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Silva Starter 1-2-3

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: Silva Starter 1-2-3 handheld compass


Price MSRP: $11.99
Current Retail: $18.49-$29.89
Historic Range: $7.99-$29.89
Reviewers Paid: $8.00


2 reviews
5-star:   2
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Great simple hiking compass. Run some para-cord to a buttonhole, and drop her in your shirt pocket, even if you go without your pack, it is always with you. I always like to be aware of my basic heading, and take readings periodically when off the hiking trail.

I do have a backup in the rucksack, but I run the Starter as my main. After 11+ years in the military with the S&Y lensatic compass, you would think that is what I would run now, but the 1-2-3 does the job just fine without the bulk/weight, and carrying is a breeze so you won't go without.


  • Simplicity

As an ex-marine and surveyer if for trail work you can't find your way with this you need more map classes. Realiable and simple.

Price Paid: $8

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