• 8x42 • $325 • Direct-to-consumer brand
The upstart company that brought us customizable optics—the ability to bling out a binocular—has introduced a dressed-down 8x42. You can’t mix and match your own furniture on the C.1. But what you get is a very good optic at about a third the price of Maven’s B.1. It sources the C.1 from the Philippines (the B.1 originates in Japan), and shaved both cost and weight with a polymer frame. The optics are bright and crisp, and the aluminum trim gives the C.1 a restrained but distinctive appearance.