It's exhilarating and exciting to go out hunting for the first time. There are many firsts in hunting. I recall going out for deer opener my first time and the memories are good, but tainted by the binoculars. My binoculars were not the problem. It was that I had them in my pack, and kept having to put everything else down, pull of my pack, and go in search of them. Every time I reached for them, I had to fumble around to glass my view. I was genuinely excited about this first in my outings, and considered myself a more earnest hunter, who was becoming serious about my sport. It was that day that I realized how outmoded my old equipment situation was. I needed an answer to my problem. The answer was a binocular harness. It would serve me well from then on out in my many seasons of long days spent hunting. We all make an investment in our binoculars, or optics. The harness gives an optimal performance of the binoculars. From my experience, the harness is as important as binoculars. Without a harness the binoculars have a built in handicap because it they become half hindrance and half useful.
Position For Optimal EffectivenessHaving the binoculars on a harness is excellent. Even better than that is making sure to position the binoculars to easily and effortlessly reach them. Have respect for wear and tear on the body. No one wants to wear out their neck and eyes by having to shoulder an ill-fitting harness and binoculars. Instead, over the years, I learned to put the weight of the binoculars onto my shoulders. There are three main types of harnesses. They include the low profile, full size, and basic. There are best of harnesses for each of these categories. Read on to learn more about the different types of harnesses.
Best Of The Full Size HarnessThe full size harness includes all of the greatest features of the low profile harnesses. Though, the wearer enjoys the advantages of having full-sized pockets to protect the lenses. Pockets that accommodate the optics without becoming bulky or a hindrance are available in most cases. That means no performance needs to be sacrificed when investing in a full size harness.
Badlands MagThe Badlands Mag is a top harness that professional guides choose for their binoculars. The Badlands Mag puts a premium on keeping the bino safe, and that is what makes it a top choice for the pros. The Badlands is known for high-quality products that are both reliable and also durable. They stand behind their products with one of the best product warranties that exist. It fits all 8 x 32 bino and many 10 x 42 as well, and weighs 1.5 pounds and includes 200" cubic of space. The fully enclosed case remains close to the wearer while staying out of the way of the bow. Check out the model prior to buying to ensure that it will fit the binoculars. It includes full shoulder straps that make for comfortable wear for hours on end. The breathable fabric straps fit comfortably and allow air to flow. That means nothing will be digging into the shoulders or while preventing trapping in of body heat. The hydration bladder rolls out from the rear center pad to ensure the heat does not get trapped against the body. The case is designed smartly. It is both water tight and dust proof and employs magnets to secure rather than noisy zippers. It also prevents mishaps with the binoculars as well. The product case comes with four pockets in addition to the binocular hold and a convenient built-in lens cloth. My favorite part is the bow string hanger or hook. It gives me the ability to look with both hands, while ensuring my bow is close by and secure.
Low Profile HarnessesA low profile harness costs a bit more but includes even better straps for greater comfort and better protection for optic safety.
S4 GearThe S4 Lockdown System models include wider straps that are both padded and substantial. It is better than the basic harness. It is a better way to keep the harness. It employs a Lockdown %u201CX%u201D strap system that re-distributes the binocular weight across the body. Its back panel and the straps are crafted from a breathable fabric. That means there is no constant discomfort from having to hunt with a sweaty back. The partial enclosure for the binoculars provides quick access and ideal protection. The binoculars are secured to the chest without sweating and without that uncomfortable and unnerving bounce of a cheap harness. It is possible to forget you are wearing this harness, and that is considered a great characteristic. The flaps conform to the lenses to prevent dust and debris from invading the optics. It includes a front-facing bungee that holds and releases flaps to grant access to the binos. The two included shock cords attach to the optics. The tensionless glassing prevents bouncing.
The Basic HarnessA basic harness employs a strap system. There attachments made from ties or clips to hold the binoculars. They are within financial reach for any budget. The basic harness still beats having to rifle through a pack while trying to hunt. The basic harness will keep them on the chest to make them readily available.
Butler Creek's Bone CollectorThe Bone Collector is made for a wide variety of hunting outings. Its shoulder straps are an elastic X-shape on the back. It is supportive and flexible while shifting the weight off of the neck and the back. The binoculars are at the ready on the chest.
Bushnell DeluxeThe Bushnell Deluxe is another X-shaped back harness. The wider, elongated straps sit lower for better support, a snug fit, when used with heavier binos. They keep the bino just below the chin for quick access. The truth is that having any harness is better than no harness at all. That's the number one rule. I never go hunting without them. Even a basic model will serve you better than no harness at all. Though, if you get the itch to hunt more seriously, investing $500 on the Badlands harness is the way to go.
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