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Old 02-10-2018, 07:41 AM   #1
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Default Which bino harness for elk/muley hunting?

I returned a pair of AGC last month after one outing. Way too bulky. I want something quiet, and holds tight to the chest. I have done the search thing on here. Looking for new/updated opinions.
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Old 02-10-2018, 07:48 AM   #2
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I like the AGC but maybe a KUIU if you want less bulk.
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Old 02-10-2018, 07:50 AM   #3
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Interested in this also.


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Old 02-10-2018, 07:53 AM   #4
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Personally I like Crooked Horn bino Harness with a neoprene bino cover made by Rick Young Outdoors. this combo will be probably the lightest and less bulky system you can buy. I have tried pretty much all the others and most are like a small backpack on your chest, at least they seem like that to me. I do not like a lot of bulk on my chest when I bowhunt.
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Old 02-10-2018, 07:54 AM   #5
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I have tried all kinds, and have come to the conclusion that I can't stand having them strapped to my chest. I now carry them in a fanny pack, way more comfortable IMO.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:09 AM   #6
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I've been looking at the SoloHunter bino harness. It seems less bulky and you can get an accessory pocket for your range finder.

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Old 02-10-2018, 08:11 AM   #7
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FHF is a lot more streamlined
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:32 AM   #8
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One of the other issues I’m worried about is how they feel/fit while also carrying a backpack with 25lbs.?
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:36 AM   #9
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Anyone tried the Kuiu?
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:57 AM   #10
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One of the other issues Iím worried about is how they feel/fit while also carrying a backpack with 25lbs.?
No issues, you get use to it quick
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:05 AM   #11
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I use this one for Alaska and Colorado elk. It does not have a rain cover but you can buy a separate one. With a 5500 cubi inch pack on I didn't feel the bharness added any bulk at all.
All other gear is kuiu. Great gear with some of the worst customer service I've seen. The reason I didn't buy a kuiu harness is because I refuse to buy anything new from them again.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:17 AM   #12
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Kuiu or FHF if you want something that feels less bulky

Only downside to a chest pack is it's a place that's gonna sweat , just like where your pack sits on your back. IMO wearing a backpack has no affect on comfort of the bino harness
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:18 AM   #13
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FHF is a lot more streamlined
This without a doubt for me
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:57 AM   #14
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I see these used a lot. Whats the advantage to a harness pack type system over the strap harness that keeps them on your chest with the pack system.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:45 PM   #15
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FHF with the rangefinder pouch. Love this thing.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:47 PM   #16
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I see these used a lot. Whats the advantage to a harness pack type system over the strap harness that keeps them on your chest with the pack system.
Protects the binos, and i don't want my binos attached to me because I use them on a tripod a lot, so they just sit in the pouch. plus having the binos strapped to you they flop around quite a bit.
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:09 PM   #17
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Protects the binos, and i don't want my binos attached to me because I use them on a tripod a lot, so they just sit in the pouch. plus having the binos strapped to you they flop around quite a bit.
This. I bought the Vortex straps to go with my binos from them and used it 2 or 3 times before I decided it wasnít going to work for me. Binos bounce all over the place and Iíd knock the lense covers off every once in a while without realizing it. I got lucky that I didnít get any scratches on the glass.

Iíve been looking at the Badlands bino case but havenít bought anything yet.
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:16 PM   #18
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I've been looking at the SoloHunter bino harness. It seems less bulky and you can get an accessory pocket for your range finder.

