Learning how to thread a binocular strap is a simple process that you can carry out, although it requires you to pay attention to a few minute details. To help you out, we have created this guide that includes the steps involved in threading a binocular strap.
Let’s take a look.
Straighten the Strap
The first thing you should do is to straighten the strap so that it is completely free from wrinkles, twists or knots. Make sure you deal with all the difficult spots and ensure that the strap is ready for threading.
You can then place the strap out near the binoculars and get it ready for the process. It might help to place everything on a flat surface such as a table so that you can easily access everything while also having enough support.
This way, you will have enough space to work through the entire process that will not take more than five minutes.
Find the Loops
The next step to figure out how to thread binocular strap is to locate the loops on the binoculars. These loops should be in the form of an attached ring that will have enough space for you to thread the strap into.
Generally, there will be two loops on the binoculars, with one on the left side and the other on the right side. In some cases, you might also have double loops on each side, making four total loops.
Once you manage to find these loops on your binoculars, you can move on to threading the strap through them.
Undo the Strap
After you have located the loops on your binoculars, you can now carry out the next step involved in this process.
This requires you to undo the strap in a way that there is only a single part of the strap that can go through the loop.
For this, you will need to remove one end of the strap through the buckle present on the strap.
You can do this by pulling out the part in the middle and then loosening it up. This will allow you to pull it out completely so that it becomes free and unbuckled.
Follow the same method for the other end of the strap.
This will now easily be able to fit into the loops.
Thread It In
You can follow the steps mentioned below to learn how to thread the binocular strap through the loops of the binoculars.
- Start off with one side of the binoculars. Make sure you have enough space around you to work in.
- Insert one loose end of the strap into the loop of the binoculars.
- Fold it around the strap again and hold it close to the buckle.
- Slip it into the buckle from one end, through the other and back in.
- Tighten and fasten the buckle so that it holds the loose end sturdily.
- Once you manage to thread the strap through one loop, you can move onto the other loop.
- Carry out the same process on this other end and make sure the buckle is tight enough.
- You can test out the strap by placing it around your neck or holding it up with your hand. If it manages to hold onto the binoculars steadily without becoming loose, then you have managed to learn how to thread a binocular strap.
In case you still have your doubts, you can refer to this video for a more visual demonstration.
Once you are satisfied enough with the tightness of your strap around the loops, you can move ahead with the process.
Adjust the Length
The last step in this process is to adjust the length of the strap according to your requirements.
This will allow you to hold onto your binoculars as comfortably as possible in a way that the strap not only easily wraps around your neck, but is also long enough for you to bring the binoculars closer without needing to stretch your neck.
To do this, you can pull the single strap part into the buckle so that the strap inside the buckle forms a loop inside it. You can then pull this loop out from the other side of the buckle until the loop straightens out.
This will increase the length of the strap. You can do this until you achieve your desired length. You can also shorten the strap by reversing this process by starting out from the opposite side.
What to Do If the Strap Does Not Insert Easily
Now that you know how to thread a binocular strap, there are several other things that are important to be aware of. For instance, sometimes, the strap that you have might not insert easily into the loop because it might be wider than the loop itself.
This is a rare occurrence since the strap usually comes with the binoculars in your purchase and is compatible with the loops.
However, if you are using a strap of your own, then you might need to carry out a few extra steps.
Go through the following steps to figure out how to thread the strap in.
- If the size difference is manageable, then you can simply fold the loose end of the strap and try to push it through the loop.
- If the difference is too wide, however, then you can attach a cable tie to both your loops. This will ensure that the loops do not break or stretch too much due to the wide strap.
- Through these cable ties, you can install sturdy round hoops or rings that can bear the weight of the binoculars.
- You can now carry out the threading process as usual by inserting the loose end of the strap through the hoops.
What If There Are Loose Parts of the Strap After Threading?
After you complete the threading process, you might notice that there is still a loose part of the strap even after you have inserted it through the buckle. If this happens, then you can simply pass the loose part through the buckle once again until the loose length shortens.
Your strap might also have a sliding rubber or plastic structure that can help keep the loose end in place. Locate this structure and slide it down to cover the loose end to keep it in place.
Repeat this on the other side of the strap as well if you notice the same issue there.
What If There Are Double Loops on Each Side of the Binocular?
Sometimes, your binoculars might have double loops on each side to provide extra stability to the strap while you hang it around your neck.
The threading process, in this case, is almost the same as the one with single loops. However, instead of buckling the strap up after passing it through the first loop, you will need to pass the loose end through each loop one after the other, starting from the one at the bottom.
After bringing it out of the topmost loop, you can thread it into the buckle and tighten it.
You can repeat this process on the other side as well, although you can also thread only a single loop on the other side so that you can attach the eyepiece guard on it to keep it out of the way when you want to use the binoculars.
Will the Strap Get in the Way While Using the Binoculars?
The strap should ideally not get in the way while you are using the binoculars. In case this happens, it might indicate that your strap is too long. You can simply shorten the length to make it perfect while also being comfortable enough.
You can do this by pushing one end of the strap through the buckle and then pulling it out through the other end. Do this until you are happy with the length.
Can I Use the Binoculars Without Threading the Strap?
You can definitely use the binoculars without threading the strap through the loops of the binoculars.
However, this will require you to carry the binoculars in your hands or in another bag which can end up taking space.
Threading the strap in can make it easier for you to move around by simply placing the strap around your neck. This can also keep it safe from loss or theft.
What Should I Do If I Lose the Binocular Strap?
In case you lose the binocular strap, you can easily replace it using your own strap. You can also buy a new one to ensure compatibility.
On a temporary basis, you can use any kind of strong enough plastic or cloth strip to get you through your trip.
Through this guide, we have taken you through all the steps that you must follow to learn how to thread a binocular strap through the loops of your binoculars.
The process is short and simple and will provide you with sufficient convenience once you manage to complete it.
You can then also keep adjusting the length and tightness based on your requirements.
Fly high friends!