Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Avoid binocular damage made by metal rings

I recently got a harness strap for my binoculars. I tried to attach the harness to the binocular with the plastic clip, but the clip was too thick and wouldn't fit on to the side slots of the binocular. I did have to add two metal circles to the handles so that I could attach my bin harness. Is this normal?



Hi Pamela,
Thanks for your inquiry. 

We don’t advise attaching a metal ring directly to the binocular eyelets. The metal ring acts as a tiny saw and will eventually wear through the eyelet and break it completely—our repair department sees a lot of this sort of damage, unfortunately.  So instead, first attach a plastic zip-tie to the binocular eyelet, and put the metal ring on it. The zip-tie acts as a buffer and won’t damage the binocular as metal-on-metal would.
You can also get this connector, which some people prefer:   Vortex Binocular Harness Strap Connectors (Set of 2)

These connectors are included with the Eagle Optics Bino System Harness Strap, but they can also be purchased separately.

Just trying to help you prevent unwanted damage to your binocular! If you have any questions, please let us know.
Best regards,
Eagle Optics


  1. I have found that plastic zip-ties eventually deteriorate and suddenly fail at most inopportune moments. I either use the Vortex Binocular Harness Strap Connectors (referenced in Nina's post above) or a short loop of very small diameter (about 2 mm) accessory cord. I form the loop by tying a double fisherman's bend which has never slipped. Accessory cord can be found in outdoor stores and climbing shops.

  2. I've tried harnesses; find them awkward. Throw away the cheap strap that comes with your binoculars and try an Optek Pro Camera strap; the attachment is a 1x3mm nylon loop, and the wide, comfortable strap that supports a heavy DSLR has no problem with binoculars.


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