Compasses

Category

Handheld
Compass Watches

Brands

Ultimate Survival Technologies
Coghlan's
Sun Company
Silva
Brunton
REI
Suunto
Highgear
Cammenga
Cabela's

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Men's

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 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

Brunton TruArc 5

rated 5 of 5 stars Great backup compass, With today's GPS, compass and maps are lost art. I use this as my backup, a just-in-case tool. But I find using it simple and reliable. I use it all the time. Precision artillery, NO. Finding my way home, YES! Full review

Suunto MC-2

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Works great for me, I have heard of people having up to a 6 degree offset, which could be catastrophic. I wish it had a measuring device in more that just 1:24000, also the miles are NM but not labeled as such. I have used this a few times for bushwhacking locally, got me back to the trail. If you know how to use all the functions and have a good map this is an excellent beginner compass. The Rotating dial gets kind of rough if it gets dirty. However, it stays in place.  It is pretty easy to use,… Full review

Top-Rated Compasses

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Ultimate Survival Technologies Lensatic Compass Handheld Compass
$4
Coghlan's Trail Compass Handheld Compass
$5
 
Sun Company Zippersnapper 1 Handheld Compass
$5
Silva Fisheye 328 Handheld Compass
$5 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Brunton 9068 Handheld Compass
$6 MSRP
Silva Companion 609 Handheld Compass
$10
 
Coghlan's Map Compass Handheld Compass
$7
 
Sun Company Magnicomp Biner Compass Handheld Compass
$7
 
Ultimate Survival Technologies Folding Map Compass Handheld Compass
$7
Silva Sportsman's Tool 625L Handheld Compass
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Starter 1-2-3 Handheld Compass
$8 - $13
REI Mini Compass Handheld Compass
$8 MSRP
Silva Forecaster 610 Handheld Compass
$10
Sun Company Triple Gage Compass Handheld Compass
$10
Brunton 9045 Handheld Compass
$10
Brunton 9077 Handheld Compass
$10
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton 9030 Trailbuster Handheld Compass
$10 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sun Company MiniComp II Handheld Compass
$10 MSRP
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Brunton 9075 Handheld Compass
$10 MSRP
Brunton Tag-a-Long Compass Handheld Compass
$10 MSRP
Brunton 28NL Handheld Compass
$10 MSRP
Sun Company Therm-O-Compass Handheld Compass
$11
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
Brunton 9020G Handheld Compass
$12 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 Handheld Compass
$13
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Suunto A-10 Handheld Compass
$13 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Polaris 177 Handheld Compass
$14 - $18
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Suunto Clipper Handheld Compass
$15 - $19
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton 7DNL Handheld Compass
$16 MSRP
Silva Explorer 203 Handheld Compass
$17 - $21
Suunto A-30 Handheld Compass
$18 - $24
Silva Huntsman 423 Handheld Compass
$18 - $23
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton 8010G Handheld Compass
$18 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Lensatic 360 Handheld Compass
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brunton TruArc 5 Handheld Compass
$20
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Silva Guide 426 Handheld Compass
$20 - $25
Brunton 20B Baseplate Compass Handheld Compass
$21
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Brunton 26DNL Handheld Compass
$22 MSRP
Suunto MCB Handheld Compass
$23
Silva Trekker 420 Handheld Compass
$23
Coghlan's C-Tech Big Screen Digital Compass Handheld Compass
$24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-2 Handheld Compass
$24 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-9 Wrist Compass Handheld Compass
$25 - $36
Silva Explorer Type 3 Handheld Compass
$25
Silva Trekker Type 20 Handheld Compass
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Explorer Pro HV Handheld Compass
$26 - $32
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3 Handheld Compass
$28 - $36
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 7 Handheld Compass
$30 - $32
Suunto MCB Amphibian Handheld Compass
$32
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-3 Global Handheld Compass
$30 - $51
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (7)
Highgear TrailDrop Handheld Compass
discontinued
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