Discussion in 'Other Tools' started by Lazarusaurus, Jan 26, 2019.
Looks amazingly like the one I lost in the fire. Slowly but surely getting some of my gear replaced.
Nice piece of gear, I hope you get lots of enjoyment from using it.
That's a nice compass! Very practicle.
Nice compass what brand is it and where did you get it? I'm in the market for one
His compass is a Suunto MC2. You can find them everywhere.
The buschraft store here sells the global version for a good price. Sportsmans warehouse carries them if you don't like online shopping.
Nice. It gets my vote for best over-all/all-around orienteering and backcountry compass available today.
Here in my heavy woods though, I really like my simple and inexpensive Suunto A30. Plenty accurate, comfortable to use and carry.
Among my critera for a "good" compass to navigate by, my vote is for the Suunto M-3. Get the D or NH model. I like the longish baseplate for use on a map. Lightweight and sturdy. The bezel turns easily and the base has useful scales. No need for the higher expense of the G (global) model if you do not plan to travel south of the equator. I have more than a dozen of these that I use for myself and for a training course I teach. I also have a couple of the MC-2 compasses ( as shown in the photo), but The gain in accuracy with the mirror is minimal if any (best use is for emergency signaling or shaving). Either model has an optional declination adjustment, which I occasionally use for SAR. The Suunto A30 or the A10 are very fine as basic inexpensive compasses, but do not have the declination adjustment. None of these is any more accurate than the other or than the care taken by a practiced user.
I used to like the Silva brand, but those now available in the USA are all made in China and are of inferior quality to the originals we could get years ago from Sweden.
I don't like any of the consumer grade Brunton model compasses for various reasons, although they continue to make the highest quality survey equipment.
You are absolutely right about the Silva. I have two Rangers (adjustable declination - I'm a surveyor) and the newest one is 20 years old.
@Yknpdlr , agreed on all counts. If you look close at my avatar you can see an M-3 on the upper left shoulder strap of my pack. Hands down my favorite of the many I own.
As fast as the magnetic poles are moving, you might look for one with ball bearings in the bezel.
Good to hear!
Replacing things is a process. We had a house fire in 2011 & lost most of what we owned in that fire. I still have items come to mind that I may never replace. Some items aren't needed, but I miss not having them. Believe it or not, the item I miss not having the most is an original Fairbairn-Sykes commando dagger I had. And certain family photos. How wierd, huh?
Alas, the material things won't go with me when I move on. Family is what matters most. The tragedy definitely brought us all closer. And that I am forever grateful for. We find ourselves enjoying the simple things more. Those little moments that give living a deeper meaning.
My original Silva Ranger is around 40 years old. I self-taught myself how to navigate far off trail in the Adirondacks and now teach those techniques to SAR and to law enforcement. When that compass, which I considered my old friend and partner in the woods, developed a bubble many years later, I decided to buy a new one, not knowing at the time that it was made in China. Although the new one does work, I was very disappointed in the build quality and overall feel in comparison to my original. I have since changed my goto compass purchases to the Suunto brand and have well more than a dozen of them.
If the pole shift gets too bad I'll just open her up and flip the needle over.