Compasses

The best compasses, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on October 10, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Compass Reviews

Silva Ranger CL

rated 1 of 5 stars 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

Brunton 8099 Eclipse

rated 5 of 5 stars Easy to use compass. Very intuitive. Customer support is the best. I have had this compass since 2006 or 2007. I first learned map and compass in the military and I think that this compass is more intuitive than military compasses. The declination is very easy to set and needs no tools. It comes with a lifetime warranty. Normally, I would have given this a four-star rating, but because of the great customer support, I upgraded to five stars. After 3 or 4 years of use, the needle started sticking… Full review

Brunton TruArc 5

rated 3 of 5 stars 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

Brunton TruArc 15

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Do not buy this compass. Buy a better one. You will anyway if you buy this one. I found nothing to compliment the actual compass. It is poorly constructed when the bezel falls out when trying to set declination. Loss of the bezel in the field could get you killed. There are two degree scales on the bezel that confuse setting direction of travel because the mirror is on the wrong end of the base. If you align the north end of the needle with the red needle on the baseplate while sighting through… Full review

Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H

rated 5 of 5 stars I have used the milspec/issue Tritium H3 clam since 1979. 4 stars for accuracy and occasional pivot point/card slip, but for the $, it's great. Lasts about 10-12 years, then donated to scouts. Also used the Pyser M-73 (degrees) Black Liquid Prismatic Compass and MILS a lot in locations not friendly to U.S. It too is 5 stars. A great compass. Beware of Amazon and eBay knockoffs. If it's a life support kit, DO NOT skimp.     Full review

Brunton TruArc 15

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Such a pity about the previous reviews...This compass works well! The sticker on the bottom is purely to protect the base of the capsule before the user receives it. Open the box take out the compass and peel the whole sticker off the base and there you have it, perfectly map worthy. I'll admit that there are some small flaws like the rotation of the bezel (would be nice to have some resistance) and the printing of the bearings is not perfect, but the rest of the compass does a perfectly good job. Full review

Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Very well built, impressive compass, at least until the lens fell out. I bought two of these compasses over the years. The first one I lost on a hunting trip, and when I went back to look for it, well, the olive drab paint is difficult to spot in the grass. Take that as a plus or minus, depending on your perspective. The second one I bought I used for all types of activities. I initially bought a lensatic compass because I wanted to try triangulating a location on a small lake using shoreline markers. Full review

Suunto Core

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Second one just quit again after less than 12 months. Not acceptable for the price. Talk about love/hate. When this thing is new and working as it should it was easily my favourite. Unfortunately it just can't go the distance. Cosmetically it will wear out and scratch way faster than you'd expect of an 'adventure/outdoor' watch. That alone I could probably forgive but I'm onto my second watch in under two years now and it's just failed out the exact same way the first one did. While the screen still… Full review

Brunton TruArc 15

rated 1 of 5 stars Not designed by someone who ever used a compass. The idea of a compass with a global needle is always a good, one would presume. Pity is that the execution is horrible. The declination adjustment angles/inclination angles and the grid lines at the bottom of the capsule are printed *on a sticker*, which means, that (1) you cannot align the capsule with the grid lines in a map and (2) it might just fall off. In most online images this is not obvious because the background is also white, buyer beware! Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Polaris 177 Handheld
$17 - $23
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Starter 1-2-3 Handheld
$8 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass Handheld
$44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Brunton TruArc 5 Handheld
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3 Handheld
$32 - $36
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Suunto MB-6 Handheld
$53 - $82
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Explorer Pro HV Handheld
$28 - $33
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Lensatic 360 Handheld
$24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton Com-Pro Pocket Transit Handheld
$648 - $719
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-3 Global Handheld
$51 - $52
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Silva Ranger CL Handheld
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator Handheld
$62 - $95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 20 Handheld
$54 - $71
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Suunto A-10 Handheld
$15 - $21
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-9 Wrist Compass Handheld
$25 - $36
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 Handheld
$13 - $16
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Suunto Clipper Handheld
$14 - $19
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 7 Handheld
$30 - $32
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Suunto MC-2 Handheld
$39 - $48
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Combination Compass Handheld
$11
user rating: 2 of 5 (4)
Brunton TruArc 15 Handheld
$43 - $59
user rating: 2 of 5 (25)
Suunto Core Compass Watch
$153 - $299
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Silva Guide 426 Handheld
$24 - $25
Suunto MC-2 Pro Handheld
$42 - $56
Suunto M-3G Global Pro Handheld
$80
Brunton 9045 Handheld
$10
Sun Company Zippersnapper 1 Handheld
$6
Sun Company Magnicomp Biner Compass Handheld
$8
Suunto Arrow 30 Handheld
$36 - $50
Silva Forecaster 610 Handheld
$10
Suunto M-3 NH Handheld
$33
Brunton Tag-a-Long Compass Handheld
$7 - $12
Suunto MC-2D Handheld
$40 - $60
Brunton 50M Mirrored Compass Handheld
$35
Sun Company Minicomp Handheld
$9
Casio PAG240-1 Compass Watch
$200
Casio PRW2500-1 Compass Watch
$250
Silva Explorer 203 Handheld
$19
Brunton Gentleman's Compass Handheld
$135 - $199
Suunto Arrow 6 Handheld
$56
Brunton Tag Along Watch Compass Handheld
$7
Brunton 9041 Handheld
$6 - $7
Cabela's Cammenga 3H Tritium Compass Handheld
$105
Suunto KB-20 Vista Handheld
$68
Brunton 9040 Handheld
$5
 
Ultimate Survival Technologies Waypoint Compass Handheld
$4
Suunto MCB Amphibian Handheld
$22 - $32
Brunton 9077 Handheld
$10
Suunto A-30 Handheld
$19 - $21
Ultimate Survival Technologies Folding Map Compass Handheld
$6
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