KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

Review by Laurie H

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions was provided for review.

KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

The company

Backcountry Solutions is a small manufacturing company located in the foothills of the Rockies in Tabernash, CO. Everything that they sell is manufactured and packaged in Colorado. They make and sell several innovation systems designed to allow you to carry gear such as cameras, binoculars, phones, GPS, glasses, etc. hands-free.

The Premise of KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

I was not familiar with Backcountry products before reviewing the KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions. When I first read about the hands-free system for carrying binoculars, my first thought was “Yes, please!” I am a hiker and a birder. When I walk through the woods, I usually carry field glasses with me. I hate the feeling of having a binocular strap handing around my neck. It feels like I am being pulled forward and down. In fact, I usually carry my binoculars with the strap slung over my shoulder. That is not a secure method of transport, I know. I was excited to give the The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions a try.

Unpacking the Box

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

When the box with the KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions came in the mail and I opened it, it was a little bit intimidating. The harness has a lot of straps and buckles to adjust, and there were other components that looked like I would have to assemble. I got out the instructions and started reading.

Instructions

The instructions recommend that you have someone to assist you make the adjustments to the harness the first time you use it. After the harness is set up for you, only minor adjustments must be made depending on the bulkiness of the clothing that you are wearing. There was no one home except me, so I thought I would give it a try.

The Set up

Even making the adjustments by myself, setting up the harness for the first time was extremely easy. I did it in less than 10 minutes. The advantage of having someone to help you is that you don’t have to take the harness off and put it back on every time you need to make adjustments to the straps on the back of the unit. I got all of the straps adjusted properly, attached the bracket assembly, slipped the bracket assembly through the key hole, and clipped the binoculars to the shoulder straps.

Minor Difficulties

The only difficulty that I had was attaching the split rings to the binoculars. The neck straps of my binoculars are not clipped on. A web strap is threaded through a loop to attach the strap to the field glasses. I would have had to completely disassemble the strap. Maybe at some point I will do this, but for now, the extra strap does not bother me. I had to use a screwdriver to pry the rings far enough apart for them to fit through the loop on the binoculars.

How the System is Used

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

The bracket

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

The keyhole

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions is basically a harness you wear over your shoulders. The keyhole system is where the binoculars (or camera) are attached to the harness. A bracket screws onto your binoculars at the tripod mount. One end of the bracket slips through the keyhole to secure the binoculars. The harness has two buckles in the front, which is how you take the system off and put it on.

Initial Assessment

KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

Once the harness was adjusted and the bracket assembled, I put the harness on and slipped the knob attached to the binoculars through the keyhole. The weight of the binoculars is spread out across the entire harness. No more binocular weight pulling down on your neck! I am excited to try the KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions on an actual birding expedition to see how it works.

Thank you. Check back in a Month

Thank you to 4alloutdoors and Backcountry Solutions for allowing me to test the KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions. Check back in about a month to see how the system works in an outdoor setting.