This is my second one of these and I love it.
I ordered this pouch for my new Swarovski 10 X 42 and it fits just right. Strapped to my mainframe / batwing set up .
So far it fits my needs. After unpacking and opening the main compartment, I immediately could tell how great the quality is. Had plenty of storage for my needs and it’s a great accessory to my hunting setup. I am using this product as a storage compartment for my saddle hunting tether/rappel line. I can fit 35’ of Sterling C-IV 9mm rope, Madrock safeguard rappel device, 40’ of dynaGLIDE, carabiners, and some other gear that I use while hunting. I highly recommend this product.
I bought this to potentially replace the scout bino chest pack, which lacked a place for a rangefinder, and i find the nosegunner just too big. As it's the dead of winter this one won't see use for a while, but based on first impressions and test-fitting a few items I expect it will be a great fishing pack, and a decent bino/accessory chest pack for big game and turkey hunting.
1. Lots of organizational options, including the secure zip compartment to keep your wallet out of the river when you go to change flies. Should fit everything I need for fishing, and better organization than some competing products I've used. Also good for game calls.
2. The side pockets are just right for handgun ammunition (though fast) - including full-size 10mm/.45 acp double-stack mags (Glock 20/21), .38/.357 speed-loader or 2+ speed strips, or anything of similar shape (like a larger multi-tool) or smaller.
3. Unexpectedly (didn't consider until I received it), they'll also fit a J-frame or a Glock 26 grip partway forward in a modified cross-draw configuration in a pinch, but not a fast draw as the lid buckle is essential for retention. Too long for a Glock 19/23 unless one extends the strap (only slightly), but that size grip would stick out like crazy anyway - better of fitting that inside. Suboptimal but not terrible place to park a handgun short term if you're swapping from a pack-mounted holster and you shed your pack, or a belt holster that would end up under your waders. Better retention than slipping into the rear sleeve of a bino pack.
4. Fits 8x42 Nikon binos with room to spare.
1. Side pockets are barely big enough for a largish rangefinder, and definitely not a grenade for your next trip to the Capitol. Leopold TBR1200 is a tight squeeze, and not very quiet due to the cordura interior, or low-motion to get out and particularly back in. A couple more millimeters is all it would take, and a softer lining.
2. As a bino pack it could probably be slightly narrower across the chest (basically turning it into a scout bino pack but with more effective place for a rangefinder).
3. The main zipper is pretty stiff / hangs up around the corners.
4. The interior zipper needs a paracord tab not metal, as its noisy when you open the pack to get binos in/out.
5. All that organization and durability comes at a price - weight.
6. For more weight, some MOLLE on the front or bottom could come in handy.