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AGC Bino Harness Review

In this product review I will go over the AGC Alaska Classic with M.A.X. pocket bino harness.

The harness retails for $104.99 USD online but can be found at Jim Bows Archery in Calgary and Edmonton.

I ordered one after my first year of hunting, and used it for the last three seasons.

At the time the AGC bino harnesses were the most popular amongst the forums for a bomb proof, comfortable and trusted system. If you do your homework they still have that reputation today!

In terms of quality, after 3 seasons of use for both archery and rifle seasons and plenty of summer scouting and shed hunting trips there is no obvious signs of wear. The harness has not frayed or worn in the shoulders and the pack portion itself has zero marks or scuffs.

The pack offers two elastic sleeves in the top that work great for sliding in a phone, spare ammo, or a GPS unit while navigating. Two zipper side pockets that work great for calls, wind checker, keys, or other small items. A front zipper pocket sized for a typical range finder. A back zippered pocket that is perfect for tags and licenses or even small maps. Finally, this pack with the M.A.X. pocket has a bottom zippered pocket that is great for storage of a knife, paracord, and a headlamp.

Things I Liked about the AGC Alaska Classic

  • The ample storage space allowed me to have quick access to all my frequently used items.
  • Durability!!!! 3 seasons of use and looks new!
  • The pack is fully enclosed around your binoculars which keeps rain, snow and dirt off of your optics!
  • A very comfortable shoulder harness instead of nylon strapping.

Things I disliked about the AGC Alaska Classic

  • I found the pack to be quite bulky (trade off for the storage).
  • All the pockets are zippered. In order to get out a rangefinder or wind checker you have to unzip a pocket. This creates unwanted noise.
  • I found the pack to be squeaky with my binoculars if I did not snap down the lid. I like leaving it unsnapped for quick access if need be.
  • The buckle stays do not hold well and the harness loosens over the course of the day. This can be solved by replacing the buckles.

My two brothers are continuing to use this system this year however I recently picked up a Mystery Ranch Quick Draw Bino Harness.

The Mystery Ranch Harness is smaller in size. However the trade off is no front rangefinder pocket so I will be utilizing the holster attached to the chest strap. It also loses the bottom pocket. The side pockets are elastic so easier to pull out a call or wind checker with minimal noise. The final difference is a magnetic closure system versus the loud and two handed operation of traditional buckle.

Once I spend some time in the field I will do a review of this new bino harness.


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