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Mar 26, 2018

Tourbon binocular harness (or binocular suspenders as they are occasionally called) can be extremely useful, often preferable to just using the shoulder strap and in some situations are almost a definite necessity.

In this guide to I will firstly go over some of the key benefits of using a bino harness and in which circumstances and uses where they are most useful.

Then in the second part we will take a look and compare some of the different types there are decide which are the best for you, your needs and your budget.

Then finally we will take look at some of the best along with my in-depth hands-on binocular harness reviews, which will hopefully make choosing and buying what is a relatively inexpensive accessory for your binoculars as easy as possible.

Why use a Binocular Harness?

There are actually a quite a few important reasons why you should use a bino harness:

Firstly they make for a very secure way of carrying your binoculars, with no chance of you accidently dropping them.

Also unlike a neck strap that leaves your binoculars to swing about, a harness keeps your expensive instrument close to your chest and out of harms way.

A good harness for binoculars is also the most comfortable way to carry your instrument which just simply adds to the enjoyment of whatever it is that you are doing.

The triangular shape that the harness makes between your optics, your face and where it attaches to your body, along with the elastic attachments that pull the binoculars slightly in towards your eyes makes for a very stable shake free view and certainly more so than without.


When & Who should use a Harness:

If you are going to or often traverse difficult terrain. So I am thinking of hilly or mountainous areas with steep inclines or over large rocks and boulders for example. Here a harness is almost essential as not only does it free up both of your hands so that you can concentrate on not falling, but it also protects your binoculars from swinging about and potentially getting damaged on a rock or other hard surface as you climb over it.

If you have a shake or use higher power binoculars, the anchor that they help form will help.

Not only are they comfortable, but if you also carry other gear like a spotting scope or your bird identification book, then a harness will certainly make your life a whole lot simpler.

It is for good reason that hunters are primarily responsible for the increased usage and rapid development of innovations to harnesses for binoculars. This is because as a hunter you will most certainly be carrying about other gear that is often both large and heavy.

So to have your optics kept safely out of the way, but easy and quick to get to is essential.

The Best Binocular Harness for Hunting will also cover and protect your instrument. This also can add to the camouflage, but the cover will dampen down any sound should your rifle strike against it for example, which can be super important. Indeed there are even those that will not only carry your binos, but your rangefinder as well. For more on this, take a look at my guide to the Best Binocular and Rangefinder Harness.

For the same reasons as hunters (see above) a harness can be an essential piece of kit for wildlife and nature photographers in particular.

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Types of Bino Harness

Initially harnesses were very simple, in that you basically had some elasticated suspender straps that you wore over your shoulders and around your waist and that attached to your binocular.

This basic design still forms the core of a good harness today, but as with everything in life, nothing stays still and you now get a variety of styles, add-ons and designs that in some circumstances can work better for you depending on your objectives and needs.

So lets take a look at these different types more closely and discuss their specific strengths and weaknesses, so we can make a better more informed decision as which design is right for your purpose:

1.Standard Harness

The classic, basic or standard harness, whilst not as spectacular as some of the more modern designs still has it's place as it offers a number of key benefits:


· Lightweight, small and easy to pack away

· Simple: easy to put on and use

· Inexpensive: most cost much less than more elaborate designs


· No added protection for your binoculars

· No storage space for other equipment

2.Bag Harness

The full fat, full flavour, deluxe bino harness. The best "bag harnesses" contain may features and accessories to enhance your experience and can be super useful if you require maximum protection and carrying capacity:


· Maximum protection for your binoculars

· Buckles and pockets for carrying extra gear

· Replaces your carry case, keeps your binoculars free of dust and dirt whilst not in use


· Bulky & can be relatively heavy

· Costly: can be expensive compare to the simple strap. The very best bino harness in this category can cost well over $100.

3.Cover Harness

This is the multi-tool of harnesses. The cover binocular harness offers more protection than standard ones, but whilst it is not as much as the full case ones, they are more lightweight and less bulky and quite often cheaper too.


· Good level protection for your binoculars

· Lightweight, small and easy to pack away

· Mid level price range


· No extra pockets & extra storage space

4.Dual Harness Straps

If like me you often carry your camera, camera lenses, rangefinder, scope or other gear as well as a pair of binoculars with you, or indeed if you need to carry a combination of all of these, then you should consider a duel harness system that allows you to comfortably carry more than once piece of equipment with you.


· Carry multiple pieces of equipment with ease

· Lightweight, small and easy to pack away


· No added protection for your gear

· No pockets


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