Crooked Horn Bino System Review

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Binoculars are as much a part of hunting as hiking boots and a skinning knife; few hunters leave home without them. Nearly all manufacturers of binoculars will include a neckstrap, either fancy or plain, with the purchase of a new set of binoculars. Neckstraps are a great way to carry binos for a short while on scouting trips; but spend a day hiking with heavy bouncing binos on your chest or stomach. After a few hours of bouncing binos, you'll quickly start packing the binos away where they are least accessible when you happen to jump game a few hundred yards away when coming around a ridge.

The Crooked Horn Outfitters Bino System.

One solution to the bouncing bino problem is to use a more advanced bino strap system. Crooked Horn Outfitters developed their Bino System as a way to securely hold the binos to your chest at all times where they are ready for quick use when afield.

The Bino System has two straps that go around your arms and are bound together in the back by a piece of leather. On the front of each strap is a quick release retainer that holds each side of the binocular to a strap holding it securely to your chest. This keeps the binos out of the way when you're not using them, but still keeps them quick and easy to access.

The leather portion of the system goes on the back while the straps go over the shoulders.

Each strap has a quick release attachment that allows the binos to move up
and down the straps while remaining attached to the torso.

In order to attach the binoculars to the quick release retainers, Crooked Horn includes a set of zip ties and steel rings. Simply zip-tie the rings to each side of the binos where the neck strap would usually attach. Then snap the rings into the quick release retainers. Crooked Horn has a brief video on YouTube that shows how to attach the steel ring to the binoculars.

When using the Bino System afield it will not completely eliminate bounce especially with heavy or large binoculars. However it does eliminate most of the bounce and places most of the weight of the binoculars on the shoulders rather than the neck. Over the course of several days the Bino System is much more preferable to a neckstrap if you will be hiking any length of time. Another bonus to the Bino System is that they keep the binos attached to the hunter at all times, this may seem trivial, unless you have set down your binos (just for a moment!) then accidentally walked away.

Crooked Horn also manufactures a few accessories that can be added on to the Bino System. One of which is the Bino Shield which is an elastic pouch that protects the binos when you're not using them, although this does add yet another strap around your torso. Additionally Crooked Horn is also making what they have dubbed the "RF Hookup" which is an additional strap system that can be attached to the Bino System that carries a rangefinder and also allows quick access.

The Bino System is worth considering if you spend a lot of time hiking around the backcountry. It keeps the binos securely attached to your torso for fast access and eliminates most bino bounce.

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hunter25's picture

I have used similar systems

I have used similar systems up to and including the Crooked Horn brand for many years. they have always served very well and every hunter should have some. If it 's not easy or comfortable you may not carry them and your binos are one thing you should never be without whilw hunting. Now for thios year I bought the Badlands system and although I never had a problem with the Crooked Horn type of straps I am now sold on my new Badlands as they are completely protected from the weather and carr very well. I'm still trying to get my son and dad to carry binoculars all the time but they don't seem to get why ai push them. I guess they just count on me when it comes to spotting them of finding them. Hopefully that will change soon. Maybe if I oicked some of these up it would help to motivate them better.

Retired2hunt's picture

Seeing or Wearing is Believing


This past week while elk hunting I came across two other hunters the day prior to open season.  They were two guys from Oklahoma doing some hunting in a new unit to them so they were out scouting.  One of the hunters had this exact same Crooked Horn bino strap system.  I had read this specific gear review just prior to leaving the house for hunting so I asked the one hunter if I could try on his system and he happily obliged.  The strap system itself felt comfortable and at the same time held the binos very securely.  I looked like an idiot probably but I did a little running around to see how well the system held the binos... and was very very pleased.  Then my hunting partner's friend did a one-day hunt with us.  He had an $11 generic strap system for his binos.  So I tried his outfit.  While it did do the job the straps were thinner and easily twirled when putting on the system.  It just didn't feel as secure as the Crooked Horn system.  I think it is the leather base on the back plus the larger straps.  Anyhow - I'm sold and this has been added to my "must have" list prior to my November hunt.



COMeatHunter's picture

This is a great system

This style of binocular strap is great.  I use a very similar system and wouldn't hesitate to purchase this product if I needed another harness.  One thing that I really liked was the zip-tie attachment of the steel rings to the bino.  This is easy, very adjustable and easily replaceable.  Great practical method to install the harness rings.


numbnutz's picture

I can't stand the lanyard

I can't stand the lanyard that comes with a new pair a bino's. I don't have this brand of harness but I do have a bino harness and it's worth it's weight in gold. The feature I like the most is I don't have my binos bounceing all over my chest when I'm putting a stalk on or running to get in postition. Also when I have to belly crawl it keeps my bino's tucked tight against me instead of dragging in the dirt or mud. If anyone was considering buying a harness system I would highly recommend it. I just got the house brand from my local sporting goods store. I think they were $20 and one of the best investments I have made for my hunting gear. great review, Thanks for sharing.

SGM's picture

That is good to hear.

Nutz, that is good to hear as I have thought about getting one of these for a long time. Never knew anyone who had one that could give me good advice on them. They seem good but just never tried them out. Allot of stuff looks good on TV but when you see it or use it, it is nothing like they said it was on the show. One of my concerns was while hiking a hard area or if I had to run would the binos still jump/bounce around and smack me in the head or gut. Now reading the post and your comments I think I will spend the $20 - $30 and give it a chance. Thanks for the info.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

I was thinking about

I was thinking about something like this just the other day when i was on my hunt, and my binos seems awfully loose.  I have a similar harness, but it was cheap, and does not seem too well constructed.  It has a good foot of play, at least, and if I am leaning forward hatsoever, they swing out from my body and I could see them potentially getting in the way, or at the very least, clanking off of something and scaring the critters away.

I might have to check something liek this out.  Maybe I just need to invest in a more quality product, instead of going the cheaper route.

Thanks for the review.

LAAngels's picture

I have the exact harness in

I have the exact harness in the photo and love it.  The only minor drawback is that after 3 years of year round use they are stretched out a bit.  A new one will be purchased soon, I like that the elastic seems to help steady the binos while spotting.  They are the best thing I've used for bino carrying.