Brunton 58 Kayak
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $40
A standard for kayak navigation.
- easy to use
Hands-free orientation is a must when kayaking, so forget the hand-held compasses used for hiking. Also, I wouldn't bother with a lighted compass...it is one more thing that can break and is not needed if you just use a headlamp.
This is the perfect size, is easy to read, accurate, functional, and simple. I may eventually get the mounted version but the portability results in many benefits too. If kayaks are stored outside, the compass can be removed and stored inside to protect it from damage. It can also remain protected during transport of your kayak. It can also be transferred from one boat to another (if you have multiple boats), saving you money. Finally, I don't always need a compass (short, local, familiar trips) so this stays protected in a case, extending the lifespan for when I do need it.
I have used this compass on several week-long trips in the Everglades. In conjunction with charts, I barely needed my GPS. In a long crossing situation, I use the GPS to take a bearing, and then trust in the compass to maintain my course. This is what sailors have relied on for hundreds of years.
A good compass is just as important, if not more, as modern technologies. And the batteries will never die on you.
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Waterproof and built to last - the Brunton 58 Kayak Compass is what you need for open water navigation. Shockproof, dependable and capable of taking the worst you and the elements can dish out.The direct reading disk is easy to read in all light conditions.This excellent compass clips to your deck rigging with four easy clip elastic bungee cords.Removes quickly when you get ready to transport your kayak.10-degree graduations for precise on-the-water navigation.Don't venture out on the water without a fool-proof compass.
Bruton 58 Kayak Compass - The Bruton 58 Kayak Compass is waterproof and built to last - exactly what you need for open water navigation. The direct reading disk is easy to read in all light conditions. 10 degree graduations provide for precise on-the-water navigation. Its shockproof, dependable and capable of taking the worst you and the elements can dish out. This excellent compass clips to your deck rigging with four easy clip elastic bungee cords.
Size: 3.38"x 3.38"x 2". Weight: 4 oz. Direct reading disk. 10° graduations. Elastic strap mounts.
- Vargo Outdoors
It is what it's called, the kayaker's compass. Waterproof and built to last, the 58-Kayak straps on to your kayak with elastic cords and is easily removed to throw your boat on the rack.
- Rocky Mountain Trail