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Recent Compass Reviews

Brunton 8099 PRO Eclipse

rated 2 of 5 stars Good idea. Poor construction. Over the years, I've had a lot of compasses as a 17-year-member and Team Leader of a local S&R organization. They just interest me and I get a lot of use from them. I've owned several Bruntons, Silvas, and Suuntos among others. Every Brunton I've owned eventually got a bubble in the capsule. None of the Silvas. The disc (needle) of the Brunton also jumps off the needle it rotates on, causing it to tip off at an angle. It's just bothersome for the amount of $ one… Full review

Brunton 10B Baseplate Compass

rated 4.5 of 5 stars There were two major needs for this compass: 1. It must have 2 degree increments and 2. Must be able to set declination. It has both! I bought this compass for navigation in the backcountry. It has worked fine. I can set the declination to my area without needing any tools. The only thing that worried me was if I would accidentally adjust the declination because there is no tool needed but I haven't had any issues with it. For a compass for under $15 I think this is a fine addition to the Ten Essentials! Full review

Suunto M-3D Leader Compass

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great compass and may be your lifesaver. It is compact, non-electronic, luminous, magnifier lens, and has the ability to adjust for the regional declination. This could be your lifesaver when you need it the most (lost, injured). Suunto is a primo leader in compasses. Combine it with your GPS system and with your maps and you should be able to keep out of trouble in the outdoors.   It is a high quality product from a leader in the field. I highly recommend the compass and I highly recommend… Full review

Sun Company MiniComp II

rated 3 of 5 stars At 9g/.32 oz, the Sun MiniComp II is a surprisingly well-featured mini-compass that takes up little space and virtually no weight. A great backup to digital technology or a lightweight backup option when you need to check direction. Don't swap out your go-to Suunto or Silva, but if the ultralight bug has bitten you, this is something to consider for quickly orienting maps or taking a bearing. When I am in the backcountry, I make it a point to have map and compass with me. I generally carry these… Full review

Silva Lensatic 360

rated 5 of 5 stars Sturdy, reliable version of the Engineer's liquid-damped lensatic compass. My Silva Lensatic 360 compass has proven to be sturdy, reliable, and accurate compass for wilderness navigation. It is not made by Silva of Sweden but by Johnson Outdoors, who own the Silva brand name in North America and who source this compass from a manufacturer in Taiwan (Manufacturers in both Japan and Taiwan have supplied thousands of these liquid-damped lensatic compasses over the years, some better made than others). Full review

Suunto Arrow 20

rated 4 of 5 stars Simple, effective baseplate compass with fast-settling needle. I purchased the Suunto Arrow-20 for general wilderness navigation and occasional orienteering events. The Arrow-20 is a conventional baseplate compass fitted with a millimeter scale and an oddball 1:15,000 map scale (probably intended for maps commonly used in orienteering competition). Circular and triangle cut-outs in the baseplate allow the orienteer racer to pencil in control markings on the map.   The Arrow-20 has a large rectangular… Full review

Silva Ranger CL

rated 5 of 5 stars This compass is one of the best out there. Very durable, accurate, and easy to use. The Silva Ranger compass has been the benchmark for over a half century. Used by outdoorsmen, contractors, surveyors, silviculturists, miners, and anyone who needs to rely on the best directional instrument the world has to offer. I have used the Silva Ranger for over 40 years years, and found it to be the easiest to use, and the most accurate and reliable compass, through all types of weather and temperatures. Although… Full review

Suunto M-3D Leader Compass

rated 5 of 5 stars The Suunto M-3D Leader Compass simply meets my detailed traditional requirements for use with my USGS Quad topo maps and my Garmin eTrex Venture HC hand held GPS (that is still available for about $100.00) for hiking on trail, off trail, scrambling and for bagging peaks in summer and sketchy winter weather. It is great for snowshoers, skiers, snowmobile riders, hunters and horsemen! The Suunto M-3D Leader Compass simply meets my detailed traditional requirements! Here is why: 1. A reasonably long,… Full review

Casio SGW100B-3V Multifunction Watch

rated 2.5 of 5 stars A waterproof watch that might know where North is and tells you lies about the temperature, but has a nice battery life. A digital compass on a waterproof watch is basically a free back-up tool if you can count on it! In fact...I highly recommend such a watch for those who can afford it...so when I originally purchased the Casio Mulit-Function watch I thought those of us with modest incomes might have just caught a break! Unfortunately with this watch you will never know if the watch is pointing… Full review

