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17 Top Rated Hiking & Navigation – Maps & Compasses

The ability to navigate with a compass and map is a key skill. It can literally save your life. Your compass and map can also do other important tasks like informing you where you are, what’s around you and the optimal way to get where you need to go.

A compass is a much more reliable and cheaper tool than GPS. Take look at TOP-17 compasses and maps with a detailed review.

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DeLorme State Topographic Atlas DeLorme State Topographic Atlas and Gazetteer Brunton® 9077 Lensatic Military-Style Compass Silva Guide™ Explorer 2.0 Compass Brunton® TruArc 3 Base Plate Compass Silva Guide™ 2.0 Compass Silva Starter 1-2-3 Compass Brunton® TruArc™ 15 Compass Brunton® TruArc™ 10 Compass Brunton Truarc Mirror Compass Brunton® Geo Pocket Transit Compass Brunton® ADC Pro Atmospheric Data Center Brunton® DWB 1894 Gentleman's Pocket Compass Brunton® TruArc™ Compasses Brunton® Non-Magnetic Tripod Brunton® Compass Instructor Kit Brunton® Ball and Socket Transit Mount
DeLorme State Topographic Atlas DeLorme State Topographic Atlas and Gazetteer Brunton® 9077 Lensatic Military-Style Compass Silva Guide™ Explorer 2.0 Compass Brunton® TruArc 3 Base Plate Compass Silva Guide™ 2.0 Compass Silva Starter 1-2-3 Compass Brunton® TruArc™ 15 Compass Brunton® TruArc™ 10 Compass Brunton Truarc Mirror Compass Brunton® Geo Pocket Transit Compass Brunton® ADC Pro Atmospheric Data Center Brunton® DWB 1894 Gentleman's Pocket Compass Brunton® TruArc™ Compasses Brunton® Non-Magnetic Tripod Brunton® Compass Instructor Kit Brunton® Ball and Socket Transit Mount
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Brand Brunton Silva Brunton Silva - Brunton Brunton DeLorme Brunton Brunton Silva Brunton Brunton Brunton Brunton DeLorme Brunton
Wt 3 oz. 2.4 oz. 24 oz. - 2.2 oz. - 2.2 oz. - 2.4 oz. 12.8 oz. - - 3.6 oz.</li> </ul> 1.7 oz. 1.1 oz. - 3.2 oz.

DeLorme State Topographic Atlas

  • Up-to-date full-color topographic maps;
  • Shows remote backroads, boat ramps and more;
  • Includes campgrounds, family activities and outdoor adventures.

An indispensable trip planner and take-along guide for outdoor recreation and family activities. These atlases cover entire states with up-to-date, full-color topographic maps. Discover a wealth of detail at a glance, including remote back roads, hidden lakes and streams, hunting lands, fishing waters, boat ramps, state and national parks and forests, BLM lands, railroads, power lines, airfields, and more. Gazetteer section includes campgrounds, family activities and outdoor adventures.
Available: Florida, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina.
Florida does not have contour intervals.

DeLorme State Topographic Atlas and Gazetteer

  • Up-to-date, full-color topographic maps;
  • Help you plan outdoor recreation and family activities;
  • Gazetteer section includes campgrounds.

An indispensable trip planner and take-along guide for outdoor recreation and family activities. DeLorme's State Topographic Atlas and Gazetteer cover entire states with up-to-date, full-color topographic maps. Discover a wealth of detail at a glance, including remote back roads, boat ramps, hidden lakes and streams, hunting lands, fishing waters, boat ramps, state and national parks and forests, BLM lands, railroads, power lines, airfields and more. Gazetteer section includes campgrounds, family activities and outdoor adventures.
Available: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut/Rhode Island, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland/Delaware, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire/Vermont, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Michigan and Florida do not have contour intervals.

Brunton® 9077 Lensatic Military-Style Compass

  • Classic military-style compass for lensatic sighting;
  • Durable painted metal construction;
  • Easy-to-see luminous points;
  • Straight edge for mapping;
  • 2° graduations.

Brunton's 9077 Lensatic Military-Style Compass boasts a rugged, easy-to-use painted metal construction that stands up to bold outdoor excursions with ease. This magnetic unit includes a magnifying lens to help you make quick work of deciphering the 2° graduations, has been liquid dampened and comes complete with luminous points that make reading simple any time of day. One straight edge makes it a breeze to map routes. Lensatic sighting.
3"L x 2.2"W x 1.2"H.
Wt: 3 oz.

Silva Guide™ Explorer 2.0 Compass

  • Contoured baseplate for a comfortable fit in your hand;
  • Integrated inch ruler and 1/10-mile scales for USGS maps;
  • Magnifier helps read map details;
  • Declination scale ensures accuracy;
  • Illuminated for low-light conditions.

Take your adventures off the beaten path with Silva's Guide Explorer 2.0 Compass. Contoured baseplate fits in your hand comfortably, while its extended design includes an inch ruler and 1/10-mile scales for USGS 1:24,000 and 1:62,500 maps. Integrated magnifier helps read the fine details on maps and charts, while declination scale ensures accuracy. Illumination allows simple reading in any light conditions. Built-in lanyard for on-the-go convenience.
4.4"L x 2.2"W x 0.4"H.
Wt.: 2.4 oz.

