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Is there much if any difference between the different brands of binocular Harness on the market. They tend to run from $9.95 to $39.00. Most all look like the same manufacture except the name stamped on the leather tab on the back. Is there a brand that preforms better than any others or is the price of the name where the only difference ?
I have searched a lot of post on OT but not found any comparisons between brands. The contention by Supertool, Birdwatcher and others is that the harness is much superior to using a neck strap. Recommendations are being accepted.  Get Your Popcorn Ready
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Neck straps are not a fun thing on long days of glassing and walking. I have the bino buddy and wouldn't trade them for anything. It is one of the most comfy items I take while hunting. It keeps the bino's quitely snug to your chest and dosn't wear the skin off your neck while walking.
 
 
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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

Neck straps are not a fun thing on long days of glassing and walking. I have the bino buddy and wouldn't trade them for anything. It is one of the most comfy items I take while hunting. It keeps the bino's quitely snug to your chest and dosn't wear the skin off your neck while walking.
 
 


+1, best thing I ever bought for hunting. 
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The best harness I have found is the Bino Manager by Innovative Products Inc.  It has a protective shield for the binocular that keeps water, snow, dust, etc. off the lenses and that also keeps it close against the chest, even when crawling.
 
That said, I still find myself using a standard neoprene neck strap much of the time, especially when I'm doing more casual glassing and/or when weather conditions are such that I may need to take on/off layers frequently.


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lucnik I could not find Bino Manager by Innovative products but found one by Mad Dog. I looks more like a bag you wear instead of a harness with a cover Is this the same thing you are talking about?
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I think this is what Luznik was talking about I could only find it on one site.....


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Monster,

You are correct, that is the very item. 

The mad dog product looks to be very similar.  In fact, it looks like it may be the exact same thing, just rebranded.

http://www.archerywarehouse.com/binoaccess.htm

The Mad Dog bino belt looks like the same thing, just without the full coverage shield. It does cost a little less and if you don't use your optics in bad weather, then... maybe it would work.




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and SWFA does not carry this item? ...well now!
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I tried to look to see if SWFA carried it but I could not find one maybe Chris can clear this up?
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Originally posted by rifle looney rifle looney wrote:

and SWFA does not carry this item? ...well now!


Nope.  They don't.

At least I couldn't find any.  The harnesses SWFA carries are the ones that are basically clones of the Crooked Horn Bino System - which have neither the protective shield nor the ability to hold the binocular firmly against the chest and therefore, do not meet my requirements.


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That is what I saw
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Guys, Check out the Optic Belt, I have been using one and it is fantastic... Easy to use, simple and protects your binos while it takes all the weight off your neck and shoulders.
You can check it out at www.delnorteoutdoors.com It really works!  NV Hunter  
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crooked horn does have the protective shield--
I have had great success with my set; however, the setup does allow the bino to move because of the attachment to the bino--I have been hard on mine and it has stood up well.
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Well, what do you know...  they've updated.   That's good because the lack of that shield is/was the big weakness of their product.
 
They do still sell the original, sans shield and most of the other harnesses by Burris, Leupold, Zeiss, Pentax, or whoever don't have them either.
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I like the looks of the Del Norte Optics belt that NV hunter found. I think I would like the slide and glide Harness for comfort, If the Mad dog belt has the harness built into it That would be good. The Bino Manager appears that it would be quite large to fit the Vortex Razor binoculars. I will try and find more information on the Mad dog belt. I was wanting to control the flop and swing I get now. Thank you lucznik and SChunter. NVhunter welcome to the OT. The Del norte looks very good but pricey. If they get to the retailers that may help lower the price a little. The belt and a harness looks to be restrictive. I will investigate it further. Thank you all Even BD 
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Originally posted by 3_tens 3_tens wrote:

I like the looks of the Del Norte Optics belt that NV hunter found. I think I would like the slide and glide Harness for comfort, If the Mad dog belt has the harness built into it That would be good. The Bino Manager appears that it would be quite large to fit the Vortex Razor binoculars. I will try and find more information on the Mad dog belt. I was wanting to control the flop and swing I get now. Thank you lucznik and SChunter. NVhunter welcome to the OT. The Del norte looks very good but pricey. If they get to the retailers that may help lower the price a little. The belt and a harness looks to be restrictive. I will investigate it further. Thank you all Even BD 


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found this one from butler creek--a little different take on the style!
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Sorry--I hit the wrong copy and sent the one with the link to the Butler Creek group for purchase--did not mean to break rules--and don't know how to edit out the link--sorry Chris!
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I just bought the Del Norte Optics belt at Sportsman's Warehouse today, on sale, for $14.97 plus tax, reg $22.99. That is for the belt only. They had the kit on sale for $32.99. What a GREAT product. Thanks NV Hunter !
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After looking at all the videos the Optic belt works very well. It stops all of the swing and bounce that makes binoculars a problem to carry while in the field. The only place for me to buy would be from Del Norte. There are not any stores that Zeisstwice mentions with in 150 miles. The price is much better than on their web site. Chris should look into putting the Optic belt in his line of venders. If he can get the price right. I will PM and see what comes of it.
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Chris replied that he would check into the Optic belt.
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That sounds really good.  The combo of the harness and the belt seems to be just about right.
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 I currently use the crooked horn bino harness and both of my binos are heavy leica geovids. A few weeks ago I was at the SCI show in Reno and the backpack company BADLANDS Packs had a new bino holder that will be out soon and I can honestly say it was the biggest no-brainer I have seen of the kind. I ordered one at the show and have no idea when I will have it. They said in march, we'll
see. It has a neck strap with neoprene across the back and a front pouch which fully encloses the binos. The pouch has a magnetic closure that opens and closes silently.Really Slick!
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Originally posted by grandslam grandslam wrote:

 I currently use the crooked horn bino harness and both of my binos are heavy leica geovids. A few weeks ago I was at the SCI show in Reno and the backpack company BADLANDS Packs had a new bino holder that will be out soon and I can honestly say it was the biggest no-brainer I have seen of the kind. I ordered one at the show and have no idea when I will have it. They said in march, we'll
see. It has a neck strap with neoprene across the back and a front pouch which fully encloses the binos. The pouch has a magnetic closure that opens and closes silently.Really Slick!
How much is it?
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I just bought a Mad Dog Pro Series Bino Manager for 21.00 on close out at a competitor.com. my guide in Manitoba this year had one of these and they seemed great.
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