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Anybody who has been out in a woods, a jungle, a mountainous area, or just a large acreage knows the value of a good compass.  Accurate use of a compass can save you both lots of time and lots of steps.  Most boy and girl scouts, members of the military, and outdoorsmen have received training in orienteering and the proper use of a compass.  I am recommending the following compasses to help you in choosing a good compass.  There are many compasses available out in the market.

(I would also like to offer two tips involving compasses.  The first tip is to attach a long shoelace or a lanyard to your compass in a loop and wear it around your neck whenever you are using the compass.  The compass will be easy to grab when you want to check it, and you’ll greatly reduce your risk of losing your compass – – – a tip I learned the hard way when my special forces unit was conducting a night exercise in the jungles of Panama.  The second tip is to take your time when making your compass readings and double check each reading to make sure it is accurate.  A bad compass reading is never helpful.)


Suunto MC-2G Global Compass

This is high quality mirrored compass which gives accurate directional measurements.  It has a fixed declination adjustment system which is very good for areas with large magnetic variations.  It also has luminous bezel and markings for nighttime compass use.  The compass weighs about 2.65 ounces and comes with a lanyard but not a protective case.  You can purchase a protective case for about $11.   The Amazon customer satisfaction rating for this compass is 4.5 stars.




Silva Lensatic 360 Compass

This is another good quality lensatic compass that weighs just 3 ounces.  It has the same classic design as a military compass.  It has a sighting slit, a sighting arm, and luminous points on a rotating bezel.  Amazon customers awarded this compass with a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating.





Suunto A-10 Compass

This is a very good quality compass that weighs a little over 3 ounces.  It has a fixed declination correction scale and comes with a lanyard with a detachable snap-lock.  This compass has an Amazon customer satisfaction rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.





SE Military (Prismatic) Lensatic Compass, 2-1/8″ Diameter Face

This is an affordable, good quality lensatic compass.  It has a thumb ring, and a sighting window with sighting line.  The compass comes with an 18 inch lanyard and a belt pouch for storing and carrying it.  Amazon customers gave it a customer satisfaction rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars.

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