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Equipment & Gear => Scopes and Optics => Topic started by: RIVERRAT on February 03, 2015, 08:20:21 PM

Title: Maven Optics
Post by: RIVERRAT on February 03, 2015, 08:20:21 PM
I attended the Puyallup sportsman show as many of you did and I came across Maven Binoculars.  After speaking to the co-owner/rep for the company and examining them, I was impressed with what I saw.   I am curious if any of Hunt wa members have tried them.   

They have a lifetime warranty and according to the owner, are in the market to compete with Swarovski (not to insult the swaro loyal) with quality and warranty and USA made (wyoming) and a better price point.   mavenbuilt.com

Please share your thoughts!!


Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: T-Dozzer on April 07, 2019, 06:36:29 PM
I have the B2 11x45. Great nocs.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: Bob33 on April 07, 2019, 07:12:42 PM
A few years back there was a splash on here about a new optics company. They promised near Swarovski optics quality at a fraction of the cost.  They also touted a lifetime warranty. Zen Ray has since gone out of business and the warranty is essentially worthless. Just something to consider.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: bobcat on April 07, 2019, 07:35:30 PM
I'm thinking about getting some Mavens. Considering checking them out at their headquarters in Lander, Wyoming. However I'm not certain where they're actually made. If they truly are made in the USA, there'd be no question in my mind, I'd get some. But I'm afraid that they're making them in China like others do (such as Vortex.)
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: T-Dozzer on April 07, 2019, 08:08:50 PM
Japanese glass. Made (or atleast assembled) in USA. A bit heavy. Much nicer glass/coatings than my Razors. They feel better built.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: jackelope on April 07, 2019, 08:34:51 PM
I have the C1 10x42ís and I love them. Great glass for the money. Really satisfied.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: highside74 on April 07, 2019, 08:37:58 PM
Maven is rebadged Brunton in my opinion with new marketing. They even have a similar look. The guy at the show told me that old Brunton people are involved with R and D.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: Bob33 on April 07, 2019, 09:38:50 PM
Maven is rebadged Brunton in my opinion with new marketing. They even have a similar look. The guy at the show told me that old Brunton people are involved with R and D.
Another discontinued company without warranty support.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: 10mmg on April 08, 2019, 12:51:47 AM
My dad has there spotting scope and it seems to be a great scope very clear. I think there rifle scopes have a ways to come regarding weight vs magnification vs clarity Hopefully they will get there but I like what I see in the spotting scopes at least.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: HntnFsh on April 08, 2019, 05:34:31 AM
Maven is rebadged Brunton in my opinion with new marketing. They even have a similar look. The guy at the show told me that old Brunton people are involved with R and D.
Another discontinued company without warranty support.

I fell into that trap. Bought a pair of the upper end Zen Rays. Excellent glass for the money. And your exactly right. Worthless warranty. I know I could have bought a few pairs of their binos for what it would cost for alpha glass, so that helps take the edge off a bit. But I doubt I would buy again from a company that hasn't been around for a long time. I think its even worse now with all the new companies out there. Competiton has to be fierce and I think it will squeeze out more and more of them.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: T-Dozzer on April 08, 2019, 02:46:45 PM
Maven seems to be more structed with its buisness model than zen ray was. They get quit a bit of exposure.
If any one wants to look through them before buying, they are welcome to check mine out. I'm in North Bend and have a good veiw of Mt. Washington to test on.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: chiwawadan on April 08, 2019, 03:16:02 PM
If I recall correctly, the C-series is assembled in the Philippines. The rest are assembled in San Diego, then shipped to Wyoming. Japanese components.

I have the C.1 10x42. Great glass for the money. Even if they went out of business tomorrow they're priced right where you don't have to be too concerned.

Get a demo at a discount and worry even less.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: BDildine on April 16, 2019, 12:03:27 AM
You guys that have them, any complaints/downfalls? Looking at maybe the C1ís in 10x42.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: HntnFsh on April 16, 2019, 05:43:43 AM
I see that they will let you demo them. If you don't like them you can send them back and they will credit your card back. Minus shipping.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: blackpowderhunter on April 16, 2019, 07:46:57 AM
You guys that have them, any complaints/downfalls? Looking at maybe the C1ís in 10x42.
i picked up a pair of the c1's this last year to relegate my vortex diamondback's to truck/boat binos.
for me, it was a pretty substantial upgrade for the money.
im very happy with them.  some good write ups and reviews over on rokslide  :tup:
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: chiwawadan on April 16, 2019, 10:27:22 AM
You guys that have them, any complaints/downfalls? Looking at maybe the C1ís in 10x42.
For the price, not really. I dislike their objective lens covers as they hang looser than is ideal. I lost one on the ground while hunting 3-4 times last year and somehow was able to back track and find them every time. Absurd that I found them, to be honest.

The eye cups twist off entirely which makes lens cleaning easy. But, I do notice that they loosen up over time for me when I'm bringing my eye cups in and out, so I'll have to take a moment to tighten them back up from time to time.

