Galbin Binocular Case


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Model Number: 551048-54

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  • Designed to carry the binoculars and similar sized items (can also fit small cameras)
  • Hidden rear pocket inside to carry passport, notebook or phone etc.
  • Fully adjustable and removable shoulder sling.
  • Constructed from a choice of 3-layer waterproof canvas or 3-layer waterproof FibreNyte material.
  • Top grain leather and solid brass details.
  • 5 year manufacturer’s guarantee.
  • Made in England.
  • Get 10% off Shoulder Pads when bought at same time as this bag using code 'KITBONUS'.

The 'Galbin 8' and 'Galbin 10' binocular cases are precision-engineered to offer the greatest level of protection for valuable optics equipment when travelling, out in the field or in transit.

One the most notable aspects of the bag is the effort we've gone to to keep the weather out of it. Each case is made Billingham's waterproof 3-layer canvas or 3-layer FibreNyte materials that never require reproofing and remain moisture-resistant for the whole lifetime of the bag. Our canvas is hardwearing and our FibreNyte an even harder wearing material that is colour-fast and delivers exceptional durability and protection against wear and tear.

In addition to this waterproof material the bag features a contoured outer main flap, as well as an internal soft cover with drawstring cord fastener and secure toggle lock, affording additional defence against both dust and inclement weather conditions.

The bags incorporate the Billingham’s Quick Release System - a strong leather strap with a solid brass ‘clogball’ fastener positioned on the front of the bag to allow the owner to gain access to equipment, quickly and quietly, the instant it is needed. This flexible mechanism avoids the risk of disturbing the subjects being observed, and allows rapid access to the bag - with a little practice you should be able to open and close it one-handed.

On the side of the bag are two solid brass D-rings - these can be used to quickly attach and detach the removable shoulder sling (included), also with the QRS system. The shoulder sling is adjustable for length and is made from high strength shuttle-woven polyester.

On the reverse of the bag are two sturdy leather reinforced straps that are secured by press studs, these enable secure attachment to a waist-belt (up to 6cm wide) for optimum portability.

The main compartment is padded with dense closed-cell foam on the base, front, back and sides. Behind the main compartment (but still under the main flap) we have integrated a handy slip pocket into the design, for the storage of rainguards (for the binoculars not the bag!), objective lens covers, notebooks, accessories or mobile phones.

In addition to its high quality canvas the bag features top-grain leather and solid brass fixings. It is made at our own factory in Cradley Heath, England. The bag is protected by Billingham's 5 year manufacturer's guarantee.

Size Name: Fits: For example:
Galbin 8 Most 8x32 and 8x42 size binoculars
(and some smaller 10x42)

- Leica Ultravid HD-Plus 8x32
- Leica Ultravid 10x32
- Leica Ultravid 8x42
-Leica Trinovid HD 8x32
-Leica Trinovid HD 10x32
-Leica Trinovid HD 8x42
-Leica Trinovid HD 10x42
- Swarovski EL 8x32
- Zeiss Terra ED 10x32
-Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32
-Zeiss Conquest HD 10x32
-Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42 (Snug fit)
-Zeiss Conquest HD 10x42 (Snug fit)
- Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 (Snug fit)
- Zeiss Victory Pocket 10x25
- Zeiss Victory Pocket 8x25
- Zeiss Victory FL 8x32
- Zeiss Victory FL 10x32

Galbin 10 Most 10x42 size binoculars

- Leica Noctivid 8x42
- Leica Noctivid 10x42
- Leica Geovid 10x42 HD-R
-Leica Duovid 10+15x50 (fits either way but the best fit is upside down)
- Swarovski EL 8x42
- Swarovski EL 10x42
- Swarovski EL 10x50
- Swarovski EL 12x50
- Zeiss Terra ED 8x42
-Zeiss Victory SF 8x42
-Zeiss Victory SF 10x42
-Zeiss Victory HT 8x42
-Zeiss Victory HT 10x42
-Zeiss Victory FL 8x56
(plus anything that will fit in a Galbin 8 but with a little more space spare)

Absence from these lists may not indicate that they don't fit, just that they haven't been tested yet.

