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Old 12-04-2018, 08:06 AM   #1
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Iíve been running vortex viper 10x42ís the last two seasons, and although Iíve been relatively pleased with them Iím thinking of upgrading. Swarovski and Leica are obviously at the top of the list, but Iíve recently been seeing different folks running mavens. For those of you that have experience with mavens, what is your honest opinion of them. Are they a contender in the higher end bino market or should I stick with the Swarovski/Leica option. Also, Iíll be running these binos for western states hunts.
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:13 PM   #2
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Check out this thread. There was some Maven discussion going on.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...ighlight=binos
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Old 12-05-2018, 03:49 AM   #4
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They are comparable to the high end binos you mentioned. Especially the “b” series. I have the b’s and my daughter the c’s. Very clear glass. Great in low light conditions. Tons of options to customize them also if you want
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Old 12-05-2018, 09:53 AM   #5
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I looked at them at the Safari Club show in Dallas. I was impressed with them for the price.
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Old 12-05-2018, 06:22 PM   #6
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Get your hands on a set of Zeiss Conquest HD’s if you’re looking for a serious upgrade but not wanting to spend $1,500-$2,000.
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Old 12-05-2018, 09:04 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies fellas.
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I have the 9x45 and had a set of the 11x45 B.2 they are awesome.. I sold the 11x45 to pay for a set of the 15x56 that is on the way.

I had vortex Razor HD before the mavens and there is no comparison. The mavens are better in every way.. and they eye pieces dont break on them!!!!!
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Old 12-06-2018, 05:43 PM   #9
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I have the 9x45 and had a set of the 11x45 B.2 they are awesome.. I sold the 11x45 to pay for a set of the 15x56 that is on the way.

I had vortex Razor HD before the mavens and there is no comparison. The mavens are better in every way.. and they eye pieces dont break on them!!!!!
Awesome. How would you compare them to Swarovski?
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Awesome. How would you compare them to Swarovski?


I mean sworos are better. But not much.


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Old 12-06-2018, 05:48 PM   #11
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Good info. Thanks man.
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Old 12-06-2018, 06:12 PM   #12
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How are the C series?
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Old 12-06-2018, 06:29 PM   #13
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I field tested the Mavens awhile back. No where near the quality of swaros and Leica. Are they good enough? Yes, but shouldn’t be compared to the high end glass. You get what you pay for.
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I field tested the Mavens awhile back. No where near the quality of swaros and Leica. Are they good enough? Yes, but shouldnít be compared to the high end glass. You get what you pay for.


Which ones did you test? The B2 are pretty **** good. Like I said earlier not sworos but way better than the vortex razor hd


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Old 12-06-2018, 06:58 PM   #15
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I field tested the Mavens awhile back. No where near the quality of swaros and Leica. Are they good enough? Yes, but shouldnít be compared to the high end glass. You get what you pay for.
I beg to differ, having looked through them next to my leicaís. Are they Leicaís? Not quite, but theyíre over 90% quality at 30% cost. Pretty good trade off.
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Old 12-06-2018, 08:06 PM   #16
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What's the pros and cons of 10x42 vs the 9x45? I mainly hunt east texas bow/rifle split probably 50 50. Which would yall recommend. I use redfield binoculars now and they get the job done but if these will help me better determine a nubbin buck at the feeder 130yrds away vs a doe then it's time for an upgrade.
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:09 PM   #17
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10x50 Razors or Leica IMO Met the Maven crew at TTH and I felt they were pompous and wanted my money elsewhere. To each there own! Razors glass was awesome in backcountry this season
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:33 AM   #18
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How are the C series?
Compared to other brands in that price range they are superior. You can not customize th cís but still great glass. My daughter runs them and looking through mine next to hers not much of a difference. The bís are built a little stronger
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:34 AM   #19
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10x50 Razors or Leica IMO Met the Maven crew at TTH and I felt they were pompous and wanted my money elsewhere. To each there own! Razors glass was awesome in backcountry this season
Lmao! Who did you talk to? They are anything but pompous. I know several of them personally. The company is awesome and stand behind their products.
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Lmao! Who did you talk to? They are anything but pompous. I know several of them personally. The company is awesome and stand behind their products.
He does not own a set of Mavens, so not sure where he got the opinion from. I own several Mavens and the "B" series are very high quality, the "C" series not so much. I would put the "B" series above the Razors but below Leica, I got this opinion from a recent hunt in Utah. My guide had a set of Razors that was gave to him as a tip, so we compared them.
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Old 12-07-2018, 07:47 AM   #21
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Y’all have kinda confirmed what I’ve seen about maven binos. Looks like a set will be on my future.
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Old 12-07-2018, 07:50 AM   #22
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Yíall have kinda confirmed what Iíve seen about maven binos. Looks like a set will be on my future.
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Old 12-07-2018, 07:54 AM   #23
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Awesome. How would you compare them to Swarovski?
I have 10X42 swaro's and Maven 8X30, and the Mavens are every bit as good and much smaller.
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Where are the mavens manufactured ,are all models made in the same country ?
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Where are the mavens manufactured ,are all models made in the same country ?
Japanese glass and parts and assembled in Japan, Philippines, or San Diego depending on the model.
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Old 12-07-2018, 08:51 AM   #26
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Swarovski and Leica should alway be left out of these debates. The cheaper brands aren’t as good plain and simple. Now if on a budget they can be a better deal for you but never better overall. The competitor here is Vortex Razor and from everything you can find they’re better than the razors.
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How are the eyecups on the Mavens? Are they loose and rattle without a solid lockup? How have they held up for you guys who bought them.

