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  1. ohsocountry1

    ohsocountry1
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    what makes a good compass? obiviously one that points the right direction haha:thumbup: but other then that does liquid filled make a difference is that good? what compass's do all of you use?
     
  2. timbernet

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    Brunton 15TDCL or Silva Ranger are both really well liked compasses.
     
  3. MarkAd

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    The fluid makes a big differece. It dampens needle movement giving you quicker reading.
    Also no matter what you use. Use it a lot.
     
  4. BlvdKing

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    I have a Silva Ranger and really like it. I use it for SAR and trust it completely.
     
  5. waltermitty

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    mirror, slope/declination indicator, magnetic deviation adjust, scales marked on
    base plate corresponding to the maps I use most often. having blathered all
    that, my current is the.....Silva Ranger. :) lightweight, slim, well made, does
    what I need it to do for my alpine/glacier travels.
     
  6. John Gault

    John Gault
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    +1 for the Silva:thumbup:
     
  7. twoclones

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    Depends on your level of expertise and need for accuracy. I use a little $12 Brunton to start me walking in the right direction when I'm using GPS to navigate. When I have to find something small {like an old mine opening or quarter corner} using a topo map, I grab my Brunton Pocket Transit {current msrp $490}.

    Liquid is good but when buying a cheapo I make sure the declination can be adjusted on the unit so I don't have to remember it every time I look at the map.
     
  8. ohsocountry1

    ohsocountry1
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    thanks everybody for your help it is just being thrown in a shtf bag
     
  9. Sun195

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    Agree - the Silva Ranger is a good standard to go by. Something that has adjustable declination, a base plate w/ various scales, a lanyard, and a sighting mirror are all features that I'd look for.

    Although, be warned - it looks like the Silva Ranger being sold by REI isn't the same as the old model. Brunton 15TDCL may be what you really want. Suunto MC-2G might be another option.
     
  10. zeezee

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    Ditto. :thumbup:
     
  11. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo
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    Silva Ranger or the equivalent is good enough for ordinary woods use getting from here to there. You will want something better for surveying or for work requiring a degree of precision.

    Do not trust the electronic compasses that come on your handheld GPS or smart phone. They are simply too finicky and require too-frequent calibration and mickey-mousing around with. Stick with a liquid filled case, magnetic needle and adjustable declination.
     
  12. Dan-Dee Sales Inc

    Dan-Dee Sales Inc
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    Brunton 9020G. Cheap and easy. Has an adjustable declination which is important in this area.

    Brunton 9020G
     
  13. tkdguy

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    Must have! Get one that can reset for declination! Or, you will be way off when reading a topo map! A good compass with declinaton adjustment could have been purchased for $20 several years ago. But those with more features were about $40.00. Good luck.
     

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