User Review: Kasper & Richter Alpin
Source: bought it new
The latest version of the K&R Alpin is a very good compass, with excellent manufacturing quality, but does have a few glitches.
- Well made
- Unbreakable sighting mirror
- Compass dial rotates a bit too easily
- Dial uses small-print numerals and tic marks
- Needle is somewhat slow to settle
The K&R Alpin is a very good compass, with excellent manufacturing quality. Like many mountaineering compasses such as the Silva 15T Expedition and the Suunto MC-2G, the Alpin uses a mirror sighting mechanism, but the mirror is made of unbreakable polished aluminum.
Unfortunately, there are a few glitches. The numerals and tic marks on the dial are aren't as large as some others, and numerals are printed only every 30 degrees. The newest version of the Alpin uses a two-piece plastic dial for setting declination. I found this dial to rotate just a bit too easily, and wondered if the setting could be jarred loose, but it seems to work alright (closing the cover prevents contact with the dial, of course.)
Another minor criticism is that the needle is a bit more wobbly than the Suunto Global compass models, and takes longer to settle.
The newest version of the Alpin has a two-piece dial for setting declination, and a plastic 'gate' for capturing the magnetized needle. This seems to work well, as long as you don't allow your fingers to touch the printed top of the dial and wear off the printed numerals and tic marks.