Pretty minor annoyances for the optic quality.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: swift on April 17, 2019, 05:49:14 AM
Not only are all there products top notch for the $$ but good guys too! I have a couple pairs and NO they are not the same as my Swarovski EL's or SLC's but for the money the smash Vortex hands down
And having the best warranty in the industry is great but never having to use it is better 😉  I'm done with Vortex for this reason! I've had about 15 pieces of Vortex and ad to use warranty on 9 over the years and I know 8-10 guys with Maven and no warranties used yet 👊🏻
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: BDildine on April 17, 2019, 10:26:30 AM
thanks for the info guys, probably gonna give their demo program a shot.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: HntnFsh on April 17, 2019, 10:39:33 AM
I'm wondering what is in their business plan that would insure that they are still around in 5,10, or even 20 years? Lifetime warranty or best in the business warranty isn't much good if they aren't around to honor it.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: BDildine on April 17, 2019, 11:42:01 PM
I'm wondering what is in their business plan that would insure that they are still around in 5,10, or even 20 years? Lifetime warranty or best in the business warranty isn't much good if they aren't around to honor it.
People probably said same thing about vortex....?
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: Skyvalhunter on April 18, 2019, 05:19:20 AM
price paid for what you get
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: HntnFsh on April 18, 2019, 05:54:44 AM
I'm wondering what is in their business plan that would insure that they are still around in 5,10, or even 20 years? Lifetime warranty or best in the business warranty isn't much good if they aren't around to honor it.
People probably said same thing about vortex....?

And Alpen, Brunton, and Zen Ray to name a few that are right off the top of my head. Everything Ive read about Mavens products points to quality. The down side to Maven is they are in a very competitive market that others haven't survived in. Very few places to try the product out unless you happen to know somebody that has their product or, you demo a pair. The bad thing about demoing them is that you have to pay for them first. Then if you don't like them you get your card credited back and have to pay shipping. Some people are obviously ok with that. Personally I don't know that I like having to pay to see if I'm even satisfied with a companies products when there are so many other manufacturers out there that you can try out and compare to others at the same time. And not have to pay to do it.

Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: mburrows on April 18, 2019, 07:23:16 AM
I obviously cant speak to weather they will be around in a few years or fall off like other previously mentioned but if you end up buying a pair, you wont regret it.  I spent A LOT of time behind my B2's last year and they were awesome.

I've not spent much time looking through Swaro, Leica or Zeiss so keep that in mind my point of reference is skewed.

I wont say Maven is the best but they are damn good glass that I can look through for a full day and not get a headache or eye fatigue.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: chiwawadan on April 18, 2019, 08:16:18 AM
It isn't just small companies that can get crushed overnight. Plenty of examples. Make your purchase based on the product itself - the warranty is an extra perk that may not be around forever regardless of where it's purchased from.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: HntnFsh on April 18, 2019, 09:34:36 AM
A warranty is not an extra perk. It's an extra cost built into the purchase. If companies didnt offer warranties. Especially no fault warranties, I guarantee the price of the product would be less. A person just needs to decide if the product is worth the price even if the offering company isn't around in the future to honor it. Mavens may well be. That's an individual choice though.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: chiwawadan on April 18, 2019, 01:47:31 PM
A warranty is not an extra perk. It's an extra cost built into the purchase. If companies didnt offer warranties. Especially no fault warranties, I guarantee the price of the product would be less. A person just needs to decide if the product is worth the price even if the offering company isn't around in the future to honor it. Mavens may well be. That's an individual choice though.
I mentioned nothing in regards to the cost of an item with or without a warranty and do not disagree with what you said. I advised purchasing based on the product itself because warranty may not be around forever (qualifying it, in my mind, as an extra perk).

@BDildine if you want to try out my C.1s if I ever get enough time we could meet up at Bass Pro or Cabela's some time so you can side-by-side it with Vortex/Nikon, etc... Be forewarned, it will be tough to find time though.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: BDildine on April 20, 2019, 01:30:26 PM
A warranty is not an extra perk. It's an extra cost built into the purchase. If companies didnt offer warranties. Especially no fault warranties, I guarantee the price of the product would be less. A person just needs to decide if the product is worth the price even if the offering company isn't around in the future to honor it. Mavens may well be. That's an individual choice though.
I mentioned nothing in regards to the cost of an item with or without a warranty and do not disagree with what you said. I advised purchasing based on the product itself because warranty may not be around forever (qualifying it, in my mind, as an extra perk).

@BDildine if you want to try out my C.1s if I ever get enough time we could meet up at Bass Pro or Cabela's some time so you can side-by-side it with Vortex/Nikon, etc... Be forewarned, it will be tough to find time though.

@chiwawadan thanks for the offer, I went ahead and pulled the trigger and ordered up a set of 10x C1's. From what I've read, i wont be disappointed esp for the price. Be here in a few days, looking forward to them.
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: JeffRaines on April 20, 2019, 03:50:16 PM
Not only are all there products top notch for the $$ but good guys too! I have a couple pairs and NO they are not the same as my Swarovski EL's or SLC's but for the money the smash Vortex hands down
And having the best warranty in the industry is great but never having to use it is better 😉  I'm done with Vortex for this reason! I've had about 15 pieces of Vortex and ad to use warranty on 9 over the years and I know 8-10 guys with Maven and no warranties used yet 👊🏻

This is what I try to tell people about Vortex.

Every advertisement is WARRANTY related. Look at our GREAT WARRANTY. NO FAULT WARRANTY.

This guys house burnt down - we warrantied his product!

Sorry guys, but if warranty is the only thing you have to sell about your product, then I'll go with a product that offers nearly the same warranty and advertises quality... and who offers an almost identical warranty with better glass? almost every other player in the business.

If my house burns down, I'll be taking it up with my homeowners insurance.

 :beatdeadhorse:
Title: Re: Maven Optics
Post by: Stein on April 20, 2019, 09:02:33 PM
Itís made of glass, it wonít last forever.


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