Looking for a great way to see way out there without the bulk of binoculars?
Well Maven has a great product for you!
I got a chance to test out the Maven CM.1 – 8X32 Monocular and this is how well it performed.
First off before I start this review many might ask “why a monocular and not binoculars?” Early on in my woods wandering days I found traditional binoculars to be quite bulky. I could not put them in my pocket and it swung from my neck like an annoying pendulum when I moved quickly through the wilds. At that point I became aware of the world of monoculars. They were cheaper to buy and fit nicely in my jacket pocket when not in use. They were however ready for use at a moments notice. I carried them for well over three decades but earlier versions from cheaper manufacturers had their shortcomings. First of all, they had limited light gathering abilities. Also, with the small visual area it took awhile at times to find a small critter in a woodland setting. They needed an upgrade. Maven was ready to fulfill that necessity.
Enter the Maven CM.1 – 8X32 Monocular. Right out of the package I was in love. Before I go any further, here is what Maven has to say about their product:
Once you’ve looked through the CM.1, you’ll never leave home without it. Built around our popular C Series glass, the CM.1 Monocular is designed to complement your optic arsenal. Whether it’s a mainstay in your truck or an everyday carry in your coat pocket, this ultra-compact optic is a force to be reckoned with. Housed in a condensed polymer frame and featuring fully multi-coated ED glass, the CM.1 is capable of harnessing the same level of clarity and resolution found in its larger C Series siblings. With an 8×32 configuration, this monocular provides generous magnification all while offering a substantial field of view. Because of these features, it’s our recommended versatile mid-level optic for casual hunting, birding, and general-purpose wildlife viewing. The CM.1 Monocular, because the best optic is the one that’s with you.
Dependable, solid, and powerful – this is the hallmark of the C Series. This series represents our mid-range line of optics, designed to fit your specific needs, delivered for a fraction of comparable optics’ costs. Our modern sportsman inspired designs paired with the best available materials and state of the art technology create an uncompromising optic.
Includes lens caps and double-layered microfiber storage bag.
-Size: 1.75″x5.1″x2″ in.
-Weight: 8.7 oz.
-Durable, Well-Balance, and Lightweight Polymer Frame
-Extra-Low Dispersion ED Glass
-Fully Multi-Coated Lenses
-Phase Correction Coating
-Exceptionally Clear, Bright, High Contrast Image
-Excellent Color Fidelity
-Waterproof and Fog Proof
-Direct to Consumer / No Retail Markup
When the Maven CM.1 – 8X32 Monocular arrived I was actually leaving the driveway to head to the woods. I opened the box, and without reading the instructions, took the monocular with me on a hike. Right away I was amazed by the light gathering ability of the Maven CM.1 – 8X32 Monocular. I was also able to quickly line up on visual targets to see them at a very clear 8 power. I had clearer and sharper images than any of my other binoculars and monoculars.
The lens protectors kept the light rain of the day off the optics. The handy wrist strap kept the Maven CM.1 – 8X32 Monocular safe from dropping when I needed two hands for other activities. The rubberized “armor” keeps the monocular from damage by bumps or riding in your coat pocket. The adjustment ring lets you get a crisp clear image no matter the distance.
I can honestly say that I absolutely love the Maven CM.1 – 8X32 Monocular. It is small enough to fit in your pocket, but has a very clear, light gathering image that rivals larger binoculars. This monocular now permanently has an important job of accompanying me into the wilds on every occasion.
If you are looking for an easy to pack way to see farther, I highly recommend the Maven CM.1 – 8X32 Monocular. It will be your new best friend out in the wilds and has all of the great quality of Maven’s other great products.
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