It happens all the time: you’re cruising down some backroad and off in the distance… is that a rock or a bear? I wish I had my binoculars in the truck…Well wish no more. The Maven B.3 10x30 binoculars are the compact answer to seeing a long distance. Most other compact binos feel less worthy than their bigger counterparts, but not the Maven B.3; the first thing I noticed when removing them from the box was how stout they felt. The focus wheel is smooth and precise and the hinge provides just the right amount of tension. Finally, the optics themselves are stellar. Mavens, in order to keep costs down, are only sold through their website, and you can order stock optics or customize the pair you want. $550; mavenbuilt.com.