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Discussion: Which Compass to buy

in: Orienteering; General

Apr 13, 2019 12:32 AM # 
Maine Guide:
I know everyones has the opinions so I'm sure I'll get different suggestions. I've been using a basic Silva for years but I'm looking to upgrade. I also am a Guide examiner for the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. So I would like to upgrade to a better baseplate. I like the reviews for the Suunto MC2 NH. Can someone tell me if it's a good choice or shouldI look elsewhere? I'm not worried about having a decimation locking device that requires using a screwdriver. Wonder if a mirror helps that much more.
Thanks for any input,

Maine Gude
Apr 13, 2019 1:55 AM # 
What's the motivation to upgrade? I will mention that pretty much nobody on here uses a compass with declination adjustment or a mirror or any other fancy features. Needle that points north, and for some, a rotating capsule, and that's it. Some like interchangeable distance scales that can slide into the front edge. Elites are more interested in the speed and stability of the needle than anything else.
Apr 13, 2019 2:56 PM # 
The simplest compass is the best. Helps you concentrate on the map reading instead of bearings. I have enjoyed using the Silva Clip On 19NL Compass.
Apr 13, 2019 5:08 PM # 
I would get a Mosc Compass or Silva thumb compass. ( I have both). Mosc starting on the cheaper end I think there was disk (stable version) < then star (fast and stable) < then Silva (fast and stable).

Depends on how much you want to spend. I find all of them good, it comes more down to training to affect the quality of the bearing. Also idk all the new models, so these were what I got like 2-3 years back.
Apr 13, 2019 7:41 PM # 
Maine Guide, what are you planning on using the compass for? Almost all of the users on this site are using various forms of thumb compass for orienteering races and then use that same compass whenever else they might need one.

You may have a different use case and therefore different requirements from your compass.
Apr 17, 2019 7:51 AM # 
If you want a thumb compass go for a st8 compass.

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