Maven B1 10X42 Binoculars

by Matt Cashell

Backcountry hunters have never had it better in optics. The "Big Three" Euro companies are pushing the ragged edge of performance with their flagship lines (at flagship prices). Budget optics companies have upset the market with good to very-good performing optics at low prices and often backed up by great warranties. In the middle, we have the mid-priced options that crowd the top in performance, but at around half the price.


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Maven Optics | B3 Review
By Brock Akers, Rokslide Moderator
Measuring in at under 5 inches long and weighing a mere 16.25 oz. These are the ounce counters dream binocular. Built using the Schmidt-Pechan prism, Maven was able to get these extremely compact. Perfect for a hunting scenario where big binoculars aren’t as important. Such as a hunt in thick timber or if you are packing a big spotting scope.
Lead Photo: Maven B3 8x30’s next to a compact size Alaska Guide Creation Bino Harness

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Vortex Ranger 1500 Review
By Jared Bloomgren, Rokslide Staff
We all know of the Vortex Optics Ranger 1000 that has been out for a few years. I have been using that rangefinder since 2012 and it has done well for me, but there were a few things that needed improved. It was slow when needing a range and early models may have been a bit inaccurate. This particularly could be a problem when you have to range an animal fast before it bolts or moves. Many also want a rangefinder that will go out past 1000 yards as well. Vortex has stepped up the game and addressed these issues/concerns with an updated version!


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Review: Maven S.1A Spotting Scope

by Matt Cashell, Rokslide Staff

I had the opportunity last year to test Maven's B1 series binoculars and found them to be an excellent entry into their market blending an attractive price with near-elite optical performance with the added benefit of in-paralleled cosmetic customization. The combination has seemed to catch on with fiercely independent western hunters.


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