I don't want a strap to soak up 50 percent more moisture than cotton. The last thing I want around my neck is a wet, clammy strap -- especially one that hangs onto moisture long enough to attract bacteria, mildew, and the smell that goes with each. I also want to put my binos back in the case when I'm done, without worrying about a bunch of moisture in there. In short, I want a strap made of artificial fiber that wicks moisture away quickly and dries out fast.
I'm a hunter. The only thing I want absorbing moisture is a towel.
Along the same lines, "biodegradeable" means it breaks down (as in rots) in nature. I want my bino strap to last -- and not start breaking down when exposed to heat, cold, sun, moisture, etc.
I'm all for being "eco-friendly" with some things, but I have my limits. I think one artificial strap that lasts for years is better for the environment than repeated manufacture and disposal of "eco-friendly" straps that have to be replaced periodically.
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...