Brunton® TruArc 3 Base Plate Compass

  • Versatile base plate compass that works anywhere;
  • Classic, no-frills design with modern day performance;
  • TruArc Global Needle system – tool-free declination compensation;
  • Metric and standard baseplate scales;
  • 2° resolution increments.

A classic scouting compass design with modern day features, the Brunton TruArc 3 Base Plate Compass helps you get where want to go. This time-tested, no-frills design delivers classic compass performance from a design that is compatible across the globe. Featuring the TruArc Global Needle system, the TruArc 3 offers tool-free declination compensation (allowing for east or west declination settings to +/- 180°) to ensure worldwide compatibility. Metric and standard scales on the TruArc 3's baseplate makes map navigation quicker and more efficient. 2° resolution increments.
3.5"L x 2.5"W 0.5"H.
Wt: 1.1 oz.

Hi! I'm Kevin from gear to go Outfitters. And today I'm going to show how to use the Brenton trumpets. This is a bass play style compass. You can adjust it for magnetic declination. It should come zeroed out but you do know the declination east. You can actually enter it in so when you're taking a magnetic bearing.

You're going to be reading a true bearing which is how your mouth reads so to do that here to simply squeeze the middle of the vial over here. And you'll see the needle bail move. We can set declination so here in New York which is about thirteen point. One degrees west roughly. I can actually use my declination scale thirteen point. One degrees left over here and then we'll set the compass on reading true bearings but make sure the way you get the compass in that. It's zeroed out so zero degrees east. We can't really have time for a full line navigation cost right. When basic parts of the compass.

You do have your direction of travel arrow your orientating arrow your magnetic needle the vial your declination scale. And your azimuth ring and your rulers on the side so. You don't even know how to use a compass just simply know. That the red needle is going to point north. It is affected by mental objects so. We want to keep it away from metal objects could be your car could be a fire tower especially get at your bearing so the very least. You just need to know where North is the red nail is going to point to north. We are going to take a bearing we're going to point the direction of travel arrow in front of. Us we're going to hold a comes like a tank turret. And we're going to turn the as math ring until. We get cold red in the shed. This with a magnetic needle inside of the orientating arrow. And then read the bearing on the azimuth ring where. It intersects the direction of travel arrow but that's a quick and dirty class we offer a full day class on. That but you just need to know. What where north is the magnetic Nia will point to North.

Something that doesn't take up hardly. Any space and still gives. All the abilities neither compass did so. Idon't have to worry about. Anything all right so. That is pretty handy itself the instructions are always good to have. This compass has the in kilometer needle on. This way you can actually see the angles. It has of course rotating bezel. It has a tool list declination change. And basically squeeze. It in the middle with your finger under the bottom. And the inside will rotate so. You can set it to the declination of your area as well. It has a globally balanced needle in. And a lot of the compasses out there actually charging quite a bit.

More for I don't know. What the difference is between save my other compass. That did not have a global needle in. And the ones that do but the ones. That do typically run a little bit. More money not going to travel around the world with. Whatever it's good to have I'm not a huge fan of the way the sighting apparatus goes in. You clip the front and then the back kind of snaps down but. You know it works it's a little tricky getting it out the back pops out just fine but the front is kind of stubborn but it's a decent compass the other thing. Iliked about it was only about 32 bucks. This compass I bought. It was actually about 42 buts. It was quite a long time ago. Ithink I'm gonna put the lanyard on. And it's going to find its permanent home in my pack. This model of compass is the Brenton true arc 7 it's also made in the USA it's.

Another good reason to buy. It thanks for watching.

Silva Guide™ 2.0 Compass

  • Simple design is easy to use;
  • Durable, compact design for portability;
  • Inch measuring scales and two map scales.

Boasting a compact design, Silva's Guide 2.0 mirror-sighting Compass is ideal for your out-in-the-wild adventures. Illuminated for easy reading in any light conditions. Inch measuring scales as well as 1:24,000 and 1:62,500 map scales.
3.5"L x 2.2"W x 0.7"H.
Wt.: 3.8 oz.

Silva Starter 1-2-3 Compass

  • Simple design is easy for beginners to understand;
  • Durable, small baseplate fits young hands well;
  • Built-in lanyard hole for convenience.

Simple to use and understand, Silva's Starter 1-2-3 Compass is ideal for youngsters learning the art of navigation. Durable, clear baseplate is small enough to fit young hands. 2° dial graduations along with both inch and millimeter scales allow them to plot courses for adventures. Convenient lanyard hole.
3"L x 2"W x 0.5"H
Wt: 2.4 oz.

This is the Silva Field Compass. It's recommended for camping use. Not really recommend it for night use, it doesn't have luminescent indicators. It's made of really good plastic. It's a liquid field. It has absolutely no bubbles. It features rotating bezel that allows you to compensate for declination.

The red part of the needle always points to the north, magnetic north but depending on your position of on the earth globe the geographic north may be different from the magnetic north. This campus allows you to compensate for that difference. The difference is called the declination. It features many indicators 50 millimeter rulers. One 250-thousand scale on the right side. One to 25000 scale on the left side also degree indicators.