This one, either the SH or horn hunter version. It's thin and opens up without any excess material in the way.
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:24 PM   #19
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love the kuiu
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:24 PM   #20
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My elk guide used this. It’s simple and lightweight,it’s all I use now
Ultra-Light Binocular Harness Color Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018JM01WW..._xMjGAb5DTNJ6W
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:49 PM   #21
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I use this one for Alaska and Colorado elk. It does not have a rain cover but you can buy a separate one. With a 5500 cubi inch pack on I didn't feel the bharness added any bulk at all.
All other gear is kuiu. Great gear with some of the worst customer service I've seen. The reason I didn't buy a kuiu harness is because I refuse to buy anything new from them again.
http://s4gear.com/lockdownx-binocula...s-black-micro/
I have these / got on sale last year and have never used them. My 10x50 vipers just fit in them so I need to actually try with them and a pack on.
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:12 PM   #22
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My elk guide used this. Itís simple and lightweight,itís all I use now
Ultra-Light Binocular Harness Color Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018JM01WW..._xMjGAb5DTNJ6W
I have one of these made by Rick Young also and use it, very light. If anyone wants one, I have an extra one. Bought two but my son doesn't want to get rid of the one he uses, so the other one is here on my desk. $20 TYD
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:27 PM   #23
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Kuiu was too small for me. But did great with a pack. I got the AGC and love it but I carry my rangefinder too. And windchecker. Plus my kestrel and a snack. Lol.
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:44 PM   #24
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Dont mean to hijack but Ive got a couple Kuiu XLs if anyone is interested.


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Old 02-11-2018, 03:12 PM   #25
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm leaning towards the Kuiu or the Solo Hunter. I'm thinking the forward opening lid will work better for me.

Anybody have any experience with the Marsupial Bino Harness?
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:35 AM   #26
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Badlands Mag Bino Case on sale on Camofire right now for $69.99

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Old 02-12-2018, 07:55 AM   #27
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Kuiu.

It's one of the few with a lid that opens the right way. It's the least bulky. I'm bought a nite-ize metal clip and stuck it to my rangefinder. I hang the clip in the side pocket of the bino harness. Super easy and quiet to take off and put back.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:23 AM   #28
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I'm in this boat... switching from the strap-type that bounces all over the place, doesn't protect the glass, and pulls on me while I'm using them, especially if turning... forget a tripod.

Anyone tried the Sitka?
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:24 AM   #29
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I'm a big fan of the KISS system.

I use the crooked horn harness and just tether my 1-piece factory eyepiece cover to the binocular with a paracord loop. Can't get a quieter, compact, user friendly system on the market....imo

Also, the crooked horn sidekick is the best thing since sliced bread!
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:51 AM   #30
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Kuiu has performed well for me. I donít use the bino case with the harness, I swap it out with the included elastic band. The elastic band has a lower profile, keeps the binos secure, and provides rapid access to the binos when stalking an animal.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:39 AM   #31
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I borrowed a set of AGC and took it off after the first day of using it and went back to a strap type harness. That being said, my buddy loves his, but it wasn't for me. I used the strap type Sitka harness the last two years, but I would like more protection. I also have the problem with the lens covers coming off and now knowing it. I tried the original model of the Sitka and it barely fit my Swaro 10x42's so I sent it back. I think they made a bigger size now.

Never heard of the FHF brand. I might look closer at that one.
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:43 PM   #32
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I've been looking for a good bino system as well and think I've narrowed it down to the Alaska Guide Gear C.U.B....but it looks big and I don't know if I'll like it or not.
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:46 PM   #33
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Checkout FHF and Outdoor Vision.

I have an FHF and love it. Really no complaints except that I wish it opened the other direction. Probably the least bulkiest harness out there.. I'm going to buy and Outdoor Vision soon and compare the two..

I agree, agc is way too bulky
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:32 AM   #34
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I have a Badlands, works well. I like the binoculars coming out and not being tethered in my hands. I keep my range finder on a stretch cord on the bottom with 10x42 on top.

It also has a hydration bladder bag in the back, thereís a small zipper in the harness. If your pack is off, itís convenient to carry a quart of water.

Iíve seen the Kuiu at the range, the guy said it will not hold large binoculars, but Kuiuís gear is top grade and ultra light weight.


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Old 03-14-2018, 09:13 AM   #35
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm leaning towards the Kuiu or the Solo Hunter. I'm thinking the forward opening lid will work better for me.

