Suunto KB-20

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Weight 40 g
Dimensions 75 x 55 x 16 mm



The KB-20 is essentially a floating version of the…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars

The KB-20 is essentially a floating version of the KB-14 handbearing compass, and most of its features and limitations are shared with the latter. Like the KB-14 it is not well suited for use with a map or general land navigation, but rather for marine use as a handheld compass for taking bearings to shore targets to locate one's position. For use on the water, the floating case is handy in case you drop it overboard (though an expensive compass ought to be on lanyard attached to your body if you have any sense at all, shouldn't it?).

Unfortunately, in my experience the KB-20 is not as accurate over time as the aluminum-body KB compasses I have owned, and the KB-20 seems more prone to sticking dials and fragility when dropped than the either the KB-14 or the KB-77. Of course, the KB-20 isn't nearly as expensive, either.

Manufacturer's Description

Visit Suunto's KB-20 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Free Shipping. Suunto KB-20 - 260R Compass FEATURES of the KB-20 / 260R Compass by Suunto Accuracy 0.5 Graduation interval 1 Scale: 0-360 Plastic casing Damping liquid Jeweled bearing Optical adjustment Lanyard Floating Available for 5 geographic balancing zones Available in yellow or grey 2-year warranty SPECIFICATIONS: Dimensions: 75 x 55 x 16 mm Weight: 40 g Compass: accuracy 1/2 Floating plastic housing Graduation: interval 1 Lanyard Optical adjustment

- Moosejaw

This handheld floating compass from Suunto® allows the user to sight and follow bearings with accuracy better than 1 degree. Optical lens allows user to precisely read scale inside while sighting a landmark for superb precision. Scale graduations of 1 degree; reverse scale for readings through optical lens and regular scale for viewing from above. Bright yellow housing is easy to find and hard to lose; lanyard for carrying and storage. V-notch for sighting landmarks; optical adjustment for fine-tuning focus.


The Suunto is a hand-bearing floating compass that weighs only 40 g. It is an ideal instrument for marine, professional and outdoor use. It has an accuracy that is better than 1 degree, graduation that is 1-degree and has reverse scale.

- FogDog Sports

Suunto KB-20

previously retailed for:
$54.93 - $84.99

The Suunto KB-20 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen August 23, 2012 at Moosejaw.

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