuiu's fill with debris when the debris hits your chest and falls into the opening between the binos and your chest. These have the same opening. Also, I remain unconvinced on the pack strap and hardware issues. I think a lot would depend on your individual body habitus(i.e. chest size) but guys like me who have smaller chest sizes make the straps for both the bino case and pack in the same proximity on the shoulder clavicle area. Guys with bigger chests might have more room to run both side by side with them overlapping but I'm skeptical based on the photos.
Hard to beat the good ole RY and OV harnesses.
olebuck if you're sitting in a tree sand you don't need one. On an active spot and stalk or run and gun hunt you can't knock it till you've tried it. I too thought they looked like a pain in the arse until I tried one. Would never leave home without it for that style hunt. There's a reason it caught on where the acorn cruncher didn't.
"I don't see how these would be any less likely to fill up with debris than the Kuiu's. The basic design is the same. The Kuiu's fill with debris when the debris hits your chest and falls into the opening between the binos and your chest. These have the same opening."
No they do not. Not even close.
The Adak solves the only complaint I have with my Kuiu harness which is the debris. For $65 extra though I'll just shake out the pine needles. They definitely thought of everything when they made this one. If I found one on sale for under $100 I would probably change.
Let the new wear off, you'll have your day Brotsky... you will have your day!
Take what were, IMO, the top three available previously:
FHF - nice harness design but impossibly loud (no chance on a cold and still treestand hunt) and the lid opened the wrong way.
KUIU - nice and quiet, opened the right way, but a huge oversight with the lack of the top strap to hold the pouch up. It's either let the pouch fall down and relegate it to two hand operation, or run the strap around your chest so tight that its restrictive when you need deep breaths. And the open back collects debris.
AK Guide Creations- the padded thick straps are unnecessary and add to bulk under a pack. Lid still opens the wrong way.
The ADAK is a marked improvement and takes the best of all designs, very well thought out. But then they throw in some stupid by refusing to sell it without the useless (for many of us) rangefinder pouch. On principal, I wont buy one for that reason. And man, I want one! Come on ADAK, figure it out. Make that pouch an option!
Has anyone put Outdoor visions harness up against this one? They look pretty similar in function.
Another thought here... they put the clips to remove the binos on the wrong end of the strap. The clips should be right up next to the binos. That way it’s not going to interfere with backpack straps. And, importantly, you won’t have excess strap material hanging from your glasses when they are mounted in a tripod. Even a mild breeze will cause a problem. Anyone who’s ever glasses off a tripod in the wind knows what I mean.
^^^^^^BINGO^^^^^^^. The Outdoor Vision clips are where they belong. Tight to the bino. Not up high. I imagine from looking at the features the ADAK offers, they had to do something different from the OV concept or, it would have been the exact same harness basically. Not knocking these as they look really well designed. Just sayin'. God Bless fellas
Ok, had never seen Outdoor Vision yet, but I looked them up and I think they deserve the biz I would have otherwise sent to ADAK. Yes the design looks very similar, but I like the strap design better and they will wisely sell the stinking thing without the rf pouch!
Can anyone comment on how quiet the material is? And in a YouTube vid I watched you could hear the magnets snap when the guy slammed it shut. Can you close it more slowly and silently? And does anybody use the OV harness with Leica Geovid B 10x42? They are kinda odd shaped and big. What size OV harness?
"Can anyone comment on how quiet the material is?"
Nate magnets are loud... remember that Tejon pig that heard mine at 50... smh ha
Dangit, you two guys just spoiled my excitement! So back to the Adak, anyone know these guys? Some one tell them to sell the thing without the RF pouch and to reverse the strap buckles!
I have the Kuiu and hate how it rides up. Bought the Outdoor visions harness last year and took it to Greenland. I love the tether but the geovids do not slide back in one handed so for that reason they are not my favorite . Has anyone tried the geovids in the Adaks?????