Compasses

Category

Handheld
Compass Watches

Brands

Brunton
Silva
Suunto
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Cammenga
Coghlan's
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Cabela's
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Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Compass Reviews

Brunton TruArc 5

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a nice well made compass with the basic set of features you should have if you intend to use it for navigation. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this compass to anyone looking for a compass to use while backpacking, hunting, etc. First off I want to say that I received this compass as a gift for being a past reviewer of the month here at Trailspace. I think it might be helpful to give you an overview of my background with respect to navigation skills so that you can put my review in perspective… Full review

Casio Pathfinder PAG80-1V

rated 5 of 5 stars Received a PAG 80 as a gift that I've wanted in 2008, it was about $100 at the time. It is a great watch to have with you. But, you must make adjustments to the ALTIMETER and Barometer to get correct Compass direction. The only issue I have after so many years is the band. The little eye broke and the band gets in the way... Full review

Brunton TruArc 5

rated 5 of 5 stars Nice compass and great value. I use it for astronomy, so I needed an adjustable magnetic declination. Brunton's instructions on setting the mag dec leave something to be desired, so here's a vid: Overall, still a 5 rating to me for value and quality.  Full review

Brunton TruArc 20

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Good backcountry compass made to handle abuse! Good compass for backcountry travels where a compass may be subjected to some abuse. Rubber boot and covers provide good protection to the compass itself. Like the 1° resolution and the map scales are nice. Being able to adjust for declination without a tool is nice as well. My only complaint is the inclinometer built into the compass center is just a sticker applied from the back and on my model featured some small bubbling in the adhesive. A very… Full review

Silva Expedition 15TDCL

rated 5 of 5 stars A tough and well made reliable compass. This compass, like all other Silva models, is very high quality. I recently purchased this model to replace an earlier compass that had no clinometer. I was rather pleased to see that the quality of this model is as good as my 20-year-old Ranger. In use the baseplate markings come in very handy with 1: 25 000 and 1: 50 000 romer scales and CM / INCH measures. The markings are very well applied and I can't see these ever wearing away. (They are still as good… Full review

Suunto MC-2G Navigator

rated 1 of 5 stars Nowhere near the quality of my mid-1990 Suunto. The lid closure is too tight, putting a lot of strain on both the lid and the baseplate acrylic lugs. Poorly etched base plate markings will not last long. Dial markings look like they have been applied by a 4 year old. Very poor quality when compared to my old Suunto. What a shame! Love the needle. That's why I bought it. Don't like the lid closure. That's why I sent it back. I can see this breaking the acrylic lugs. It really is that tight. Couldn't… Full review

Brunton TruArc 7

rated 3 of 5 stars Purchased the compass a couple of days ago from REI. Overall has a good build quality. However the squeeze declination adjustment just does not work. Have been struggling with the same for a few days now. Full review

Casio PRG270

rated 4 of 5 stars Solar-powered altimeter, barometer and compass (ABC) watch with temperature sensor, world time, stopwatch, and timer. The Casio PRG270 Suunto and Garmin watches represent the gold standard in hikers’ watches and the Casio PRG270 will inevitably be compared to them. However, it should be kept in mind that the PRG270 is basically an altimeter, barometer and compass (ABC) watch, with the addition of a temperature sensor, world time, stopwatch and timer. It does not have GPS or advanced athletics… Full review

Brunton TruArc 15

rated 3 of 5 stars Not something I'll recommend. All the different tools and function that come with this are a good idea in theory but, when you put it together with chintzy plastic it doesn't matter how good of a cool idea you have. When you put it into play it can become a piece of trash really quick. And that is my experience with this compass.  They could have used some better lightweight material to snap things together. The center piece pushed out so easily and the plastic holding it in broke too. I couldn't… Full review

Top-Rated Compasses

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Brunton TruArc 5 Handheld Compass
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Polaris 177 Handheld Compass
$12 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Starter 1-2-3 Handheld Compass
$8 - $13
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass Handheld Compass
$44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Silva Ranger CL Handheld Compass
$37 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3 Handheld Compass
$28 - $36
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Suunto MB-6 Handheld Compass
$52 - $82
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Explorer Pro HV Handheld Compass
$33
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Lensatic 360 Handheld Compass
$18 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-3 Global Handheld Compass
$30 - $51
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator Handheld Compass
$76 - $95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 20 Handheld Compass
$49 - $53
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Suunto A-10 Handheld Compass
$13 - $21
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-9 Wrist Compass Handheld Compass
$36
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 Handheld Compass
$13 - $122
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Suunto Clipper Handheld Compass
$15 - $20
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 15 Handheld Compass
$30 - $50
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 7 Handheld Compass
$30 - $127
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Suunto MC-2 Handheld Compass
$39 - $64
user rating: 2 of 5 (24)
Suunto Core Compass Watch
$220 - $529
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Silva Guide 426 Handheld Compass
$20 - $23
Suunto M-3G Global Pro Handheld Compass
$80
Brunton 9045 Handheld Compass
$10
Sun Company Zippersnapper 1 Handheld Compass
$5
Cammenga Phosphorescent Lensatic 27 Handheld Compass
$70
Sun Company Magnicomp Biner Compass Handheld Compass
$7
Suunto Arrow 30 Handheld Compass
$35 - $50
Silva Forecaster 610 Handheld Compass
$10
Suunto Elementum Terra Compass Watch
$950
Suunto M-3 NH Handheld Compass
$32
Suunto MC-2G Global Handheld Compass
$67
 
Coghlan's Map Compass Handheld Compass
$7
Brunton O.S.S. 60M Compass Handheld Compass
$40
Brunton Tag-a-Long Compass Handheld Compass
$84
Suunto MC-2D Handheld Compass
$45
Brunton 50M Mirrored Compass Handheld Compass
$35
 
Ultimate Survival Technologies Lensatic Compass Handheld Compass
$4
Silva Explorer Type 3 Handheld Compass
$25
Silva Explorer 203 Handheld Compass
$17 - $18
Coghlan's C-Tech Big Screen Digital Compass Handheld Compass
$24
Suunto Arrow 6 Handheld Compass
$39 - $55
Suunto MC-2 G Handheld Compass
$95
Cabela's Cammenga 3H Tritium Compass Handheld Compass
$90
Silva Ranger CLQ Handheld Compass
$42 - $53
Columbia Singletrak Compass Watch
$125
Suunto KB-20 Vista Handheld Compass
$72
Silva Trekker Type 20 Handheld Compass
$25
Suunto MCB Amphibian Handheld Compass
$32
Brunton 9077 Handheld Compass
$10
Suunto A-30 Handheld Compass
$18 - $27
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