[Tweeters] binocular rainguards

Gary Bletsch garybletsch at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 2 08:00:35 PST 2021

Dear Tweeters,
Until I bought a pair of Nikon binoculars at Seattle Audubon two years ago, none of the binoculars I had ever used had come with a rainguard that was worth using. I really like the one that comes with my Nikons; if the company is that bad at replacing lost ones,  I had better guard the guard!
I used to bird with someone who had a very cool rainguard. She had a piece of soft, supple leather over her bins. There were two holes, one for each strap to go through. She'd just do a quick little flip, and the leather was out of the way. Another flip put it back in position to protect the lenses. It never seemed to get in the way or cause a delay. I always figured I'd try that method some day, but am too lazy to find a shoemaker and haggle for a scrap of soft, supple leather. 
A synthetic material might make a good substitute, but such a material does not come readily to mind. The closest I can think is the amazing rubbery stuff that we have on some of our Ikea pseudo-tupperware. The glass food containers have these air-tight rubbery tops that stay on by suction alone. A large-sized piece of that stuff might make a good rainguard. 
Before the Nikons, I always carried my binoculars under one shoulder when it was raining!
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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