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Silva Explorer Pro HV

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: Silva Explorer Pro HV handheld compass

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

Pros

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

Cons

  • 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! 


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


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


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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.


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


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This compass has a clinometer for measuring angles of slope.


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The magnifier is subtle, but nice.


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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! 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $31

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Specs

Price MSRP: $29.99
Current Retail: $44.95-$49.50
Historic Range: $21.67-$49.50
Reviewers Paid: $31.00
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