It came with a neck lanyard. You can wear it around your neck by inserting the lanyard through this loop, it's very light. This lanyard comes with a fast detach. Whatever is you know. This is called I really prefer this to a knot. As well it came with the manual. Many languages, all the major languages. I think is harder. It describes you the silver 1 2 3 system quick 3 steps for navigating very useful. I really like it so far didn't use this in the field. I just unboxed. Something I don't like about it I'll make a different video degree. It's nice.

Brunton® TruArc™ 15 Compass

  • Full-coverage sighting mirror cover offers lasting protection;
  • Magnified readout with high-visibility cling for low-light use;
  • TruArc Global Needle system and Ever-North magnet;
  • Triple clinometers system provides local reference info.

Complete with a full-coverage sighting mirror cover for additional protection, as well as an easy-to-read magnified readout, Brunton's TruArc 15 Compass ensures you stay in the know and aware of your location at all times. Thanks to the high-visibility cling, it's a cinch to decipher the 1° graduations in low-light and nighttime conditions, while the TruArc™ Global Needle system ensures reliable use worldwide, and an Ever-North™ magnet delivers super-precise measurements. Triple clinometers system provides speedy reference info regarding avalanche safety and earth-science fieldwork in your immediate area. Integrated map magnifier and bubble level.
4"L x 2.5"W x 0.6"H.
Wt: 3.2 oz.

Hello everyone! This is Brian with tsimko survival. I decided to do an update for the Brenton Tarak 20 compasses. And that's going to be very short video. I already did, I already had a video posted for it but a lot of people kind of got stuck on the lanyard thing and that's not the reason. I actually consider this compass to be a failure, so I'm gonna take that video down and redo it to better clarify what issues I have with it.

A lot of the issues are very small. You can go ahead and watch my original video for those something I found after that video. So I'm gonna go ahead and just focus on that, the kind of better clarify. What I'm talking about here.

Now the issue I have is this compass the hash marks that go around the outer edge here to mark the degrees are not the same distance apart. They go out at angles. It really looks like a five-year-old drew them let. What I mean you look right down there at the bottom of. That green marker you can see. That not one of those marks between the 190 or the 160 mark and the 150 mark. Not one of them is straight or the same distance apart right there at the bottom of that green line. For example, one of those five markers is completely different spacing. Now a lot of people are going to say well why does that matter well. It matters a lot. It comes to the accuracy of a compass. This needle here is accurate and pointing in the right direction. These markers are actually your bearing and that's what's going to actually give you your directions. If these marks are not straight and are not lined up and evenly separated then your bearings are going to be off. They aren't going to point the same direction as you're supposed to be going because they're going to be different distances as you can see.

You know the difference between this bearing and that bearing is very little but in essence between this bearing and this bearing is fairly significant. That difference can throw your compass off accuracy every compass is going to be a little bit off just because of the needle okay not every compass is exactly correct. Because the needles themselves are going to have a little bit of an error. Most range between 05. And 1% okay not a huge deal I'd prefer. More like half a percent but a 1% is better. Most of them but one not only is. That needle going to be off. I believe they state. That it's 05 which is. One of the reasons I wanted. You look at the bottom there those hash marks are also off so as a result.

I don't know what my actual bearings are like. Somebody gave me a bearing you know to go meet with them. Something like that gave me a bearing and I turned this compass to that bearing I don't know many degrees off. I'm going to be from where I'm supposed to be all the way around these things are different spacings. As you can see, very few of them actually match up. And because of that issue, I consider this compass to be not worth very much because it's just if my bearings can't be accurate because the distance spacing is off. Then I supposed to know that I'm actually going where I'm supposed to be going and hmm on a side. Note one of the things that people were telling me on my last video was to attach the lanyard point instead of on the boot to attach it right here on the compass.

And that's fine and good that'll work but my concern is this isn't a metal. There's no metal in here at all. In fact you can see there that it's just two little pieces of plastic that make up the hinge. And my concern is and the two pieces aren't even connected together. My concern is this lanyard through that hole, this bounces around. Anything else you know hits a tree. Anything like that the impact on this could end up misaligning my hinges. That point this thing becomes a lot harder to use. It may not open properly. It may not lock properly so. I don't feel comfortable with the fact. That I'm we having to use the hinge itself which is just plastic to put. This on personally I would have much preferred. They actually put a lanyard spot on the compass somewhere other.

Then just there and that's technically not a lanyard spot that's technically your sighting home so you're not really supposed to put a lanyard there it's a fix but it's not meant for. Where the lanyard is meant to go so there. You have this is my update my new update to the button to our compass. That I've clarified things a little bit for everybody so. We don't I don't have. More confusion as far as. What I have a problem with goes my problem isn't with minor stuff like the lanyard point. Or an arrow anything like. That's minor stuff that's. Something I can deal with my issue is with those lines right down there not being evenly spaced. And for those of you who say.

It doesn't matter it does matter. If you're one degree off on a compass like this. That's fifty-two feet for every mile you walk a 100-mile hike which people do is going to put you a mile off of your actual destination point so having a compass that is already going to be about a half a degree of which is what they advertised for this Brenton. And then combined with the fact. I have no idea how far off I'm going to be because of. These lines being off. I don't know what the actual degrees are but the actual bearing is. These lines are so off so. I have no idea this thing could be five percent off for all. And I'm not willing to take. That risk on a piece of equipment. That I'm supposed to be able to rely on especially in a situation like.

