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Gear Review: Binocular harness comparison

Head-to-head look at three binocular harnesses

Comparison between the Mystery Ranch Quick Draw, Outdoor Vision Ridgetop, and Marsupial Gear binocular harnesses. Each bino harness fills a certain niche for your personal style of hunting. This video will help you decide what bino harness will work best for you. You can check out all of these products in the goHUNT Gear Shop here.

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SETH D. - posted 1 year ago on 12-15-2017 08:17:23 am
Sunny New Mexico

I am looking forward to trying the Alaska Guide model. Have you guys tried that one?

Bendrix B. - posted 2 years ago on 10-24-2017 09:58:43 am
Rochester, MA

Hey Tim, are you on the Kuiu mailing list? You must be prescient man! Just this morning I got an announcement of upgrades to the Kuiu bino harness and it includes two new accessories that attach to the bottom of the harness. One, a rangfinder case, and the second, a pad to hold six rounds where they are easy to get to and won't get damaged.

As for the bear spray, I don't like to hang mine off anything that can come unclipped from a fall or tussle with brush. My holster is always firmly attached to my chest and if I drop my pack, it goes on my belt or the bino harness straps. Plus, they really recommend you carry two, which I've begun doing, as you usually blow of the first shot while the bear is still out of range. Thanks for pointing out those features Tim!

Tim H. - posted 2 years ago on 10-24-2017 09:50:30 am

One other feature to note on the MYSTERY RANCH Bino Harness is the MOLLE webbing on the bottom -- this is where you can attach either the MR Bear Spray holster or handgun holster. It is great to have your binos, range finder, wind checker, a few diaphragm calls and either spray or a handgun on you at all times, especially when you drop your pack for a stalk or when calling in elk in bear country.

Adam R. - posted 2 years ago on 10-21-2017 10:41:13 am
Altamont, OR

Anybody else like FHF Harnesses? We use them and love them

Stefan Wilson
Stefan W. - posted 2 years ago on 10-17-2017 08:30:17 am
Gilbert, AZ


I completely appreciate where you're coming from. All of these harnesses have the option of tethering the binocular's directly to the upper straps, like the Kuiu. If you like the Kuiu harness, keep using it!

Bendrix B. - posted 2 years ago on 10-17-2017 08:05:28 am
Rochester, MA

Stefan, I can't imagine what the issues with the Kuiu harness were that would elevate one of these above it. The Kuiu has one huge advantage over them all. The bino is attached to the harness so you can't drop them, or inadvertently lay them down and lose them. Its easy to detach the binos if when its time to tripod those optics, but when not, they stay. Ingeniously, that does not require an extra strap either.

The Kuiu harness is available in camo that matches your gear, if you wear some kuiu like I do. It also works with my FirstLite gear in Fusion.

Kuiu provides a built in optics cloth for cleaning the lense, two side pockets for storage of a rain cover and whatever. I don't think you could make a lighter, lower profile harness. The low profile is a big issue for bowhunters.

The video is a nice, complete feature rundown of the harnesses carried here, but you should have stepped back from commenting on Kuiu if you're not going to provide a full review.

Stefan Wilson
Stefan W. - posted 2 years ago on 10-10-2017 10:12:28 am
Gilbert, AZ

TJ and John, Glad the video helped! I used the Kuiu Bino Harness for a long time and a few issues with made me start searching for a new one. I landed on the Outdoor Vision for myself and I am very pleased with it.

John V. - posted 2 years ago on 10-10-2017 09:52:44 am
New Mexico

Thanks, one thing I have hated every brand I have ever owned of. This gave me a couple new options to try next year.

Tj D. - posted 2 years ago on 10-09-2017 05:30:04 pm

Very good content. Ive only ever used my kuiu bino harness, this shed new light for me. Diggin these videos