Maven is a relatively new optics company from Wyoming who prides itself on great, custom-like products and top-notch customer service. While the company doesn’t make its own optics (much like most of the optics companies out there) it contracts with one of the best Japanese firms in the world to produce to-spec optics that are first class.
Here JJ tests the compact and easy-to-carry B3 8×30 and the top-of-the-line B6 12×50. These optics proved as durable, as bright and clear as nearly any optics in the world, and represent great value when you consider they are 1/3 the price of most European brands.
JJ likes the machined aluminum controls, the armor that’s not too sticky but not too slick, and mainly, the clarity and great low-light performance. Maven has also distinguished itself in a sea of very similar optics by offering a custom-build section on its website where customers can tailor any Maven product to their liking with styles and colors. It offers its products direct to consumers to cut out the middle man, one of the reasons Maven is less expensive than optics of similar performance.
A self-described optics snob, JJ has tested them all, and Maven continues to impress him in the mid-price range binocular category.