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Handheld Compasses

The best handheld compasses, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on May 22, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3D Leader
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-3 G Global
$75
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Explorer Pro HV
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kasper & Richter Meridian Pro
$159
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H
$110
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Suunto MC-2G Global
$95
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3
$24 - $49
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Suunto Clipper
$20
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Brunton TruArc 15
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Polaris 177
$15 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Brunton TruArc 5
$20 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Suunto MB-6
$56 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Recta Elite Sport Global Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Expedition 15TDCL
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Lensatic 360
$19 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton O.S.S. 40B Compass
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kasper & Richter Lumo Tec
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton 8096-AR
$38 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton 8010G
$18 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton 10B Baseplate Compass
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kasper & Richter Alpin
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton 7DNL
$16 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coleman 30M Digital Sportswatch
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton 9030 Trailbuster
$10 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Brunton 8096 GPS Eclipse
$38 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
Brunton 9020G
$12 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sun Company MiniComp II
$10 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Brunton Nomad V2
$78 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Brunton 8040G
$44 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Brunton Nomad
$78 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brunton 54LU
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Expedition 4
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Suunto KB-14/360RD
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-5
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Ranger Type 15
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Silva Ranger CL
$50 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Silva Ranger Ultra 530
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Silva Wrist Sighting 424
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto Arrow 20
$67 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton 3DLU
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Silva Ranger 15 CL
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Brunton 8099 PRO Eclipse
$106 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Brunton 8099 Eclipse
$78 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coleman Lensatic
discontinued
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (7)
Highgear TrailDrop
$30 MSRP
discontinued

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Recent Handheld Compass Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Suunto MC-2G Global

Superb compass. I cannot imagine a better mirror compass. Many small details that make navigation a lot more fun. This mirror compass stands out among other mirror compasses with big names, but lacking the qualities of this superb Finnish product. Some details I like very much: the opening in the mirror with the notch in the middle makes aiming to the target a lot easier. Nearly all other brands have a ridiculously small opening in the mirror, making it very difficult to find that one landmark in… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Suunto Clipper

Brand new Suunto Clipper compass leaks. I expected hell of a lot more from a Suunto compass than this. I just received it a couple of days ago and today a bubble suddenly appeared. I am in Florida so no cold weather affected it. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Suunto Clipper

A handy compass, easy to read, can be clipped on to backpack shoulder straps, bike packs, whatever. I've had my Clipper since 2009. I bought it from Brunton, where my niece and sister-in-law worked assembling the classic Brunton Pocket Transit, which I used many years ago for surveying along with a plumb bob, surveyor's chain, and of course, topo maps. My niece was the production manager at Brunton, and when they downsized she was the only one assembling the Pocket Transit, in Riverton, Wyoming. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Suunto M-3D Leader

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 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 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