As a guide for a Midwest outfitter, hunting big hardwoods and river bottoms of southern IL, I never truly appreciated the importance of glassing and quality optics. That changed when I started hunting out West around 15 years ago. Skilled glassing is genuinely an art! As I learned to glass and found that all glass was not created equal. My search began for my first real high-quality binoculars. I settled on the Leica Geovid 10×42 with a built-in rangefinder. The choice was straightforward; swallowing the cost was not so easy.
Once I purchased my high-dollar glass, I needed a way to carry them safely. I wanted something secure, lightweight, durable, and dependable. I had at least 3 different bino harnesses laying in my hunting closet that missed the mark on one of the categories above. Googling “lightweight bino harness” resulted in finding the Rick Young Basic Ultralight Bino Harness. I was immediately intrigued by the minimalist design.
Rick Young Ultralight Bino Harness
There are several suspension systems on the market today for binoculars and range finders but none like this one. The idea of having your bino’s readily accessible is a good one, but traditional suspension systems are bulky and they stretch out and sag.
Retail Price: $24.99
- Compact & lightweight
- Wear 5 different positions
- Stores tangle free wrapped back around your binoculars
- Cool to wear – does not trap body heat and allows your body to breath
Simple Product, Outstanding Service
Upon arrival, the packaging was simple clamshell plastic along with an instruction sheet. There are multiple ways to carry binoculars with this harness. The cord used for the harness was very durable and dense for the small diameter. The clips attaching the bino’s to the harness were very durable and would allow you to adjust them to assure they snapped in with a click. I encountered an issue attaching my buddies binos. I could not get his snap to snap and lock in place. With slight pressure, it would pull out. I started to question my purchase. I bent the small flange out a little trying to get it to connect securely but did not want to break the plastic. Instead, I emailed the company telling them about my issue. Within 15 minutes of hitting send on the email, I received a call from an unknown number out of Oregon. It was Rick Young himself. Rick instructed me to bend the flange as far as I needed to get it to secure. He assured me it would not break and told me if it did, he would overnight me another harness. I followed Rick’s instructions and viola, the flange now would securely snap into the female connector as designed. He also assured me that the flange would not return to the previous position. I am happy to report after a full year of use, everything is as it should be.
Rick Young Bino Harness Review Summary
The harness continues to meet all my requirements. Secure, lightweight, durable, dependable, and I have added versatile. Pair that with an American company that stands firmly behind their product with unmatched customer service and you cannot go wrong! If you are in the market for a high-quality, dependable, lightweight bino harness, do not hesitate to give the Rick Young harness a try. It is well worth every penny.
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Jason Mattes is a licensed guide for Fox Creek Ourfitters, lover of the Lord Jesus Christ has Savior, devoted husband and father.