Gear Review: ALPS OutdoorZ – Bino Harness
“As one of the first product extensions to our very popular and successful Extreme line, the Bino Harness X is the perfect companion for your optics. Designed to keep the pocket close to your chest and reduce the amount of movement you’ll feel in your optics. Constructed using 1680D ballistic nylon fabric, the Bino Harness X is as tough as you and ready for any hunting environment. A lens cloth is included, and the design features an easy to use one-handed opening mechanism for quick access.”
Company/Brand: ALPS OutdoorZ
Company/Brand Location: New Haven, MO
Manufactured/Made in: Vietnam
Product Number: 9901700
Sizes: One Size Fits All
Colors Available: Coyote Brown
- Pocket stays secure to chest during movement
- 1680D Nylon Ballistic Fabric for extra durability
- Front U-shape design allows for easier access to binoculars
- Lens cloth included
- Padded back panel for added comfort
- Adjustable closure to accommodate a variety of binoculars
- Adjustable attaching harness to fit all body sizes
- Non-metallic binocular attachment straps
- Two lashing points for extra accessories
- One side pocket for storing wind indicator
Total Weight: 11 oz.
Total Dimensions: 6.5″ x 5.5″ x 2.25″
- Craftsmanship & Design
- Performance & Durability
- Fit & Sizing
- Pricing & Affordability
Scoring will be out of 5 for each section and then calculated as a percentage out of 100% for ease of comparison.
Craftsmanship & Design
The design of the ALPS OutdoorZ bino harness is a simple, yet functional design. It simply performs the one job it’s supposed to do – carry your binoculars. The harness design is slim and is crafted out of nylon ballistic fabric. The harness is rather thin and does not come with any bells and whistles which keeps the harness from being too bulky or bulge once a pair of binoculars is inside. There are, however, two lashing points and a small pocket on either side to lash and store whatever your heart desires, but should you not need them – the harness functions great without it.
Performance & Durability
Tested over the course of a year on a variety of hunts, scouting trips, and differing locations, the bino harness has functioned quite flawlessly and has held up through many scuffs and scrapes from dogs, humans, trees, rocks, etc. Our binoculars have all come out without a scratch. The harness has shown no sign of fraying or deterioration through the hunting season and has performed just the way we wanted it to – out of sight and out of mind until we need to pull out the glass. All the straps have held perfectly and does not sag over time.
Fit & Sizing
As a one size fits all – it truly does a great job of doing so. The straps come with extra length to accommodate a variety of users big and small. The binoculars fit very snug into the compartment and does not rattle around at all. The harness is wide enough that you don’t feel out of proportion. It seems to fit snug and centered onto your sternum with the sides of the harnesses within reach without feeling awkward when you reach for something. The only complaint is the drawstring that is used to close the front flap – as is out of the factory it does not hold the flap closed very well. This is quickly solved by opening the plastic loop retainer and shortening/cutting away excess string to make the loop tighter.
Pricing & Affordability
At only 50 bucks – this is a rare case of something that is cheaper than most (if not all) of its competitors, yet gives them all a run for their money. Although we are firm believers of the age-old saying “you get what you pay for” this harness truly gives you a great product for what you pay. At the price of a box or two of shells, you can protect your bino harness without all the bells and whistles. If you have an extra pair of binos that you like to keep in the truck or wherever, this could be a wonderful solution without breaking the bank.
Overall Score & Thoughts:
A great binocular harness for a wonderful price. This harness gives you the protection that your binoculars need without the dent in your wallet. Some people might be a little reluctant to put their $1000+ binoculars in a harness that’s $50 bucks, but we’ve done so without much worry. The harness is slim and designed very well. It fits and compacts down to pretty much nothing when not in use and can be stored pretty much anywhere due to its small footprint. The straps, enclosures, and fabric are all extremely durable. If you’re in the market for a harness that will give you the peace of mind and function when you need it to – look no further.
OVERALL SCORE: 19/20
95% / 100%