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The best compasses, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on September 24, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Brunton TruArc 5 Handheld
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass Handheld
$44
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Explorer Pro HV Handheld
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-3 Global Handheld
$70 - $80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kasper & Richter Meridian Pro Handheld
$159
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H Handheld
$92 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator Handheld
$69 - $95
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 Handheld
$17
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Suunto Clipper Handheld
$20
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Brunton TruArc 15 Handheld
$60 - $74
user rating: 2 of 5 (26)
Suunto Core Compass Watch
$219 - $229
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Polaris 177 Handheld
$15 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto Observer Compass Watch
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Casio Pathfinder PAG80-1V Compass Watch
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Suunto MB-6 Handheld
$56 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Recta Elite Sport Global Compass Handheld
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Expedition 15TDCL Handheld
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Lensatic 360 Handheld
$19 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1500-1V Compass Watch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton O.S.S. 40B Compass Handheld
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Suunto Vector Compass Watch
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Silva Ranger CL Handheld
$50 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1300-1V Compass Watch
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kasper & Richter Lumo Tec Handheld
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1300T-7V Compass Watch
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton 8096-AR Handheld
$38 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton 8010G Handheld
$18 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton 10B Baseplate Compass Handheld
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kasper & Richter Alpin Handheld
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Casio PRG270 Compass Watch
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM Compass Watch
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton 7DNL Handheld
$16 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coleman 30M Digital Sportswatch Handheld
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto Arrow 20 Handheld
$67 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton 9030 Trailbuster Handheld
$10 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Brunton 8096 GPS Eclipse Handheld
$38 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Timex Expedition WS4 Compass Watch
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1100T-7V Compass Watch
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
Brunton 9020G Handheld
$12 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Brunton 8099 PRO Eclipse Handheld
$106 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Casio SGW100B-3V Compass Watch
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sun Company MiniComp II Handheld
$10 MSRP
Highgear Axio Max Compass Watch
$150 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Brunton Nomad V2 Handheld
$78 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Brunton 8040G Handheld
$44 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Brunton Nomad Handheld
$78 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brunton 54LU Handheld
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Expedition 4 Handheld
discontinued

Recent Compass Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass

Very good well made compass. Hard to see in dim light. Nice choice for regular long distance navigation use. Unlike old model, new models lack outline box to center southern portion of needle over. I like the older model. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Suunto Clipper

The Suunto IS available again. Good small compass. I put a small lanyard through the clip and put it in my pocket—not on a wrist. Excellent for general direction finding. I would have preferred the old "Comet" model, which was the same compass, but mounted on a small baseplate instead of a clip on. Takes a few moments for direction indicator to settle—not for racing. A great choice for backup of GPS, or ultralight backpackers. Unlike eBay knockoffs, markings are engraved (not just printed) onto… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H

An accurate and tough compass that will give a lifetime of service. The Tritium won't, but this can be replaced by Cammenga every 13 years or so. I have used this compass for the past year but have tried out a phosphorescent version for some time. I use the 3H mainly for navigating at darker times as we move to lookout areas for early morning calling. I do take it out on hikes and walks to keep skills up and really like the lensatic compasses for navigation. When they are quality built they are… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Suunto Core

Watch is AWFUL. Suunto refused to replace it even though it was UNDER WARRANTY. Terrible company. Go with Garmin, more expensive but you won't have to replace your watch every 6 months. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Brunton TruArc 15

Very well made. And before you complain as many have done regarding the double bearings...LEARN THE COMPASS VERY WELL! Somebody has commented that the double azimuth is confusing and the mirror in this compass is placed wrong.  Well do not make a conclusion, unless you have made your homework very well.  Before a product is made, professionals are involved. So before your complaints...do your homework very well in learning the compass in this case. The destination arrow is black. Which means the… Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H

Way too inaccurate. Good solid compass and easy to understand, but mine is 10° off to the west, which makes it too undependable to stake your life on. Cammenga says they'll repair it for $50??? Really? A new compass? Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM

Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM—For what it costs and the superb durability you get from it, it is a no-brainer for a beginner and casual user. First of all, I am not a professional trail runner nor an avid trekking or hiking goer. Overall I am an outdoor enthusiast and that has from time to time the chance to go to the beach, mountains, or project sites. For all these duties, and more, this watch is more than capable. In a world where the summit is for the SUUNTOs and TISSOT T-Time (in terms of technology… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Silva Ranger CL

It failed out of the blue and could have got me killed. Warranty is dependent on the merchant. Not impressed. Could have bought cheap Chinese and had same experience. Used it for about a year and it was fine. Then one day I was out in the bush and it seemed off and then I tested it and it had no accuracy at all. Good thing my partner found me or I would have been in big trouble because of it.   The warranty is a joke—totally dependent on the merchant. Not impressed with their product.  Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Brunton TruArc 5

Air bubbles at low temp. Unsure about durability of decal. I purchased 12 of these for our Scout Troop. We have found that large air bubbles form in each of them when at low temperatures. Once they warm back up to room temperature the bubbles go away. Have reached out to Brunton support, and depending on their response we may return them to the store we purchased them at and go with the Silva Explorer Pro. Full review