User Review: Brunton 8010G
This compass has one major flaw. The compass directions (excluding the cardinal directions) are marked out on the dial with white tick marks and white numerals. These are constructed by silk screening black ink on white plastic in the areas where numerals or tick marks are not intended to be.
The problem is this: the black silk screened ink rubs off very easily. On only two trips into the back country (Red River Gorge Geological Area), 40 degrees worth of ink has rubbed off making the tick marks between 320 and 359 indistinguishable.
While the compass is easy to use, accurately finds magnetic north, and features a reliable and handy declination adjustment, I am displeased with the rate at which the dial face is deteriorating. If you do purchase this compass, I recommend keeping it in a close fitting non abrasive cloth case rather than keeping it loose in a pack pocket.
Note to Brunton: Instead of silk screening the markings on a flat piece of plastic, mold the face with recessed markings that won't rub off. Awkwardly (since Silva owns Brunton), my ancient (at least 20 years old) Silva 7NL has a full set of 180 distinguishable markings every 2 degrees since they are recessed.