Anybody have any experience with the Marsupial Bino Harness?
I have the Marsupial harness and range finder. The are well built and stick to your chest well. I like the forward opening lid. It is the only one I have owned so I cannot compare it to other brands.
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:23 AM   #36
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I have used the Vortex Guide Pack (made by Alaskan Guide Creations), the Badlands and S4 Gear Lok Down. They all have their good features, but for me the Guide Pack and Badlands are to big and bulky......especially for bowhunting. I have always returned to the S4 Lok Down. It fits tight to your chest, does not bounce around, and offers plenty of protection for your binos. Here is a picture of the Vortex Guide Pack made by AGC. You can see it is huge. If you leave you binos out they hang in front of the pack which really makes the system bulky.

S4 Gear Lok Down is my choice.

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I like the looks of S4, the Badland one I have does not work good for me when bowhunting especially sitting. I tried out a AGC and it was not for me.

I might get one of the S4, it seems to be much smaller and not as bulky.
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I have tried everything. Best thing I’ve settler with is in a small fanny pack
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:39 PM   #39
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I am afraid you are right, I do that now in a treestand.
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Old 04-10-2018, 11:54 AM   #40
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Checkout FHF and Outdoor Vision.

I have an FHF and love it. Really no complaints except that I wish it opened the other direction. Probably the least bulkiest harness out there.. I'm going to buy and Outdoor Vision soon and compare the two..

I agree, agc is way too bulky
I ended up buying the Outdoor Vision Ridgetop Bino Harness. Not bulky, lid opens away from you, and it holds tight to the chest. Also completely covers the binos when closed. It has a rain cover as well.

Thanks for all the input.
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I like to tinker around, Iím waiting for some male connectors from Badlands and going to see if I can mount it on the Kuiu packís shoulder straps Alternately, for when my bow is strapped on the pack and Iím more worried about falling down than shooting , I can mount it on top and out of the way and not on my chest. Just tinkering......


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Old 04-11-2018, 10:48 AM   #42
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I like to tinker around, Iím waiting for some male connectors from Badlands and going to see if I can mount it on the Kuiu packís shoulder straps Alternately, for when my bow is strapped on the pack and Iím more worried about falling down than shooting , I can mount it on top and out of the way and not on my chest. Just tinkering......


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Thatís interesting? Post pics please
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[QUOTE=bsills;13178499]Badlands Mag Bino Case on sale on Camofire right now for $69.99

https://www.camofire.com/index.php/Deals/1[/QUOTE

Love this one and have had for six years. Any issues and they fix a strap, etc at no charge. Great customer service
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Old 04-11-2018, 12:21 PM   #44
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Just put my FHF up for sale.. In perfect shape

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Have an Outdoor Vision Lite I will be selling in a couple weeks when I get it back as well..
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Badlands Mag Bino Case on sale on Camofire right now for $69.99



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Love this one and have had for six years. Any issues and they fix a strap, etc at no charge. Great customer service

I called Badlands customer support. I kept getting transferred to voicemail. Next day I reach a guy there (Nate) who apologized, said 2 people had left, the were short staffed and really sorry. I asked for some male connectors for a project, and he said heíd mail them. Iím waiting for the, trying to figure the best connection location and approach. Iíll post.


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Thatís interesting? Post pics please

The new webbing buckles came from Badlands, and hereís where I am. I removed the harness, rigged up 2 new pieces of webbing through a connector on the Kuiu Icon shoulder straps, and have the bino case held on by the top 2. Getting the bottom 2 will be tricky.

I need to try this setup on my daily 2-miler, and on a more difficult hike to see if it bounces too much held only by the upper 2 points.








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I lengthened the 2 new straps an inch, so the cross-chest strap goes thru the back pocket on the Badlands. Rock solid on my chest.


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Old 04-19-2018, 04:26 PM   #48
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I have this and really like the multiple functions

https://sandsarchery.com/products/ul...ocular-harness

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Old 04-19-2018, 06:09 PM   #49
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I really don't see a need for binos while elk hunting except when your bored sitting under a tree. I just keep mine in the pack. Small Leica 8x30. Range finder is way more important and mine has 8x zoom.

More weight isn't what you want.
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If you find a wallow or good trail, I agree. If youíre hunting open mountain country looking for elk, theyíre needed. It all Ďdependsí.

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