Silva Explorer Pro

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A high quality baseplate compass with many functions…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $31


A high quality baseplate compass with many functions at a low price point! Declination adjustment, clinometer, and magnifier all for under $35.


  • High quality
  • Lots of useful functions
  • Inexpensive
  • Lifetime warranty


  • Direction of travel arrow not super obvious

Silva carries a lifetime warranty on this compass, and it is a super product. This compass is great to work with for planning, and when out in the field! The measurements of the compass: 2.125" x 4.1875", weighing in at 1oz. The high visibility bezel really helps! 


The dial is easy to turn, and has 2˚graduations.


The compass has a gear driven adjustment for magnetic declination on the bottom of the compass.


It has 1/10 mile scales for USGS 1:24,000 and 1:62,500 maps, and an inch ruler on the three square sides. I find the baseplate a sufficient length for marking maps, many compasses out there are simply too short.


For those brave enough, there are several luminous points for night use. 


This compass has a clinometer for measuring angles of slope.


The magnifier is subtle, but nice.


There's not much more to tell, but this is one nice piece! There is also an upgraded model for those who can't live without a sighting mirror. I highly recommend this compass if you're considering upgrading the mother of all essentials! 

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Silva's Explorer Pro page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Silva Explorer Pro Hi-Vis CompassYou'll always know where to go as long as you have the Silva Explorer Pro Hi-Vis Compass. This amazing compass features an improved design that utilizes the Ranger bezel with high-visibility/ high-contrast cardinal markings to make it crisp, clear, and easy to read. It comes with a built-in magnifier so you won't have any problems reading map details, while a clinometer keeps track of the slope angle for backcountry touring. The compass also enables easier dial rotation, better grip, and fits comfortably in your hand. Plus, the new luminous points provide better visibility at night than Silva's old paint and won't degrade over time. Ensure your survival when you're out in the open wilderness with the help of the Silva Explorer Pro Hi-Vis Compass.

- SunnySports

Description of Silva Explorer Pro CompassErgonomic explorerErgonomically designed Explorer compass with addition of a clinometer and a geared declination scale for quick adjustments of map bearings to field headings. 124,000 and 162,500 direct reading scales ensure accurate mapping and plotting. Extended base plate has inch and 110-mile direct reading scales that meet U.S.G.S. standards.Features2 dial graduations Built-in magnifier for map details Geared declination scale for quick adjustments of map bearings to field headings Inch and 110 mile scales 124,000 and 162,500 scales Map magnifier Clinometer 2.125 x 4.1875 1.0 oz.

- US Outdoor Store

With the Silva Explorer Pro Compass, you'll be able to accurately plot your course through vast tracks of wilderness. The base plate fits comfortably in your hand, and a built-in magnifier takes the fuss out of reading map details. A 1/10-mile direct reading scale allows for accurate mapping and plotting while the clinometer keeps track of the slope angle for backcountry touring.


Magnetized Tungsten Steel needle on a friction free sapphire bearing for a lifetime of accurate direction finding. The Silva Explorer Pro also works in temperature ranges from -40F to +F. No batteries needed! Scratch resistant base plate with magnifyin