Top-Rated Compasses

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Brunton 8099 PRO Eclipse
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Brunton
8099 PRO Eclipse
reviewed Jul 9, 2014
$106 MSRP
Brunton 10B Baseplate Compass
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton
10B Baseplate Compass
reviewed Jun 17, 2014
$13
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto
M-3D Leader Compass
reviewed Apr 15, 2014
Sun Company MiniComp II
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sun Company
MiniComp II
reviewed Apr 6, 2014
$10 MSRP
Silva Lensatic 360
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva
Lensatic 360
reviewed Jan 10, 2014
$18 - $22
Suunto Arrow 20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto
Arrow 20
reviewed Jan 6, 2014
$50
Silva Ranger CL
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Silva
Ranger CL
reviewed Dec 8, 2013
$38 - $76
Casio SGW100B-3V Multifunction Watch
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Casio
SGW100B-3V Multifunction Watch
reviewed Sep 19, 2013
Brunton O.S.S. 40B Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton
O.S.S. 40B Compass
reviewed Jun 20, 2013
$45
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coleman
30M Digital Sportswatch
reviewed May 27, 2013
Silva Explorer Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva
Explorer Pro
reviewed May 14, 2013
$23
Brunton 8099 Eclipse
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Brunton
8099 Eclipse
reviewed Feb 19, 2013
$50
Suunto M-3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto
M-3
reviewed Jan 21, 2013
$35 - $65
Suunto A-10
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Suunto
A-10
reviewed Jan 21, 2013
$17 - $18
Highgear TrailDrop
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (7)
Highgear
TrailDrop
reviewed Nov 17, 2012
discontinued
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Cammenga
Tritium Lensatic / 3HC
reviewed Sep 1, 2012
Cammenga  Compass
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Cammenga
Compass
reviewed Aug 14, 2012
Kasper & Richter Alpin
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kasper & Richter
Alpin
reviewed Aug 14, 2012
Suunto MC-2G Navigator
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Suunto
MC-2G Navigator
reviewed Jul 18, 2012
$55 - $84
Suunto MB-6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Suunto
MB-6
reviewed May 18, 2012
$50 - $70
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Cammenga
Lensatic Compass
reviewed Apr 6, 2012
Silva Guide 426
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Silva
Guide 426
reviewed Jan 4, 2011
$20 - $23
Silva Starter 1-2-3
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva
Starter 1-2-3
reviewed Oct 17, 2010
$12 - $16
Silva Ranger 15 CL
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Silva
Ranger 15 CL
reviewed Oct 5, 2010
discontinued
Silva Polaris 177
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva
Polaris 177
reviewed Sep 27, 2010
$13 - $16
Brunton 7DNL
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton
7DNL
reviewed Jun 20, 2010
$16 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
Suunto M-2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto
M-2
reviewed Sep 30, 2009
$24 MSRP
Brunton 9020G
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
Brunton
9020G
reviewed Sep 30, 2009
$12 MSRP
Brunton 8010G
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton
8010G
reviewed Sep 4, 2009
$18 MSRP
 
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Combination Compass
reviewed Jun 9, 2009
$11
Suunto Clipper
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Suunto
Clipper
reviewed Mar 30, 2009
$18
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kasper & Richter
Lumo Tec
reviewed Dec 28, 2008
Brunton 3DLU
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton
3DLU
reviewed Dec 12, 2008
discontinued
Brunton 9030 Trailbuster
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton
9030 Trailbuster
reviewed Dec 12, 2008
$10 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Recta
Elite Sport Global Compass
reviewed Dec 11, 2008
Suunto M-3 Global
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto
M-3 Global
reviewed Dec 11, 2008
$48
Kasper & Richter Meridian Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kasper & Richter
Meridian Pro
reviewed Aug 27, 2008
Timex Expedition E-Compass
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Timex
Expedition E-Compass
reviewed Jan 21, 2008
Timex Digital Compass Watch
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Timex
Digital Compass Watch
reviewed Nov 24, 2007
Brunton 9075
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Brunton
9075
reviewed Oct 29, 2007
$10 MSRP
Brunton Nomad V2
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Brunton
Nomad V2
reviewed Dec 31, 2006
$50
Brunton Nomad
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Brunton
Nomad
reviewed Dec 31, 2006
$78 MSRP
Silva Ranger Ultra 530
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Silva
Ranger Ultra 530
reviewed Dec 31, 2006
discontinued
Brunton 8096-AR
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton
8096-AR
reviewed Dec 16, 2006
$38 MSRP
Brunton 8040G
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Brunton
8040G
reviewed Dec 14, 2006
$44 MSRP
Suunto KB-20
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Suunto
KB-20
reviewed Dec 13, 2006
Suunto KB-14/360RD
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Suunto
KB-14/360RD
reviewed Dec 13, 2006
discontinued
Brunton 8096 GPS Eclipse
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Brunton
8096 GPS Eclipse
reviewed Dec 12, 2006
$38 MSRP
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