I go camping and get lost. This thing to be able to get. I can't end up miles off course just because the people who made this couldn't take the time to make the bearing markers properly that's the problem. That problem so I have clarified things for everybody. This is the last video I'm going to be making on the Brenton because I'm not going to remake this again. You have a problem with what I've done here. You want to just like the video. Anything like that. Go ahead. It but at least watch the video. And kind of talk with me about it. Leave a message me know why you're disliking the video so I can better understand what's going on but there. You have that is my update.

It doesn't quite stand up to my expectations so let me kind of go through. It a little bit and explain. What I mean it has a rubber boot here which. You can take off like. All right it also has a lanyard hole attached to the boot which. I don't particularly like. I could live without the boot but. If the compass falls out. While I'm hiking then I'm stuck with a piece of rubber. I can use I actually put the instruction manual in there but inside of here. You get your little charts. You can see here I'm not actually going to go through. These in detail you know. You know how to use compasses you'll know. What these are if not there are plenty of reviews. And things on YouTube explaining how to go ahead.

That but I'm just going to go ahead. And do a review on the compass for now. This is the actual compass itself okay. It has a hard plastic top to. It could have been metal for fifty dollars. I kind of would have expected. It to be metal but it's not it's kind of grey hard plastic. It is a siding compass with the mirror so there's a benefit there. I think the mirror is a little bit too small the mirror could have probably been a little bit bigger the overall size of the compass is fairly small actually. It comes to a compass a navigational tool like. I don't think you want to shrink things. You want to put as much information as possible into. And with the kind of tried to shrink. While still putting as much information as possible. It kind of overdid themselves a little bit but basically.

You have the compass. You have your mirror your line to give you your direction and your sighting hole here the mirror because of the size. You have it in the position. Where you're doing the sighting it's kind of hard to see the top of the compass completely. This right here is your heading so. You can adjust for it's also your input clinometers to them. I can't say it measures your angle. And I'll demonstrate. That here in a minute but. This is also the reason. I purchased it has quite a. Few flaws it's also a map compass so. I can use it for siding or a map compass let. Me go ahead and flip. It up so you can see. What I mean here you have your map compass. All right a level so. You can make sure you have.

It set down that the compass is perfectly level. You have all your degrees. And measurements on the sides here. It is a 360 degree bevel which is beneficial a lot of the cheaper ones. You don't get the full directionals. Me go ahead and show. What I mean by you measure the hill grade. I found the most accurate is right here. I don't know you can see. You have a um a ring there. That has your degrees. All right you can take. You can put it straight down okay. And there's a little arrow. That turns as I'm doing this. Me see here so something that's not working right see. What I mean anyway there. All right I got working right. You turn you can see the little red arrow right there. That tells you the degrees of the slope. That you're going to be going on. All right that little red arrow. I don't like the fact. That in order to get a in my opinion a better estimate of the slopes angle.

It also has this little edge right there but. I personally find that to be not quite as accurate as. I would like you have to use the lid itself in order to measure. That angle so I like using the. One that's actually in the compass but in order to do. You have to get rid of your bearing and well yes. You should remember. You should write everything else like. You ever forgot to do. That you're gonna completely throw yourself off. That's an issue. That would be an easy thing for them to fix. I think should be fixed. If you're going to include. Something like that in the compass itself. You should definitely include. It properly I don't think. It was done quite right here. I think the compass itself overall is okay but.

You can definitely see. Some quality issues with the text on the actual compass itself it's kind of blurry and pixelated that was just being cheap on their part overall. I was to rate this compass I'd probably give it a three maybe. And the only reason. I give it a three is. Because it's accurate. If the compass itself was not accurate then. I definitely wouldn't. Even give it you saw with just a minute ago. I still had issues with. Now on camera and I'm not gonna edit. That out anything I want. You to see the actual problems. You have with this compass. And it'll get you need to go but. You can afford I would definitely buy a better quality. I myself I'm kind of on a budget so.

I buy the best quality stuff. I can get this was the best compass. I could buy for the money but as far as kind of disappointments go. It could be a lot better. It is but you have. Any comments on this compass. You happen to own this compass. You have any kind of suggestions. If I'm doing something wrong. You have things you think. I need to do another review on. And kind of include. More issues please let. Me know just go ahead. And leave a comment below. And again thank you so much. You like this video please hit the like button. And subscribe thank. You so much and please have a great day bye-bye.

Something that doesn't take up hardly. Any space and still gives. All the abilities neither compass did so. I don't have to worry about. Anything all right so. That is pretty handy itself the instructions are always good to have. This compass has the in kilometer needle on. This way you can actually see the angles. It has of course rotating bezel. It has a tool list declination change. And basically squeeze. It in the middle with your finger under the bottom. And the inside will rotate so. You can set it to the declination of your area as well. It has a globally balanced needle in. And a lot of the compasses out there actually charging quite a bit.

More for I don't know. What the difference is between save my other compass. That did not have a global needle in. And the ones that do but the ones. That do typically run a little bit. More money not going to travel around the world with. Whatever it's good to have I'm not a huge fan of the way the sighting apparatus goes in. You clip the front and then the back kind of snaps down but. You know it works it's a little tricky getting it out the back pops out just fine but the front is kind of stubborn but it's a decent compass the other thing. I liked about it was only about 32 bucks. This compass I bought. It was actually about 42 buts. It was quite a long time ago. I think I'm gonna put the lanyard on. And it's going to find its permanent home in my pack. This model of compass is the Brenton true arc 7 it's also made in the USA it's.

