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Some direction on a compass purchase...

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by scríbhneoir, Apr 30, 2006.

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    I am looking at compasses. For years I used a Brunton in the field as we needed to take strike and dip measurements while mapping. Now I'm looking for something smaller. I want to use it for hiking and orienteering, and this new thing I learned about, trekking on horseback. Someone sets a trail, and using map and compass, riders have to find their ways. No GPSs allowed (besides, hubby already has that toy, surprise, surprise ;) ). I want to be able to set magnetic declination, so I don't want any of the little zipper pull models I've seen. And I like aesthetically pleasing things. I've seen the typical stuff, but was wondering if you all have seen or used something that you really like or would recommend before I go and purchase the same old, same old. Thanks. Oh, and it doesn't have to be in Ti. ;D
     
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    :-[ Oops. Sorry. Thought I had posted in the right place.
     
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    Our SAR team uses only Silva Rangers, either the Model 15 or the Ultra. Two scale romers, ruler, easy to set the declination, durable, etc.
     
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    scríbhneoir,

    That little compass you posted the link for ooks neat, but does it come with a sighting mirror? The mirror is also good for signalling - or getting dirt out of your eye! (used it for that this weekend on a training exercise!)
     
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    That is a good question. I don't know. I didn't find anything in the description about it. It does look neat--not the same old, same old, not that there is anything wrong with classics. I'm still looking at the Silvas, and the smaller Bruntons are nice, and I also like the option of a wrist compass, which would be convenient on horseback. But heck fire, this is the forum of "Betcha can't have just one," so I don't know that it's against the rules to have more than one compass... :D
     
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    scríbhneoir,

    Did you find the perfect EDC compass? I’m also in the market for a good EDCable compass. Any leads?
     
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    No, not yet. I handled a couple down at our local outfitter's, but liked the little kits they made for kids more, complete with flashlight, whistle, and compass. They didn't carry the Silvas that I wanted to look at. I saw some really inexpensive Brunton's at the BX sporting goods store yesterday, but wasn't impressed. I am in the middle of a rather big and pressing job and a bunch of activities for the next week or so, and then I'm going to park at the Compass Store and look at all of them again and see who carries them so I can go play. I will let you know.
     
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    Two words: Garmin GPS....I bought one and dumped all my compasses..........

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    I give another vote for the Silva Ranger. I had used an old Silva Type 7 for Boy Scouts back in the 80's-very basic no frills. The Ranger is great-I got it for my Geology classes in college. Magnetic declination is a snap to set, the sighting mirror is easy to use and it has a clinometer if you ever need one.
     
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    :tickedoff: Nope, GPS not allowed for horse trekking. And konrad has one already...

    How did those cigars work out? :)
     
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    I'm still trying different types at the local cigar store, haven't really found one that I want to stick with...
    Although it is fun trying all them...

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    As Lara Croft says, "Absolutely."
     
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    Hmmmmmm......Lara Croft...........

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    Was your old Brunton marked in Quads? Mine is though I've forgotten all I knew about using it properly for strike, dip etc.

    Also wondering if a compass in a watch is a no-no for horse trekking? Nike makes one that is small relative to Suunto and Trek. They also come with other whizbang features like an Altimeter and Barometer. Also the Timex/Martec analog compass watch is nice.

    -LT
     
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    I'm totally a mil issure tritium compass guy. I also have a military map protractor which will resect you within about 100ft of your location.
     
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    First, get a copy of the maps you plan on using. There's nothing worse than having a compass, only to find out that the scales are not the same as the ones on your maps.

    With that said, the Silva Ranger is a real classic. If you want something really fun to play with, take a look at the Brunton Eclipse line of compasses.