Mystery Ranch Bino Harness Review
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I consider binoculars one of my essential outdoor gear items. Binos go with me when camping, hunting, birding and even at times fishing. The new Mystery Ranch Bino Harness has made it effortless to bring binoculars on any outdoor excursion. Mystery Ranch builds quality no nonsense products for the outdoors. Many of their products are tailored for firefighters, military and hunting. Keeping these high stakes uses in mind the quality of the products from Mystery Ranch are second to none.
This summer I have had the chance to explore a couple of Mystery Ranch products. Over the past few weeks I have had a chance to take the newly updated Mystery Ranch Bino Harness on my travels. This binocular harness has now traveled a few thousand miles. During this time it has allowed me to get up close with orcas, bears, elk and countless great birds.
Initial Thoughts on the Mystery Ranch Bino Harness
The Mystery Ranch Bino Harness allows a hands free way of carrying binoculars when in the field. There are a few features that make this product stand out. The most notable feature for me was the magnetic closing top. This top can easily be opened and closed with a single hand.
The front of the harness has a zippered pocket. This pocket is large enough to carry some essential products like cell phones, cleaning cloths, hunting licenses and car keys. This pocket also has some stretch to it so that even bulkier items could be added.
There are two additional smaller pockets on each side of the harness. These pockets would be perfect for many different hunting accessories.
The harness has four adjustment points to tailor the fit of the harness to the person wearing it. These clips also make it quick and easy to put the binocular on. Additionally the mesh used in the design is breathable for those hot days on the trail.
On the top of the harness there is a lanyard. This lanyard can be used to directly attach to the binoculars, adding a safety feature to keep expensive glass safe.
The bottom of the Mystery Ranch Bino Harness has PALS (pouch attachment ladder system) webbing that allows for the attachment of other accessories. These accessories could include bear spray, range finders or storage containers.
This bino harness also comes in two sizes. These options are made for different sizes of binoculars. The harness I tested out was the smaller of the harnesses made for binoculars up to 10X. The larger of cases can handle binoculars with magnifications of up 12X.
Field Testing the Mystery Ranch Bino Harness
The Mystery Ranch Bino Harness has been a great addition to my travels this summer. I found this product to be a no frills well thought out piece of gear that is perfect for many outdoor applications.
What makes this binocular harness so great is that it is easy to get on and comfortable to wear. The fitting set up of the harness could not be easier. The clips are easily adjusted to get a perfect fit on the user. This is particularly helpful for me as at different times I would be using the harness with a t-shirt or a jacket and the harness would need to be adjusted accordingly. Where this really shines is on early morning hikes or hunts. When starting out a hike early, often before sun up, the last thing I want to be fooling around with is my binocular harness.
Aside from a really great fitting harness the absolute very best feature on the Mystery Ranch Binocular Harness is the magnetic top. It sounds simple, but this feature is awesome. Having a magnetic top allows for easy access to the binoculars at all times. Because of this magnetic top, there is no fiddling around with a clip, zipper or velcro. Hunters will be particularly fond of this feature as accessing the binoculars is silent.
What really makes this magnetic top great is that when the binoculars are placed back into the harness the top automatically closes. Coming from someone who has had his binoculars slide out of the harness before this is such a welcomed feature. In the past I have been lazy and not closed up my bino harness. Later when tying my shoes or picking something up on the trail I have had my binoculars slide out of the harness. Luckily minimal damage occurred to my glass, but I could see where something really unfortunate will be prevented by having the magnetic top.
The Bells and Whistles
The other features that I really am fond of are all of the small accessory pockets and attachment points that are incorporated throughout the design of the harness. The front zippered pocket is the perfect place for me to keep my hunting license, spare ammo when hunting and items to keep my binoculars clean. Having the security of a zipper is great for this pocket. The side pockets are perfect for many hunting accessories like a wind checker or mouth reeds.
The PALS webbing makes attaching other accessories easy. Many accessories that Mystery Ranch uses like the bear spray holster, rangefinder case or storage pouches can easily be secured to the webbing below. During hunting season I often carry a rangefinder and bear spray.
Specs of the Mystery Ranch Bino Harness Taken Directly From Mystery Ranch Website
- MSRP $110
- Fits most 10x binoculars (height 6.75″ or less)
- One-handed, quick access design with magnetic closure
- Zippered front pocket
- Stretch front and side pockets
- Soft inner lining
- Quick attach adjustable harness with web retention
- Quick attach lanyards for binoculars that attach over shoulders to harness
- Breathable spacer mesh on the body panel of the bag serves as a pocket
- Designed to work with and without a backpack
- Works with MYSTERY RANCH Rangefinder Holster and Tech Holster
- PALS web on bottom of bag for attachment of MOLLE accessories including the MYSTERY RANCH Bear Spray Holster (sold separately)
Final Thoughts on the Mystery Ranch Bino Harness
The Mystery Ranch Bino Harness is the perfect piece of gear for any outdoor enthusiast. The bino harness makes it effortless and comfortable to carry binoculars into the field. This harness also keeps the binoculars safe from falls with the magnetic top. In addition, there are pockets and attachment points to add accessories for different outdoor activities. For more info on the Bino Harness or other Mystery Ranch products, visit www.mysteryranch.com