Another good reason to buy it. Thanks for watching.

Brunton® TruArc™ 10 Compass

  • Delivers vital navigation data in an instant;
  • TruArc Global Needle system allows worldwide use;
  • Ever-North magnet ensures accurate readings;
  • High-visibility cling for easy readability in low light;
  • Magnified readout.

Brunton's TruArc 10 Compass is ideal for use when vital navigation data is needed at a glance, thanks to global balance, which lets you get the information you need without ever stopping your forward progress. The high-visibility cling makes it a cinch to decipher the 1° graduations in low-light and nighttime conditions, while the TruArc™ Global Needle system ensures reliable use worldwide, and an Ever-North™ magnet delivers super-precise measurements. Quick-reference cardinal points, GPS confidence circles, reversible slide scale and roamer scales, all within a magnified readout, ensure you stay in the know. Durable, double-gauge base plate.
5.2"L x 2.8"W x 0.5"H.
Wt: 1.7 oz.

Brunton Truarc Mirror Compass

  • Versatile navigation tool that works anywhere around the globe;
  • Inclinometer for measuring apparent tree heights;
  • Midhinged sighting mirror sights objects faster and more accurately;
  • TruArc Global Needle system offers declination compensation to +/- 180°;
  • Ever-North magnet resists magnetic interference, won't lose polarity;

Great for backcountry adventures anywhere around the world, the Brunton TruArc 7 Mirrored Compass helps you always know where you are heading. This sophisticated compass comes packed with helpful features for advanced navigation and orienteering, featuring a design that is compatible all over the world. The TruArc 7's inclinometer helps you measure apparent tree heights and gauge avalanche danger in the field, while doubling as a sighting tool for even more accurate headings. Its midhinged sighting mirror allows you to sight objects faster and more accurately for much more accurate headings. The TruArc Global Needle system offers tool-free declination compensation, allowing for east or west declination settings to +/- 180° to ensure worldwide compatibility. Metric and standard scales on the TruArc 7's baseplate make map navigation quicker and more efficient. This high-performance compass also features an Ever-North magnet, so you can count on your needle to resist magnetic interference and not lose its polarity. 2° resolution increments.
3.9"L x 2.9"W x 0.8"D.
Wt: 2.2 oz.

Hello! This is Bryan with Zukor survival. Another review for you today. One is of my compass, first of. Let me start by saying any person looking at bugging out no matter who. You happen to be you live in a big city or in the middle of nowhere. You should have a compass as part of your kit. You should have a map of where you're going and. You should have some basic orienteering skills. You should know how to use a compass. Whether it's on the mat or using a sighting compass.

I recommend getting a compass that does both sighting and map use which is what I have here one is the Brenton true arc 20 Brenton is a pretty good quality compass manufacturer. Although they kind of missed the mark with. Imean it's a good accurate compass which is the only reason I'm still using it but it is for the expensive.

It doesn't quite stand up to my expectations. So let me kind of go through it a little bit and explain what I mean. It has a rubber boot here which you can take off like all right. It also has a lanyard hole attached to the boot which I don't particularly like. I could live without the boot but if the compass falls out while I'm hiking then I'm stuck with a piece of rubber I can use. I actually put the instruction manual in there but inside of here, you get your little charts. You can see here I'm not actually going to go through. These in detail you know. You know how to use compasses you'll know. What these are if not there are plenty of reviews. And things on YouTube explaining how to go ahead that but I'm just going to go ahead and do a review on the compass for now.

This is the actual compass itself. It has a hard plastic top to it could have been metal for fifty dollars. I kind of would have expected it to be metal but it's not, it's kind of grey hard plastic. It is a siding compass with the mirror so there's a benefit there. I think the mirror is a little bit too small the mirror could have probably been a little bit bigger. The overall size of the compass is fairly small, Actually, it comes to a compass a navigational tool like I don't think you want to shrink things. You want to put as much information as possible into. And with the kind of tried to shrink while still putting as much information as possible. It kind of overdid themselves a little bit but basically.

You have the compass. You have your mirror your line to give you your direction and your sighting hole here the mirror because of the size you have it in the position where you're doing the sighting. It's kind of hard to see the top of the compass completely. This right here is your heading. So you can adjust for it's also your input clinometers to them. I can't say it measures your angle. And I'll demonstrate that here in a minute but. This is also the reason. I purchased it has quite a few flaws. It's also a map compass so I can use it for siding or a map compass.

Let me go ahead and flip it up so you can see what I mean. Here you have your map compass. All right a level so you can make sure you have it set down that the compass is perfectly level. You have all your degrees and measurements on the sides here. It is a 360-degree level which is beneficial. A lot of the cheaper ones. You don't get the full directionals. Go ahead and show what I mean by you measure the hill grade. I found the most accurate is right here. I don't know you can see. You have a ring there that has your degrees. All right, you can take. You can put it straight down and there's a little arrow that turns as I'm doing this. See here so something that's not working right. See what I mean anyway there. All right, I got working right. You turn, you can see the little red arrow right there that tells you the degrees of the slope that you're going to be going on. All right that little red arrow. I don't like the fact that in order to get a, in my opinion, a better estimate of the slopes angle.

