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Lightweight recreational compass made of durable, clear, scratch-resistant acrylic
Employs Suunto's two-zone system for reliable readings in northern hemisphere
Fixed declination correction scale, jewel bearing, and dual scales (cm or inches)
Ergonomically designed to fin in palm; includes lanyard with detachable snap-lock
This item is not for sale in Catalina Island
ORM-D Class 3
Lifetime guarantee to be free of defects in material and workmanship
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are a lot more expensive compasses and unless you're calling in a air strike it is pointless to spend the extra money. With a good topo map and some basic knowledge, included in the pamphlet, this compass is all you most likely will ever need. It is indestructible, light weight and it's easy to get a quick read with. I have been to the Boundary Waters with this compass as well as winter camping, sailing in the Florida keys (Sea Base) and hiking in the Rockies (Philmont) and never found it inadequate in the past 9 years! Even with my GPS I always have a map and compass. This compass even helped me become an eagle scout. Haha modesty isn't in the scout oath or law! The reason I mention my adventures isn't to stroke my ego, I just want to back up my claim to not spend the extra money on such an essential piece of gear. More expensive compasses usually complicate things, which doesn't help anything, they don't put red in the shed any better.
I've used Brunton, Silva and Suunto basic baseplate compasses for both general hiking and white/yellow level orienteering as well as teaching cub scouts the basics of compass use. This one is my favorite. Comfortable in the hand and accurate as it needs to be.
I have a more expensive Suunto with all the bells and whistles, but I picked this one up so I would always have one in my rucksack. Over the weekend I did a night hike by headlamp up a mountain that I had previously only day hiked. I got completely turned around up on the rocks and after a fall that shook me up, I had pretty much decided to just spend the night up there and wait for sunrise. I found an old trail and my instincts told me to bear to the right. I had a map and this compass and it told me to go the left direction. Three hours later I was back to camp and avoided an uncomfortable and cold night on the rocks. I like this compass because it is stripped down and easy to use in the situations where you will really need it, usually dark and windy. The minimal cost compared to potentially spending an unexpected night on a mountain is well worth it.
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