Compasses

Category

Handheld
Compass Watches

Brand

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

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Unisex
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 15

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Do not buy this compass. Buy a better one. You will anyway if you buy this one. I found nothing to compliment the actual compass. It is poorly constructed when the bezel falls out when trying to set declination. Loss of the bezel in the field could get you killed. There are two degree scales on the bezel that confuse setting direction of travel because the mirror is on the wrong end of the base. If you align the north end of the needle with the red needle on the baseplate while sighting through… Full review

Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H

rated 5 of 5 stars I have used the milspec/issue Tritium H3 clam since 1979. 4 stars for accuracy and occasional pivot point/card slip, but for the $, it's great. Lasts about 10-12 years, then donated to scouts. Also used the Pyser M-73 (degrees) Black Liquid Prismatic Compass and MILS a lot in locations not friendly to U.S. It too is 5 stars. A great compass. Beware of Amazon and eBay knockoffs. If it's a life support kit, DO NOT skimp.     Full review

Brunton TruArc 15

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Such a pity about the previous reviews...This compass works well! The sticker on the bottom is purely to protect the base of the capsule before the user receives it. Open the box take out the compass and peel the whole sticker off the base and there you have it, perfectly map worthy. I'll admit that there are some small flaws like the rotation of the bezel (would be nice to have some resistance) and the printing of the bearings is not perfect, but the rest of the compass does a perfectly good job. Full review

Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Very well built, impressive compass, at least until the lens fell out. I bought two of these compasses over the years. The first one I lost on a hunting trip, and when I went back to look for it, well, the olive drab paint is difficult to spot in the grass. Take that as a plus or minus, depending on your perspective. The second one I bought I used for all types of activities. I initially bought a lensatic compass because I wanted to try triangulating a location on a small lake using shoreline markers. Full review

Suunto Core

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Second one just quit again after less than 12 months. Not acceptable for the price. Talk about love/hate. When this thing is new and working as it should it was easily my favourite. Unfortunately it just can't go the distance. Cosmetically it will wear out and scratch way faster than you'd expect of an 'adventure/outdoor' watch. That alone I could probably forgive but I'm onto my second watch in under two years now and it's just failed out the exact same way the first one did. While the screen still… Full review

Brunton TruArc 15

rated 1 of 5 stars Not designed by someone who ever used a compass. The idea of a compass with a global needle is always a good, one would presume. Pity is that the execution is horrible. The declination adjustment angles/inclination angles and the grid lines at the bottom of the capsule are printed *on a sticker*, which means, that (1) you cannot align the capsule with the grid lines in a map and (2) it might just fall off. In most online images this is not obvious because the background is also white, buyer beware! Full review

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

Top-Rated Compasses

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Ultimate Survival Technologies Waypoint Compass Handheld Compass
$4
Silva Forecaster 610 Handheld Compass
$5 - $9
Silva Fisheye 328 Handheld Compass
$5 MSRP
 
Ultimate Survival Technologies Folding Map Compass Handheld Compass
$6
Silva Companion 609 Handheld Compass
$6
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Brunton 9068 Handheld Compass
$6 MSRP
Brunton 9041 Handheld Compass
$7
Silva Sportsman's Tool 625L Handheld Compass
$9
Sun Company Minicomp Handheld Compass
$8 MSRP
REI Mini Compass Handheld Compass
$8 MSRP
Brunton 9045 Handheld Compass
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Starter 1-2-3 Handheld Compass
$10 - $13
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
$13
Sun Company Therm-O-Compass Handheld Compass
$12
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
Brunton 9020G Handheld Compass
$12 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Polaris 177 Handheld Compass
$12 - $16
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 Handheld Compass
$13 - $15
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Suunto A-10 Handheld Compass
$15 - $21
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton 7DNL Handheld Compass
$16 MSRP
Suunto A-30 Handheld Compass
$17 - $27
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton 8010G Handheld Compass
$18 MSRP
Coghlan's C-Tech Big Screen Digital Compass Handheld Compass
$19
Silva Explorer 203 Handheld Compass
$19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Lensatic 360 Handheld Compass
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Suunto Clipper Handheld Compass
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Brunton TruArc 5 Handheld Compass
$20 - $26
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Silva Guide 426 Handheld Compass
$20
Silva Huntsman 423 Handheld Compass
$20
Silva Trekker Type 20 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 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-2 Handheld Compass
$119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Explorer Pro HV Handheld Compass
$26
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-9 Wrist Compass Handheld Compass
$26 - $36
Brunton 20B Baseplate Compass Handheld Compass
$26
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 7 Handheld Compass
$28 - $35
Suunto MCB Amphibian Handheld Compass
$32
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (7)
Highgear TrailDrop Handheld Compass
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3 Handheld Compass
$32 - $44
Brunton 50M Mirrored Compass Handheld Compass
$35
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton 8096-AR Handheld Compass
$38 MSRP
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Brunton 8096 GPS Eclipse Handheld Compass
$38 MSRP
Brunton TruArc 10 Handheld Compass
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Silva Ranger CL Handheld Compass
$42 - $49
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Suunto MC-2 Handheld Compass
$44
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