It also has this little edge right there but I personally find that to be not quite as accurate as I would like. You have to use the lid itself in order to measure that angle so I like using the one that's actually in the compass but in order to do. You have to get rid of your bearing and well yes. You should remember, you should write everything else like you ever forgot to do. That you're gonna completely throw yourself off. That's an issue that would be an easy thing for them to fix. I think should be fixed. If you're going to include something like that in the compass itself. You should definitely include it properly. I don't think it was done quite right here.

I think the compass itself overall is okay but you can definitely see some quality issues with the text on the actual compass itself. It's kind of blurry and pixelated that was just being cheap on their part overall. I was to rate this compass, I'd probably give it a three maybe and the only reason I give it a three is because it's accurate. If the compass itself was not accurate then I definitely wouldn't even give it. You saw with just a minute ago. I still had issues with. Now on camera and I'm not gonna edit. That out anything. I want you to see the actual problems you have with this compass. And it'll get you need to go but you can afford. I would definitely buy a better quality. I myself I'm kind of on a budget so I buy the best quality stuff.

I can get this was the best compass I could buy for the money but as far as kind of disappointments go It could be a lot better it is. You have any comments on this compass. You happen to own this compass. You have any kind of suggestions. If I'm doing something wrong you have things you think. I need to do another review on and kind of include more issues. Please, let me know.

Something that doesn't take up hardly. Any space and still gives. All the abilities neither compass did so. Idon't have to worry about. Anything all right so. That is pretty handy itself the instructions are always good to have. This compass has the in kilometer needle on. This way you can actually see the angles. It has of course rotating bezel. It has a tool list declination change. And basically squeeze. It in the middle with your finger under the bottom. And the inside will rotate so. You can set it to the declination of your area as well. It has a globally balanced needle in. And a lot of the compasses out there actually charging quite a bit.

More for I don't know. What the difference is between save my other compass. That did not have a global needle in. And the ones that do but the ones. That do typically run a little bit. More money not going to travel around the world with. Whatever it's good to have I'm not a huge fan of the way the sighting apparatus goes in. You clip the front and then the back kind of snaps down but. You know it works it's a little tricky getting it out the back pops out just fine but the front is kind of stubborn but it's a decent compass the other thing. Iliked about it was only about 32 bucks. This compass I bought. It was actually about 42 buts. It was quite a long time ago. Ithink I'm gonna put the lanyard on. And it's going to find its permanent home in my pack. This model of compass is the Brenton true arc 7 it's also made in the USA it's.

Another good reason to buy. It thanks for watching.

Brunton® Geo Pocket Transit Compass

  • NdFeB rare-earth magnet on sapphire jewel suspension;
  • Rugged waterproof body is made of hard-anodized aluminum billet;
  • Hinge inclinometer syncs dip and dip-direction measurements;
  • Induction-dampened needle and adjustable needle-locking;
  • Adjustable magnetic declination and two long-level bubbles.

The experts at Bunton used the suggestions and advice from the professionals in the field to make the Geo Pocket Transit Compass the ultimate compass. For fast magnetic-north readings, this compass boasts a demagnetization-resistant NdFeB rare-earth magnet on sapphire jewel suspension. For quick stabilization, it even has an induction-dampened needle and an adjustable needle-locking mechanism. The hinge inclinometer (accurate to ±2°) allows for simultaneous dip and dip direction measurements, which reduces the number of measurements you need to take. Built for punishing use, the Geo Pocket Transit's body is 100% waterproof and it's made of 6061-T6 hard-anodized aluminum billet for permanent color and scratch resistance. Exterior adjustable magnetic declination and two long-level bubbles add precision. Precision-aligned mirror with see-through sighting. Centered ball-and-socket tripod mount. Azimuth accuracy is ±1/2 with 1° graduations. Vertical angle accuracy is ±1/2 with 1° graduations and 10-minute vernier. Vertical angle measurements to ±90° or 100% grade. Percent grade scale with 5% increments. Leather case included. Made in USA.
3.8"L x 2.8"W x 1.3"H.
Wt: 12.8 oz.
Available:

  • Quad – Quadrant Graduated Circle.
  • 360° – Azimuth Graduated Circle.

Brunton® ADC Pro Atmospheric Data Center

Weather conditions can change in an instant. Stay informed on your treks deep into the backcountry or high into the mountains with Brunton's ADC Atmospheric Data Centers. Measures, counts, tracks, interprets, forecasts and logs virtually every aspect of your trip. Each unit measures current temperature, current wind speed, maximum wind speed, average wind speed, wind chill, minimum wind chill and current water speed. Plus, it features a wind-speed alarm and a wind-chill alarm. Convenient 12/24-hour clock, time/date function, chronograph and race/countdown timer keep you on track.
4.3”L x 2”W x 0.8”H.
Wt: 2.4 oz.
Available:

  • Wind – In addition to the basic features mentioned above, this unit is also waterproof, so you can travel into wet conditions with confidence.
  • Summit – Weatherproof. Also features current barometric pressure, past 24-hour pressure graph, weather prediction for next 12 hours, storm alarm, current altitude, maximum altitude, altitude alarm, ski run counter, IR data communication and manual and automatic data logging.
  • Pro – Weatherproof. Includes all of the features that Summit has as well as current relative humidity, air density, relative air density, heat index, dew point, wet bulb and density altitude.

