Hunting & Fishing Pls suggest Chest rig / bino harness

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Guys, looking for suggestions to manage gear I am using a lot on hunting trips. I am currently running a marsupial gear bino harness with my RF binoculars and also some pockets to carry a garmin rino and a garmin astro. I also carry a pack, but like having these items on my chest handy as they get a lot of use each time I go out.

I spent a bit of time looking around to see if there is a better chest harness to carry this stuff, but havent really found anything so far. The Sitka harness probably comes closest, but still not ideal. I did see a few predator hunters who have modified AR15 chest rigs to carry an assortment of gear, so considering trying that. Before I start frankenmodding chest rigs, can anyone point me to anything that already exists?

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I've had a bunch of on brand and off-brand ones, and I think Badlands are the best, period. They're really quiet and easy to deploy/stow with their magnetic closures. There is nothing to mess with. Flip it open, grab binos, glass, replace binos, and flip it closed. I've beat the hell out of mine and it's still like new (well, kinda).

I currently have the X and have a MOLLE pouch on either side for rangefinder and calls. If I didn't already have that I'd definitely go with their new XR that already has the pockets for your other necessaries.

They're quite spendy $$$$, but I think they are the best.

p.s.- They also have a camelback net that stows away in the back of the harness if you don't need it, but it's nice when striking off as light as possible from spike camp to be able to put a liter of water on your bino harness.

There's a bunch of youtube reviews you can look up.
 
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These guys used to be good, not sure after they got bought out by the MeatEater crowd. Only thing I wish they did different was to make their strap more padded. I still have the original one I bought years ago back when the dude actually sewed them in his garage.
 

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I also use the Hill People Gear chest pack with their bino pouch on front attached to MOLLE
I run a similar setup. HPG chest pack with their bino pouch on front and a pistol/rifle taco on each side of the bino pouch.
 

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Similar/adjacent question to the OP, so I hope he doesn't mind if I add to this thread with a question.

Is there a place to just buy a harness which a molle pouch will attach to? I have a Mystery Ranch pouch for my Terrapin-X, but would like to wear it on my chest like these bino pouches.
 

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Similar/adjacent question to the OP, so I hope he doesn't mind if I add to this thread with a question.

Is there a place to just buy a harness which a molle pouch will attach to? I have a Mystery Ranch pouch for my Terrapin-X, but would like to wear it on my chest like these bino pouches.
Just get a minimalist molle chest rig like a BFG Molleminus. That will have more coverage than a bino harness though. Or you could get a HPG Recon kit bag since it has molle on the front, that would cover you less. I don't know of any pouchless molle harness with the same footprint as a bino harness.
 
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Just get a minimalist molle chest rig like a BFG Molleminus. That will have ore coverage than a bino harness though. Or you could get a HPG Recon kit bag since it has molle on the front, that would cover you less. I don't know of anything pouchless molle harness with the same footprint as a bino harness.
The HPG recon kit seems like the way to go.
 

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In the event you can’t find anything you love, LBT (LBX is their non-Berry compliant line, still the same great quality in my experience) has their ranger green Assault Chest Rig on sale right now for <$50. It runs placards, so you can change your setup as you wish.

 

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In a stroke of fate, I just got a text message from Eberlestock today. They just dropped a modular bino harness system. The “Recon”. Check it out and see if it’s what you’re looking for.

 
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Alaska guide creations are what you seek.

 

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I would second the Alaska Guide Creations bino packs. I've tried a bunch of them and none are as well thought out as they are. The Denali pack's front and side zippered pouches are awesome for carrying all manners of things. Very comfortable rig to hike with a pack on too.
 

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I have had the sitka rig for 3 full seasons. Its had bunch of use, probably 50 plus days spot and stalk in CO, 50 plus days in and out of the woods in Bama plus a bunch of taking it to the BLM to shoot. I have the geovids or (small leopolds/ rangefinder for archery) in the main pouch. Rino 650 in the left pocket and elk reeds and or wind checker in the right. It has been a good pack. The elastic on the left pocket is getting saggy because I jam that Rino in there. It is showing some wear and for the price I'd hoped it would last a bit longer but I should at least get one more season out of it. Over all it has functioned well for how much I have asked of it but my hope is there is something better when it is time to replace next year. I haven't been looking around so there may well be something better these days.

edit. Mine is not the "mountain optics harness". Mine is the oiler single pouch with the two slide in elastic pockets on the sides.
 
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Tried a few.
Love my Alaska Guide Creations.


Does work over a chest rig for a pistol if you want.
Have done it with both G20 and 44 mag Mtn Gun.
Prefer the belt carry on my pack then swap holster to a paddle when no pack for long days, and easily doable if you want/need.
 
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I have had the sitka rig for 3 full seasons. Its had bunch of use, probably 50 plus days spot and stalk in CO, 50 plus days in and out of the woods in Bama plus a bunch of taking it to the BLM to shoot. I have the geovids or (small leopolds/ rangefinder for archery) in the main pouch. Rino 650 in the left pocket and elk reeds and or wind checker in the right. It has been a good pack. The elastic on the left pocket is getting saggy because I jam that Rino in there. It is showing some wear and for the price I'd hoped it would last a bit longer but I should at least get one more season out of it. Over all it has functioned well for how much I have asked of it but my hope is there is something better when it is time to replace next year. I haven't been looking around so there may well be something better these days.

edit. Mine is not the "mountain optics harness". Mine is the oiler single pouch with the two slide in elastic pockets on the sides.

Thanks for the insight. Its good to hear because I dont actually know anyone that has this harness. (y)(y)(y)
 

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Tried a few.
Love my Alaska Guide Creations.


Does work over a chest rig for a pistol if you want.
Have done it with both G20 and 44 mag Mtn Gun.
Prefer the belt carry on my pack then swap holster to a paddle when no pack for long days, and easily doable if you want/need.

Thanks. I am in Australia, so no handgun carry possible. But based on a few of the comments added to this thread, I will take a good look at Alaska Guide Creations.
 

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Thanks. I am in Australia, so no handgun carry possible. But based on a few of the comments added to this thread, I will take a good look at Alaska Guide Creations.
Do you know my homey down under?
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He is of my people, just with a speech impediment...... :LOL:

Also, if you can get a Vortex dealer down there, they do a AGC carrier with a Vortex patch sewn on in coyote.
 

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Well, I went with the majority of the suggestions got a HPG Recon Kit Bag to try out. I found a barely used second had, so easily available to me at a reasonable price.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a MOLLE attachment for bino carry and / or pouches for Garmin Rino GPS, Apha 100 tracker, etc? Just trying to work our the best way to use the real estate on the harness.
 
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Well, I went with the majority of the suggestions got a HPG Recon Kit Bag to try out. I found a barely used second had, so easily available to me at a reasonable price.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a MOLLE attachment for bino carry and / or pouches for Garmin Rino GPS, Apha 100 tracker, etc? Just trying to work our the best way to use the real estate on the harness.
The HPG bino pouch is great. As for the Rino and Alpha 100, I'm not to sure what size pouch is needed. I run HSGI rifle/pistol tacos on each side of the bino case and that lets me carry pretty much anything from spare mags (bolt or AR) to a kestrel, phone, folding knife depending on needs.
 
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