Your gear can get beat up pretty easily when hunting in a wide variety of weather and terrain. Your primary focus should be on the hunt, not protecting your gear. I’m the perfect example on this. When it’s the end of a stalk and it’s time to get down and belly crawl, most of the time I don’t take my binos off and safely put them in my backpack. Instead…they’re drug through the mud, sand and dirt and look pretty tough after a hard day of hunting. I’m confident that I’m not the only one out there that this happens to, so I started looking for products that can keep my gear safe without any extra hassle.
I’ve always been a fan of bino harnesses. They keep your optics close to your chest and are always available. Plus, if you have to run or crawl they stay close and won’t bounce and hit you in the face. Taking it a take it a step farther, I found the S4 Gear Lockdown X Bino Harness and it serves many purposes. This features the same harness I love, but also protects my optics from snow, rain, and crawling through dirt.
The back is a large X so it distributes weight evenly. And because it’s made from mesh, it doesn’t get too hot. My favorite part is the binos are never disconnected from you. When you need to use them unhook the cord, pull the binos out to glass…and they’re still connected even if you have to quickly let go at any point. When finished, it’s simple to put them back fast; and even in rain or snow your binoculars will be clean and ready for glassing. Plus, the built in lens protection will keep your optics in tiptop shape protecting your investment.
This same idea goes for keeping a scope clean and safe. The last thing you want to have happen is to be setting up on a big bear in Alaska during the pouring rain and realize your scope is covered in water and your binos are too…and now you have no shot. By taking a little time before the season to get right gear, you’ll be better prepared during your hunt.