Brunton® DWB 1894 Gentleman's Pocket Compass

  • Modeled after an original D.W. Brunton design;
  • Swivel-style lid with mirror;
  • Classic cardinal-direction points;
  • Milled-aluminum body is engravable.

Own a piece of outdoorsman history. With a swivel-style lid, classic cardinal-direction points and a lift arm that stops needle movement, Brunton's DWB 1894 Gentleman's Pocket Compass harkens back to an age of exploration. It's modeled after an original D.W. Brunton design, which features classic turn-of-the century details. Milled-aluminum body is engravable, so you can make this compass truly your own. Lid also features a mirror. Lift-arm needle protector. Made in USA.
2.4”H x 2”W x 0.6”D.
Wt: 2.2 oz.

Brunton® TruArc™ Compasses

  • Classic scouting-compass design;
  • Global Needle system for worldwide use;
  • Metric and standard scales.

The classic scouting compass gets a modern makeover with Brunton's TruArc Compasses. Equipped with TruArc's Global Needle system for unmatched accuracy worldwide. Metric and standard scales, tool-less declination compensation and 2° resolution.
Available:

  • 3-Base – 3.5"L x 2.5"W x 0.5"H. Wt: 1.1 oz.
  • 5-Base – 4.2"L x 2.9"W x 0.6"H. Wt: 1.8 oz.
  • 7-Mirror – 3.9"L x 2.9"W x 0.8"H. Wt: 2.2 oz.
  • 20-Mirror – 4.1"L x 2.5"W x 1"H. Wt: 3.6 oz.

How to use a compass just simply know. That the red needle is going to point north. It is affected by mental objects so. We want to keep it away from metal objects could be your car could be a fire tower especially get at your bearing so the very least. You just need know where North is the red nail is going to point to north. We are going to take a bearing we're going to point the direction of travel arrow in front of. Us we're going to hold a comes like a tank turret. And we're going to turn the as math ring until. We get cold red in the shed. This with a magnetic needle inside of the orientating arrow. And then read the bearing on the azimuth ring where. It intersects the direction of travel arrow but that's a quick. And dirty class we offer a full day class on. That but you just need to know. What where north is the magnetic Nia will point to north.

It doesn't quite stand up to my expectations so let. Me kind of go through. It a little bit and explain. What I mean it has a rubber boot here which. You can take off like. All right it also has a lanyard hole attached to the boot which. Idon't particularly like. Icould live without the boot but. If the compass falls out. While I'm hiking then I'm stuck with a piece of rubber. Ican use I actually put the instruction manual in there but inside of here. You get your little charts. You can see here I'm not actually going to go through. These in detail you know. You know how to use compasses you'll know. What these are if not there are plenty of reviews. And things on YouTube explaining how to go ahead.

That but I'm just going to go ahead. And do a review on the compass for now. This is the actual compass itself okay. It has a hard plastic top to. It could have been metal for fifty dollars. Ikind of would have expected. It to be metal but it's not it's kind of grey hard plastic. It is a siding compass with the mirror so there's a benefit there. Ithink the mirror is a little bit too small the mirror could have probably been a little bit bigger the overall size of the compass is fairly small actually. It comes to a compass a navigational tool like. Idon't think you want to shrink things. You want to put as much information as possible into. And with the kind of tried to shrink. While still putting as much information as possible. It kind of overdid themselves a little bit but basically.

You have the compass. You have your mirror your line to give. You your direction and your sighting hole here the mirror because of the size. You have it in the position. Where you're doing the sighting it's kind of hard to see the top of the compass completely. This right here is your heading so. You can adjust for it's also your input clinometers to them. Ican't say it measures your angle. And I'll demonstrate. That here in a minute but. This is also the reason. Ipurchased it has quite a. Few flaws it's also a map compass so. Ican use it for siding or a map compass let. Me go ahead and flip. It up so you can see. What I mean here you have your map compass. All right a level so. You can make sure you have.

It set down that the compass is perfectly level. You have all your degrees. And measurements on the sides here. It is a 360 degree bevel which is beneficial a lot of the cheaper ones. You don't get the full directionals. Me go ahead and show. What I mean by you measure the hill grade. Ifound the most accurate is right here. Idon't know you can see. You have a um a ring there. That has your degrees. All right you can take. You can put it straight down okay. And there's a little arrow. That turns as I'm doing this. Me see here so something that's not working right see. What I mean anyway there. All right I got working right. You turn you can see the little red arrow right there. That tells you the degrees of the slope. That you're going to be going on. All right that little red arrow. Idon't like the fact. That in order to get a in my opinion a better estimate of the slopes angle.

It also has this little edge right there but. Ipersonally find that to be not quite as accurate as. Iwould like you have to use the lid itself in order to measure. That angle so I like using the. One that's actually in the compass but in order to do. You have to get rid of your bearing and well yes. You should remember. You should write everything else like. You ever forgot to do. That you're gonna completely throw yourself off. That's an issue. That would be an easy thing for them to fix. Ithink should be fixed. If you're going to include. Something like that in the compass itself. You should definitely include. It properly I don't think. It was done quite right here. Ithink the compass itself overall is okay but.

