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Old Thursday 3rd August 2006, 13:08   #1
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Straps or Harness?

Can't seem to find this in past threads so I'll ask the question. Who uses or has used binocular harnesses and what are they like? Toying with the idea of buying one of the several on the UK market. All this sunshine has had me out and about without a coat to stop my bins swinging! Tried an experiment with a spare strap round my back and that certainly stopped them swinging, but not totally convinced that they won't be too restrictive, even with the slide action the pucker ones seem to have. Any comments one way or the other will be gratefully received.
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Old Thursday 3rd August 2006, 15:46   #2
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Who uses or has used binocular harnesses and what are they like?
Well, I use a harness, it was sent to me by a friend in the USA who said I just had to use it. You have to be prepared to adjust the straps depending on whether you're wearing lots of layers of clothes or just a T shirt, and you have to be pretty limber to get into it (or a bit more savvy than me).

If you go birding anywhere hot, then it is absolutely worth the effort as it keeps the straps off the back of your neck. Even the stretchy neoprene ones can get uncomfortable in hot weather.
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Old Friday 4th August 2006, 20:26   #3
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Most people seem to know about the Crooked Horn binocular harness which seems to be very popular. I have never really liked the Crooked Horn system because, if you put it on tight enough to keep the binocular from swinging, then you have to push against the straps the whole time you are glassing. And if you adjust it so that you don't have to push against the straps, then the binocular swings around too much.

My dad and I started using The Bino Manager from Innovative Products Inc. and have found that it is far and away better than the Crooked Horn harness. It is more comfortable, provides better protection, and requires no straining against the straps when glassing. It also involves a quick-connect system that is easier to use than the Crooked Horn's. You can see them at:

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

I like this harness so much that I simply won't carry my binocular with a traditional neck strap anymore. I don't even have to do hardly any adjustments when wearing heavy clothes in Winter.
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Old Saturday 5th August 2006, 05:35   #4
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My wife uses one of these http://www.kiteoptics.com/products.p...subbase=&id=39 and wouldn't be without it.

They don't seem to have a UK dealer - we bought it at the BirdFair a few years ago.
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Old Saturday 5th August 2006, 14:25   #5
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My wife uses one of these http://www.kiteoptics.com/products.p...subbase=&id=39 and wouldn't be without it.

They don't seem to have a UK dealer - we bought it at the BirdFair a few years ago.

Thanks for this (and the others) comments. As they're cheap enough decided to buy one and find out for myself. Getting an Opticron one mail order from Sherwood photo. It looks very similar to your Kiteoptics one.
I'll post again in a week or two to say if I'm still using it.

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I use a Viking one, about 20, bought at RSPB shop. Very successful - I'd had problems with my neck before, and had had to curtail birdwatching expeditions because of pain, which just isn't experienced now.

The only problem I've found is the exact opposite of the one you have. It was obviously designed with larger builds than mine in mind. It's fine when I have lots of layers on, but when I'm just wearing a t-shirt, I've tightened all the straps up as much as possible, and they're still rather long, so it does tend to swing around a bit. But I easily put up with this for the comfort.
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So nobody else is put off harnesses because they're a bit like man bras?

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Old Sunday 6th August 2006, 14:31   #8
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So nobody else is put off harnesses because they're a bit like man bras?


Well I wasn't till you planted the thought, thanks for that!
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Can't seem to find this in past threads so I'll ask the question. Who uses or has used binocular harnesses and what are they like? Toying with the idea of buying one of the several on the UK market. All this sunshine has had me out and about without a coat to stop my bins swinging! Tried an experiment with a spare strap round my back and that certainly stopped them swinging, but not totally convinced that they won't be too restrictive, even with the slide action the pucker ones seem to have. Any comments one way or the other will be gratefully received.
I use both a neck strap and a harness depending on how I'm dressed. With a Tee shirt or light shirt, its the harness, with a heavy shirt or jacket, it's the strap. I use a Tamrac neck strap with their quick release system and modified a Swarovski harness with the Tamrac quick release system for attaching to my bins. I like both, again depending on what I'm wearing. In the summer, almost never remove the harness, in the winter almost never remove the strap unless take a vacation to a tropical or semi-tropical climate.

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So nobody else is put off harnesses because they're a bit like man bras?

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Old Thursday 17th August 2006, 00:02   #11
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I purchased a Bino Manager at Gander Mt this week and it seems to be a quality made product. I havn't taken it out in the woods yet, but just using it around the yard, it works super fine. All of the positive reviews sold me. I do like it better than the regular harness.
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