I'm looking at the Vipers, Luppy BX4, Monarch's... all in 10x42 and around the $500 price range. I'm not paying over $500 for china crap.
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Get your hands on a set of Zeiss Conquest HDís if youíre looking for a serious upgrade but not wanting to spend $1,500-$2,000.
I would say the mavens are a better deal than those Zeiss models you mentioned. And I have owned Zeiss, Leica and maven.
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I have the S.1S 25 x 50 spotting scope and it absolutely fantastic. Clear as a bell it replaced my Vortex. I am going to drop coin for the 15 x 56 binos next.
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I have 10X42 swaro's and Maven 8X30, and the Mavens are every bit as good and much smaller.
I canít say that mavens are the same as Swarovski but I will say the Swarovski is not worth a 1000.00 more .
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How are the eyecups on the Mavens? Are they loose and rattle without a solid lockup? How have they held up for you guys who bought them.

I'm looking at the Vipers, Luppy BX4, Monarch's... all in 10x42 and around the $500 price range. I'm not paying over $500 for china crap.
Sam, I can send you my Maven B1 10x42. They are my back ups, you can use them and see if you like them.
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whats the going price on the B10x42 mavens? I know MSRP, but what would be a good price to pay for them? I seriously need to upgrade my binos
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Old 12-05-2019, 03:47 PM   #33
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whats the going price on the B10x42 mavens? I know MSRP, but what would be a good price to pay for them? I seriously need to upgrade my binos
Best I've found is 950 on Amazon

Thinking about these pretty hard. Was in market for swarovski 10x42 el. 1600 difference!!

I'm using Monarch 10x42 waterproof 7s now. Love to try them next to these Mavens.
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Sam, I can send you my Maven B1 10x42. They are my back ups, you can use them and see if you like them.
I may take you up on that or have my buddy meet you.....he comes thru Floresville on his way to the lease.

I'm gonna go look this weekend......I'm liking what I'm reading on the BX4's and Mavens.

The eyecup issue on my Diamondbacks might be minor to some folks....but it irritates the hail outta me.
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My 2 cents. I live and die by the glass. I once drove 3 hours realized I left my glass at home, turned back to go get my swaros. Iím a straight desert rat. Thatís what I like. Whether Iím in California, or Idaho to New Mexico and everywhere in between. I hunt desert units that requires glassing. Period. Whether itís elk, mule deer, sheep to bears.
Glass to pick depends on the application.I run the swaros 15x56 on a tripod. And my chest pack is just a pair of 10x42 leupolds. Big difference. When I sit down to glass it might be 1-8 hours before I stand back up. Being in glass that long, requires good glass. Swaros are easy on the eyes. Go look through a pair of maven for that long and tell me how bad your eyes hurt. Itís good glass, but itís just that good glass. Not in the same game as swaro.
So if your gunna run a pair of 10x42 that sits on your chest and might throw it on a tripod for a hour or so to glass. And use here to look at deer at a feeder, Save your money run the maven. But if your looking for glass to really glass with and thatís the main purpose of them. Spend the extra money, your eyes will thank you!
But itís definetly easier to help with knowing exactly what you wanna do, and what kinda country you wanna Hunt.


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I'm interested because my votex went out of alignment for the 3rd time... Thinking of using warranty and then selling the new one they send me.

