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 has a few annoying glitches that keep it from being competitive with the best mirror-sight baseplate compasses from Suunto and Silva of Sweden.
- Well made
- Unbreakable sighting mirror
- Compass dial rotates a bit too easily
- Dial uses small-print numerals and tic marks
- Needle is wobbly and 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 hard to see and aren't as large as competitive models from Silva and Suunto, and numerals are printed only every 30 degrees. The newest version of the Alpin uses a two-piece plastic dial for setting declination and a plastic gate for capturing the magnetic needle.
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.) You must be careful not to touch the top of the dial and wear the black paint off those tiny tic marks, or you won't be able to read your heading at all.