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Can I put a pair of binoculars inside this, along with the laptop? I guess this is really a question about how thick the padding is...
10x50 no problem! On travels we routinely carry a 10x30 for sight seeing only because it’s lighter and smaller than a 10x50. We were also able to fit a Nikon D90 with a laptop as well. Thanks for asking!
The padding is .25 inches thick.
Great to hear that! I only carry a 10x25 Monarch, but it is ruggedized and heavy, so the padding is crucial for my peace of mind.
Unrelated question, would you recommend using mink oil on the leather for adding water resistance? I am okay with the darkening effect.
To give some more confidence, all 6 sides within the main compartment have padding. Should your bag fall off a table or chair there’s protection for what’s inside. The liner within is also water resistant so if something opens up the dedicated laptop pocket will be protected from getting wet. The Monarch binoculars are definitely heavier (built well) and perform better than other 10x25’s, great choice!
We haven’t used mink oil but we are familiar with it. Our recommendation is to use a cream over an oil because, depending on how depleted the moisture of the leather is, oil can sometimes create an uneven finish if applied directly. Whereas a cream is easier to spread and polish. You can buff our leather bags to smooth out abrasions as well. Maybe mink cream? Hope this helps!
Thanks. Just to be clear, did you mean a waterproofing cream (haven't heard of those) or just a regular leather conditioning cream? I have the latter, but I didn't know they imparted any additional water resistance.
You can use both depending on the conditions you want to prepare for. We would recommend against water proofing cream unless you were sure it wouldn’t contact your clothing as it might stain. Any leather conditioning will provide increased water resistance as it lessens the ability of the leather to hold additional moisture.