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Any suggestions for good bino harness and case system.  I like the Badlands harness and case with harness, but they are seperate.  The case that has a magnetic latch is attached to a harness.   The binos are not attached, so when I would get to the woods, take one off and put one on.  I would like a single system.  Any suggestions?

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I use a standard "bra" style harness, and tuck the bins into my jacket when I need to.

http://swfa.com/Butler-Creek-System-P46329.aspx
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swfa looks to have some good prices.  I am gonna start checking out those guys.  Thanks
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Hi RDM,
The BinoManager does just what you want, a half pocket covers the glass and holds it to your chest, so it does not bounce around. The glass is held by the harness shoulder straps, which are nice and wide.
Currently on sale at Competitor

I have used them for several years and think it is a superior design.


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I had the Bino Manager mentioned above for a few years and really liked it because the pouch kept the binocular securely held against my chest. I recently upgraded to a bino pack by Alaska Guide Creations and it has proven better for me than the BM, primarily because, in addition to my binocular, it can also hold my GPS, a small rangefinder, some basic survival gear, etc. all at the same time. However, similar to the Badlands pack, the AGC is not permanently attached to the binocular. I like this because it lets me easily take my binocular to places where a bino-bra would be obtrusive or innapropriate. However, you mentioned wanting your binocular permanently attached to your harness so; it may not be the thing for you.
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Thunbs Up to the Bino Manager although the harness is a great buy also..
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Originally posted by lucznik lucznik wrote:

I recently upgraded to a bino pack by Alaska Guide Creations 


There you go, making me think I need to spend money again.  I really like the looks of that design.
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I've got the Alaska Guide Creations system and I like it, but have a few issues.   I use it for my SLC's. The fit seems a little too snug, and  it becomes very snug with the objective covers on.  You can't get them out of the bag very quickly at all.  Protection is great, so I've been using mine mostly as a case.    
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They look a little big. Do they get in the way? Check out the Badlands Bino case from Cabelas. Let me know what you think.
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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

I've got the Alaska Guide Creations system and I like it, but have a few issues.   I use it for my SLC's. The fit seems a little too snug, and  it becomes very snug with the objective covers on.  You can't get them out of the bag very quickly at all.  Protection is great, so I've been using mine mostly as a case.    
I had a similar problem with my Porro prism B&L Discoverer.  The AGC is (I'm told) made in two sizes so; you might be able to get one better sized for your SLC.  Now that I have my GR Switch Power I have come to really like the AGC as the binocular fits perfectly, slipping in and out with no trouble at all.
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Originally posted by RDM17353 RDM17353 wrote:

They look a little big. Do they get in the way? Check out the Badlands Bino case from Cabelas. Let me know what you think.
This was a concern for me as well.  However, I have not found them to get in the way at all; not even when shooting my longbow. They are bulkier than the bino harness or than the standard bino bras but, they provide better protection and hold more gear.  I really like mine though, I can definitely see where it would not be the choice of everybody.
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Just so I understand correctly, the Alaska Guide System is a pack that holds binos and whatever you can fit in there.  I would still need a bino harness, right?  If so, does the harness get tangled up with your other gear?
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check them out.....

http://alaskaguidecreations.com/index.htm
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I went to the site, there just isn't much of a description.  Actually, the picture displays all the things that go into the pack, however there is not mention of binos.  I was also looking into get a harness for my binos and I wanted to make sure that the harness wouldn't get tangled up with everything in the pack.  Also, i wanted to make sure that the Alaska Guide System didn't have a harness built into the system.
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The pack itself does have a harness built into it.  The straps are detachable, making it a stand alone case with all those pockets.  The idea is to use a regular binocular strap, or no strap at all when using the AGC harness intact.

This is alot better....
http://cgi.ebay.com/Swarovski-Leica-Zeiss-BINOCULAR-PACK-Case-Harness-Strap-/180531108197?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a087e1965#ht_1827wt_1141
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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

The pack itself does have a harness built into it.  The straps are detachable, making it a stand alone case with all those pockets.  The idea is to use a regular binocular strap, or no strap at all when using the AGC harness intact.

This is alot better....
http://cgi.ebay.com/Swarovski-Leica-Zeiss-BINOCULAR-PACK-Case-Harness-Strap-/180531108197?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a087e1965#ht_1827wt_1141
I'm not sure what you mean by, "this is alot better?" 
The auction you linked to is the AGC pack - it's just a plain green one (rather than camo). 
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I meant the 2nd link was a lot better than the first link I provided to see what the AGC is all about, as he was whining about not having enough info from my first link.  
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How bout just the neck strap or harness of your choice and a binobib?

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Not whining.  Just wanting a better description of the product before making a purchase.  The information and display that I received from the link was much better than going to the AGS site.  Thanks for the feedback.
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Here is one that I have from Horn Hunter. It protects my bino's very well, and has the harness included as part of the system.
 
 
Here is a link to a review that I posted up on another forum.
 
 
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Although this is my first post here I hope this adds something to the thread. I recently saw this on TV and my latest Eastman's Hunting magazine has a field test on them.

It is called the S4 Gear Lockdown optics deployment system and is here http://s4gear.com/products/lockdown

I've found it for $40 on the internet and it is something I am about to purchase.
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Thanks for posting the links to buy them. I was wondering why no one had mentioned this product before.
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I have the Badlands and like it a lot.  The concept of a chest pack works very well for how I hunt and I think Badlands has done a pretty good job of designing this one.  I used to have a bra style harness with a simple cover (Cabelas I think) but invariably we will have heavy rain at least a day or two during the elk season here in Idaho (sometimes more).  My binos would get cold, wet, and foggy with the old system.  This new pack has the magnetic seal that keeps the water out quite well.
 
I've not had any issues with the chest pack getting tangled in other gear...and I hunt with a lot of gear.  It does not have a built in neck harness, but I've never had the need.  The case "mouth" opens up and stays open if you want it to...so I can glass and just drop it right back into it's place if I want to free up my hands but keep the binos handy.  There is also a tether that connects the binos to the pack in case you dropped them or something.
 
My only complaint is that the pack tends to work its way down from my chest to my stomach area and I'd rather it stay higher.  I plan to try to remedy that this year by creating a belt loop tether in the back to keep the straps low and the pack in the front high.
 
The Alaska pack mentioned above looks like it would work pretty well too...and carries more "other" stuff than the Badlands.  I was surprised how much I liked having a chest pack and having things more accessable.  I carry maps, a call or two, and some other small items...but the Badlands does not have a lot of additional room for other equipement like rangefinder.
 
Let me know if there are any specific questions you have on the Badlands and I'll do my best to answer.  Seem like I saw a review or two on you tube on these so that might be your best bet.
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