February 09, 2024
Having used every method of toting binoculars known to man—and found them all wanting for one reason or another—I’m happy to say I’ve just tested one I really like. The Bino Mag 2 ($150) from Badlands is terrific. It has a magnetic closure for easy opening and secure closing, and if you fold the lid all the way down, a magnet keeps it open for repeated access. The adjustable harness supports the weight of the optics well, and it’s breathable so you don’t get a big, clammy sweat spot on your back. The elastic tethers feature quick-clip metal carabiners for secure attachment, although I do wish the tethers were a wee bit longer.
There’s a rear pocket that also closes magnetically (good spot for a dope card), and accessory attachment points are found on both sides and the bottom. I added the Everything Pouch ($25) to one side, and it kept my phone secure thanks to a MOLLE-style attachment and a buckle closure. It provides ready access, and that matters to shooters and hunters today, as we’re frequently using our phones for navigation and ballistic solutions.
I carried this rig extensively for a couple months, and on one scouting trip I took a major tumble—ass over tincups, as they say—and both my Leicas and my phone were still secure and undamaged. The Bino Mag 2 is available in three sizes and four colors, and the Everything Pouch is available in two colors. BadlandsGear.com