Brunton Nomad V2
The Brunton Nomad electronic compass is the replacement for the Brunton Outback, an electronic compass which had a short and apparently unsuccessful life. The current Nomad is the V2, which replaces the V1 version. (I tried the V1, and despite the claims of a gimbal-mounted sensor, a small tilt would change the reading 12-15 degrees off the actual magnetic bearing). The V2 has a bubble level to keep the compass leveled, plus a rubber armored exterior that is apparently intended to help with impact resistance.
Since the V2 Nomad has no sighting system, it has to be aligned by the standard method of holding at chest level. That should be ok for 2-3 degree accuracy, good enough for wilderness navigation jobs, providing you keep the compass perfectly level. The compass has a memory, so it will store and record bearings for you.
The biggest problem with the Nomad is shared with its predecessors - it can't be easily used to take a bearing off a map, so you've got to carry a second baseplate compass or a protractor along for that chore. Also, despite the improvements and claims of water/shock resistance, it's still an electronic device that relies on batteries and can not operate without battery power. Heavier and bulkier than most baseplate compasses, it's no more accurate. It's even more important to use the lanyard at all times so that you don't drop it and crack a circuit board. The extra bulk would be worth it perhaps if this were a GPS receiver, but for a compass? For me, I don't think memory storage is enough reason to risk switching from a reliable, battery-independent needle compass for wilderness navigation, at least for now.
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Great for adventure racing, backpacking or just a meander through the woods, the Brunton F-Nomad V2 Digital compass keeps you on course during all your backcountry adventures. Large digital display offers an easy read of your bearings: backlit digital display is easy to read in low-light conditions. Programmable digital compass gives a bearing to 1-degree accuracy; adjustable declination for fine-tuned local accuracy. Forward and reverse bearings provide accurate direction of travel. Also shows temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit and features a clock, calendar and alarm. Built-in bubble level offers +/- 2deg of accuracy. Features a low-battery indicator; includes one CR2032 3V lithium battery and a neck/wrist lanyard. Closeout.
The Brunton Nomad V2 Pro is a handy navigational instrument for anyone tired of squinting at analog compasses. No larger than a normal baseplate compass, the Nomad Pro gives you your heading in a large, easy-to-read digital readout. The Pro Version incorporates an altimeter so you can track your accumulated and max altitude for bragging rights. The barometer lets you keep an eye on the barometric pressure to get a feel for what the weather has in store. The Nomad is declination-adjustable and has a thermometer, time and date, and two daily alarms. A bubble level lets you get the most accurate compass reading possible.
Brunton's digital compass offers easy navigation with the push of a button. Foward and reverse bearing compassto help find the way. Provides current temperature readings, time and dates and daily alarms. Backlit display for nighttime usage. 3.5" by 2.3" by 0.7", weighs 1.6 oz. 1 degree graduations. 1 degree resolution. Runs on CR2032 batteries (included).
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On Sale. Free Shipping. Brunton Nomad V2 Digital Compass DECENT FEATURES of the Brunton Nomad V2 Digital Compass Backlit digital display Temperature in deg C and deg F Barometer with 0.02 inHg Altimeter display with 1 ft/m resolution 20 Altimeter memories Accumulated and max altitude Altimeter height: 29,000 ft Declination adjustable Forward bearing Bubble level for +/- 2deg accuracy 1deg resolution Dual time / date display Two daily alarms 1 CR 2032 3V lithium battery included Wrist/neck lanyard Overall Dimensions: 3.5in. x 2.3in. x 0.7in. Weight: 3.7 oz Warranty: One year