Billingham Galbin 8 and Galbin 10 with Leica Binoculars
(Left to right) Billingham Galbin 8 (black) with Leica Ultravid HD-Plus 8x32, Billingham Galbin 10 (sage), Billingham Galbin 8 (sage), Billingham Galbin 10 (black) with Leica Noctivid 10x42

External Dimensions (with shoulder sling attached):
W230mm (9") x H200mm (7⅞") x D80mm (3⅛")

External Dimensions (without shoulder sling attached):
W210mm (8¼") x H200mm (7⅞") x D80mm (3⅛")

Internal Dimensions (Main compartment):
Width: front 110mm (4⅜") / back 170mm (6¾")
Height: front 130mm (5⅛") / back 160mm (6¼")
Depth: 70mm (2¾")

Internal Dimensions of internal back pocket:
W150mm (5⅞") x H140mm (5½")

0.35kgs (0.77lbs) (with shoulder sling)
0.23kgs (0.51lbs) (without shoulder sling)

1.3 litres (0.04 feet³)

Colour of Internal Lining

Colour of Outside of Bag Colour of Inside Lining
Sage FibreNyte / Chocolate Leather Olive
Black Canvas / Black Leather Olive

External Dimensions (with shoulder sling attached):
W230mm (9") x H230mm (9") x D100mm (4")

External Dimensions (without shoulder sling attached):
W210mm (8¼") x H230mm (9") x D100mm (4")

Internal Dimensions (Main Compartment):
Width: front 110mm (4⅜") / back 170mm (6¾")
Height: front 160mm (6¼") / back 200mm (7⅞")
Depth: 80mm (3⅛")

Internal Dimensions of internal back pocket:
W150mm (5⅞") x H170mm (6¾")

0.37kgs (0.81lbs) (with shoulder sling)
0.25kgs (0.55lbs) (without shoulder sling)

1.9 litres (0.07 feet³)

Colour of Internal Lining

Colour of Outside of Bag Colour of Inside Lining
Sage FibreNyte / Chocolate Leather Olive
Black Canvas / Black Leather Olive

- Billingham Galbin Binocular Case ('8' or '10' size depending on option chosen)
- Billingham Galbin removable shoulder sling
- Drawstring bag 'Size A' or 'Size B' ('A' with Galbin 8, 'B' with Galbin 10)

Does this bag need re-proofing to keep it waterproof?
No. The fabric is made of 3 layers - the middle layer is butyl rubber. Water cannot pass through this butyl rubber layer. As long as you don't get a hole in the fabric or expose it to harsh chemicals (for example in a washing machine) the fabric should remain waterproof for many years. There is no need to apply re-proofing.

What is the difference between 'Canvas' and 'FibreNyte'?
In simple terms ‘Canvas’ or ‘FibreNyte’ refers to top layer of fabric on our bags – the facecloth.

‘Canvas’ is a mix of cotton and polyester. ‘FibreNyte’ refers to our face fabric that is completely synthetic. Canvas is hard wearing, FibreNyte is very hard wearing.

Both fabrics are bonded to a non-wicking polyester backing fabric with a middle layer butyl rubber – this rubber layer makes both fabrics equally (and very) waterproof. Water can’t get through that rubber layer.

Both fabrics have a similar weave - the FibreNyte looks similar to canvas. Canvas is slightly softer to the touch, FibreNyte is slightly rougher to the touch.

People tend to choose Canvas if they want the bag to age gracefully and look vintage over time. This is particularly true of people who chose our ‘Khaki Canvas’ fabric as this looks particularly lovely as it ages.

People tend to choose FibreNyte if they want the bag to look newer for longer or if they are particularly hard on their gear - for example by carrying the bag to work with them every day, doing a lot of hiking or filling it particularly full. Also Sage FibreNyte is particularly attractive as a colour – it’s probably the most popular colour among our staff!

Is the shoulder sling removable?
Yes the shoulder sling can be removed (and reattached after).

Will the bag stand up on its own?
No, the bottom is curved.

Is the length of the shoulder sling adjustable?
Yes it is!

Can you attach a shoulder pad to the shoulder sling?
Yes - the SP10 shoulder pad fits.

Do I need to buy the shoulder pad?
The shoulder pad isn't essential but can stop the strap from digging into your shoulder if you carrying a heavy camera inside the bag. It can also reduce the chances of the bag slipping off your shoulder. If you do buy a shoulder pad remember only the 'SP10' size fits.

Can this be used as a side pocket for any of your other bags?
On most of them no, on some yes - but the Galbin is wider than the bags it will attach to are deep front to back. We'll publish more information soon - we wouldn't recommend purchasing them for this purpose though.

Could this be used to carry a camera?
A small one with a small lens would fit nicely - especially in the Galbin 10.

I have heard some of these come with Leica branding? If I order from you will it come Leica branded?
If you order from us it will come WITHOUT Leica branding.

Leica branding is only included on bags bought from Leica Mayfair, Leica City (London) and Leica Manchester.


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