MYOG: Binocular Harness

JReeves

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I was quite fond of my simple setup that I developed for attaching my binoculars to my Exo pack. I've used that setup for the past 3 seasons without issue. I like the simplicity and have found no issues not having a padded pocket type setup. In the past few months I've taken up archery, and I can already foresee the stalks that will require me to drop my pack to get in closer. With that, I wanted to keep my optics on me, so the system I was using with my pack won't work. I don't love the idea of a "mini pack" sitting on my chest, and can't see a real need for pockets or lids, etc. I wasn't too worried about one handed operation, but it's easy to remove the binoculars from this harness with one hand, and with a bit of wiggling you can get them back in there with just one hand.
I used 1 1/2" webbing on the adjustable main chest strap as well as the vertical portion in the back. The entire front portion is essentially two layers of elastic, which creates a spot for the binoculars(fits my 10x32s up to my 12x50s), and also allows me to slide my rangefinder in on either side of the bino's. Also created a little loop of the webbing at each end where I can thread some tethers through for my rangefinder or even wind puffer etc. The rear vertical portion is then sewn to some 3/4" webbing up and over the shoulders. They're adjustable in length to accommodate extra layers or bigger optics if needed. I made sure all the buckles clear all the contact points of my pack to avoid any pressure points. I used some small 1/2" quick release buckles as I have with all my previous setups so I can swap back and forth between binoculars and harnesses on all of them.







Here is my setup on my Exo pack mentioned:

 
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JReeves

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It doesn't bounce around at all. The 1.5" elastic is pretty firm, and with the adjustable buckle on the main torso strap, I can dial in the tension depending on the layers I'm wearing so that it's snug around my chest, but doesn't allow the optics to move at all.
 

Williams24

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Sorry to bring up an old thread but JReeves what are those little hooks that you have on your backpack setup called? been looking for those
 

KyleR1985

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This looks great - I have a couple of questions for you...

Do you have any issue fishing the rangfinder out with your right hand being that it is kind of tucked up near your armpit?

And where did you source the 1.5" elastic webbing? I may try a similar build. I can't seem to make sense of a bino harness, it all seems too much.

Thanks for sharing.
 

KyleR1985

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It doesn't bounce around at all. The 1.5" elastic is pretty firm, and with the adjustable buckle on the main torso strap, I can dial in the tension depending on the layers I'm wearing so that it's snug around my chest, but doesn't allow the optics to move at all.
It's hard to tell from the pictures, but did you add Velcro as well for the adjustment tag end?

I built one almost identical, but used 2" webbing - only took me about a half hour. It holds a pair of 12x50's easily in place with no bouncing around. They're a little harder to fish out one handed than my 8x42's, but works great with both.

Thanks again for posting this, I can't stand regular bino harnesses. This was perfect.
 
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