I've heard good things but not a ton
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My 2 cents. I live and die by the glass. I once drove 3 hours realized I left my glass at home, turned back to go get my swaros. Iím a straight desert rat. Thatís what I like. Whether Iím in California, or Idaho to New Mexico and everywhere in between. I hunt desert units that requires glassing. Period. Whether itís elk, mule deer, sheep to bears.
Glass to pick depends on the application.I run the swaros 15x56 on a tripod. And my chest pack is just a pair of 10x42 leupolds. Big difference. When I sit down to glass it might be 1-8 hours before I stand back up. Being in glass that long, requires good glass. Swaros are easy on the eyes. Go look through a pair of maven for that long and tell me how bad your eyes hurt. Itís good glass, but itís just that good glass. Not in the same game as swaro.
So if your gunna run a pair of 10x42 that sits on your chest and might throw it on a tripod for a hour or so to glass. And use here to look at deer at a feeder, Save your money run the maven. But if your looking for glass to really glass with and thatís the main purpose of them. Spend the extra money, your eyes will thank you!
But itís definetly easier to help with knowing exactly what you wanna do, and what kinda country you wanna Hunt.


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Which Maven's do you own? The B or C series. I do not care for the C series at all.
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Old 12-05-2019, 04:25 PM   #38
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I love Maven. I have B series and my daughter has c series binos. Also my daughter has the R1 scope on her hunting rifle. Best scope we have ever owned!!
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Old 12-05-2019, 06:01 PM   #39
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whats the going price on the B10x42 mavens? I know MSRP, but what would be a good price to pay for them? I seriously need to upgrade my binos
Maven's are sold direct to consumer, so the price on their website is the price. The one's on amazon come from Maven and they are the same prices.
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I just bought a pair of 10x42 c1 binos and I will see soon how they are.

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Old 12-05-2019, 09:45 PM   #41
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My 2 cents. I live and die by the glass. I once drove 3 hours realized I left my glass at home, turned back to go get my swaros. I’m a straight desert rat. That’s what I like. Whether I’m in California, or Idaho to New Mexico and everywhere in between. I hunt desert units that requires glassing. Period. Whether it’s elk, mule deer, sheep to bears.
Glass to pick depends on the application.I run the swaros 15x56 on a tripod. And my chest pack is just a pair of 10x42 leupolds. Big difference. When I sit down to glass it might be 1-8 hours before I stand back up. Being in glass that long, requires good glass. Swaros are easy on the eyes. Go look through a pair of maven for that long and tell me how bad your eyes hurt. It’s good glass, but it’s just that good glass. Not in the same game as swaro.
So if your gunna run a pair of 10x42 that sits on your chest and might throw it on a tripod for a hour or so to glass. And use here to look at deer at a feeder, Save your money run the maven. But if your looking for glass to really glass with and that’s the main purpose of them. Spend the extra money, your eyes will thank you!
But it’s definetly easier to help with knowing exactly what you wanna do, and what kinda country you wanna Hunt.


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This week will be my 4th Mulie hunt in my 3rd state this year alone, with two personal pronghorn hunts already done, and one more pronghorn on books still for Dec. I also guided 3 other pronghorn hunts. I won’t even count my Whitetails hunts this year.

I live by my glass too. I’ve been fortunate to ran EL, SLC, Maven B2, Vortex Razor HD, Lecia Geovids and Zeiss conquest, in many cases side by side. The comment about Maven’s are simply not true and extremely misleading, to the point one would almost begin to question someone’s actual use of the B2, I’m sure that’s not the case. With that said they are not EL’s or SLC HD’s but they certainly aren’t going to strain your eye unless you can’t adjust the bino to physically fit your eyes properly. Infact none of the bino’s mention above should strain your eyes from optical stand point. If you have any strain it will be caused by ergonomics fit or lack of adjustments via user error

I’m a rarity and prefer the SLC HD over the EL. With that said of the 11/12x I’d rank the Maven’s B2 below the SLC and EL’s, but above Geovids and conquest and Razors HD

15x I’d go SLC, and a very close Zeiss conquest, then Maven, Geovids(wish they make them in the new HD ergonomics)... then the kiababs.

I havent touched the new Vortex U line, or the non ranging Leica line like the Ultravids (which are probably better then Geovids, due to not needing lazer friendly coatings)

The upper end Mavens are an exceptional product for the money, and I would never tell any one they could go wrong with the B2 line, are they Swaros no, but then again no Swaro is twice as good either.

To the OP the only bino from a price perspective I’d put above the B2 is in the 15x line, which would be the Conquest HD. It’s truly an exceptional product for price.
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