You can definitely see. Some quality issues with the text on the actual compass itself it's kind of blurry. And pix elated that was just being cheap on their part overall. Iwas to rate this compass I'd probably give it a three maybe. And the only reason. Igive it a three is. Because it's accurate. If the compass itself was not accurate then. Idefinitely wouldn't. Even give it you saw with just a minute ago. Istill had issues with. Now on camera and I'm not gonna edit. That out anything I want. You to see the actual problems. You have with this compass. And it'll get you need to go but. You can afford I would definitely buy a better quality. Imyself I'm kind of on a budget so.

Ibuy the best quality stuff. Ican get this was the best compass. Icould buy for the money but as far as kind of disappointments go. It could be a lot better. It is but you have. Any comments on this compass. You happen to own this compass. You have any kind of suggestions. If I'm doing something wrong. You have things you think. Ineed to do another review on. And kind of include. More issues please let. Me know just go ahead. And leave a comment below. And again thank you so much. You like this video please hit the like button. And subscribe thank. You so much and please have a great day bye-bye.

Something that doesn't take up hardly. Any space and still gives. All the abilities neither compass did so. Idon't have to worry about. Anything all right so. That is pretty handy itself the instructions are always good to have. This compass has the in kilometer needle on. This way you can actually see the angles. It has of course rotating bezel. It has a tool list declination change. And basically squeeze. It in the middle with your finger under the bottom. And the inside will rotate so. You can set it to the declination of your area as well. It has a globally balanced needle in. And a lot of the compasses out there actually charging quite a bit.

More for I don't know. What the difference is between save my other compass. That did not have a global needle in. And the ones that do but the ones. That do typically run a little bit. More money not going to travel around the world with. Whatever it's good to have I'm not a huge fan of the way the sighting apparatus goes in. You clip the front and then the back kind of snaps down but. You know it works it's a little tricky getting it out the back pops out just fine but the front is kind of stubborn but it's a decent compass the other thing. Iliked about it was only about 32 bucks. This compass I bought. It was actually about 42 buts. It was quite a long time ago. Ithink I'm gonna put the lanyard on. And it's going to find its permanent home in my pack. This model of compass is the Brenton true arc 7 it's also made in the USA it's.

Another good reason to buy. It thanks for watching.

Brunton® Non-Magnetic Tripod

  • Nonmagnetic materials for zero interference;
  • Adjustable from 19” to 48”;
  • Pointed feet for nonslip use;
  • Use with Brunton Transit Ball and Socket Mount.

Professional instruments reach ultimate accuracy with Brunton's Nonmagnetic Tripod. Nonmagnetic materials ensure zero interference and stability of the easy-to-use tripod. Height adjustable from 19” to 48”. Tough aluminum and brass construction with a standard 1/4"-20 thread mount. Two-section adjustable legs have pointed feet for nonslip use. Use with Brunton Transit Ball and Socket Mount (sold separately).
Wt: 24 oz.

Brunton® Compass Instructor Kit

  • Teach a critical outdoor skill to students;
  • Great for young or new outdoor enthusiasts;
  • Includes everything you need to get started.

Teach a critical outdoorsman skill to the next generation with Brunton's Compass Instructor Kit. It features everything you need to teach a class of young or new outdoor enthusiasts. Includes map-and-compass curriculum CD, “ABCs of Compass and Map” DVD, 12 or 24 9020G Brunton compasses with instruction manuals, instructor study guide, reproducible student workbook, educational wall poster, 6” x 9” overhead instructor compass and soft case with custom foam insert.
Available: 12-Piece Kit, 24-Piece Kit.

The true arc-15 can really be thought of as Big Brother to the truck seven functionally. They're really similar. In both have clinometers and a sighting mirror but with the inclusion of the ever north rare earth magnet.

The true arc-15 is built to eliminate interference from outside influences like metal or magnetic and can be read close to the body while moving or not on perfectly balanced terrain. The 15 is a great option when you're in confined spaces or around other people and other gear such as radios or transceivers. The true arc-15 also has a global balancing needle so when you're on a pitch or moving slowly you can still get accurate readings and the leveling bubble ensures accurate readings over longer distances the in klonoa has a fully mirrored backing that protects the dial and the base plate is sturdy with a mat magnifier even the marks on the dial are magnified. So it's easy to read where snow safety Pro. I can't think of a better choice in the true arc 15.

Brunton® Ball and Socket Transit Mount

Brunton® Ball and Socket Transit Mount
  • Extreme accuracy;
  • Nonmagnetic mount;
  • Exclusive to Brunton Transit compasses.

Get extremely accurate azimuth and inclination readings with Brunton's Ball and Socket Transit Mount. Attach the nonmagnetic Ball and Socket Mount to any Pocket Transit and tripod or monopod to get the most from your compass. Tough aluminum frame and brass construction. Standard 1/4"-20 thread mount. For use exclusively with Brunton Transit compasses.

Conclusion

If you don't know how to use a compass you can learn it by the online guide or with the help of an instructor in any outdoor organization.

Use your compass away from your car, or metallic objects because ferrous metals can distort the indications. Also, the electrical field can decrease the accuracy of the tool. Those rules also go for storage of the compass. Keep it away from the magnet or electric fields.