Compasses

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Handheld
Compass Watches

Brand

Cammenga
Brunton
Suunto
Casio
Silva
Highgear
Sun Company
Timex
Tech4o
Coleman

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Unisex
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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

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

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

Top-Rated Compasses

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H reviewed Oct 27, 2017
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Brunton TruArc 15 reviewed Aug 16, 2017
$43 - $49
user rating: 2 of 5 (25)
Suunto Core reviewed Jun 2, 2017
$176 - $529
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Brunton TruArc 5 reviewed Feb 15, 2017
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Casio Pathfinder PAG80-1V reviewed Dec 24, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 20 reviewed Oct 8, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Expedition 15TDCL reviewed Jun 22, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator reviewed Jun 11, 2016
$76 - $95
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 7 reviewed May 24, 2016
$24 - $32
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Casio PRG270 reviewed Mar 30, 2016
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Suunto MC-2 reviewed Feb 26, 2016
$44 - $64
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 reviewed Oct 16, 2015
$10 - $13
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Brunton 8099 PRO Eclipse reviewed Jul 9, 2014
$106 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton 10B Baseplate Compass reviewed Jun 17, 2014
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (7)
Highgear Summit reviewed May 16, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1100T-7V reviewed Apr 24, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass reviewed Apr 15, 2014
$44
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sun Company MiniComp II reviewed Apr 6, 2014
$10 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Lensatic 360 reviewed Jan 10, 2014
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto Arrow 20 reviewed Jan 6, 2014
$67 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Timex Expedition WS4 reviewed Dec 28, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Silva Ranger CL reviewed Dec 8, 2013
$37 - $59
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Tech4o Data Center II reviewed Nov 28, 2013
$100 MSRP
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Casio SGW100B-3V reviewed Sep 19, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton O.S.S. 40B Compass reviewed Jun 20, 2013
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coleman 30M Digital Sportswatch reviewed May 27, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Explorer Pro HV reviewed May 14, 2013
$26 - $32
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Brunton 8099 Eclipse reviewed Feb 19, 2013
$78 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3 reviewed Jan 21, 2013
$32 - $42
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Suunto A-10 reviewed Jan 21, 2013
$15 - $21
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (7)
Highgear TrailDrop reviewed Nov 17, 2012
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Highgear Axio Max reviewed Aug 25, 2012
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kasper & Richter Alpin reviewed Aug 14, 2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Suunto MB-6 reviewed May 18, 2012
$52 - $82
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Suunto X-Lander reviewed May 10, 2011
 
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Tech4o Traileader 1 reviewed Mar 17, 2011
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Nike Lance 4 reviewed Feb 28, 2011
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAG40-3V reviewed Jan 13, 2011
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Silva Guide 426 reviewed Jan 4, 2011
$16 - $23
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1500-1V reviewed Nov 26, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Starter 1-2-3 reviewed Oct 17, 2010
$11 - $13
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Silva Ranger 15 CL reviewed Oct 5, 2010
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Polaris 177 reviewed Sep 27, 2010
$14 - $23
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Tech4o Traileader Jet reviewed Aug 19, 2010
user rating: 2 of 5 (8)
Highgear Alterra reviewed Jun 27, 2010
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton 7DNL reviewed Jun 20, 2010
$16 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Suunto Vector reviewed Feb 8, 2010
$199 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Expedition 4 reviewed Dec 12, 2009
discontinued
 
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Suunto Mariner reviewed Dec 12, 2009
discontinued
user rating: 2 of 5 (3)
Highgear Axis reviewed Oct 18, 2009
discontinued
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