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I am a geologist and have traversed a good deal of…

TomD, Trailspace.com
5 October 2010
  • Summary: I am a geologist and have traversed a good deal of the northern provinces and Territories of northern Canada. My crew was responsible for mapping large areas of trackless terrain by a series of traverses through the bush. At end of day a float plane of helicopter would rendezvous with us at a designated place to take us back to camp.
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I am also one of those who owned one of the original…

Benjamin Nichols, Trailspace.com
10 December 2008
  • Summary: I am also one of those who owned one of the original Silva Type 15 'Ranger' compasses made in Sweden. I was completely happy with this compass until the day I lost it in a move. Awhile back I bought a new Silva Ranger compass. According to the information I read, since 1997 the U.S. Silva 'Ranger' is no longer made by the original Silva company in Sweden, but is built outside the US by a unnamed manufacturer under the Silva 'Ranger' name by Johnson Outdoors.
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I purchased one of the newer model Silva Ranger compasses…

Trailspace.com
11 December 2007
  • Summary: I purchased one of the newer model Silva Ranger compasses after borrowing a friend's original model and falling in love. The differences are clear, but the newer product is still an acceptable choice (versus the original, which receives my top marks in all fields). Here's what I found: --"Slop" of compass housing and degree dial in the baseplate represents a +/- 1 full degree margin for error in either direction in my sample.
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This is a simple, robust, and reliable piece of equipment.…

Trailspace.com
14 January 2007
  • Summary: This is a simple, robust, and reliable piece of equipment. I have used a Silva Ranger for over 20 years; I still have my original one (a model 15T). It is simple to plot an azimuth with, adjusting declination is a 'breeze', and it is so field friendly. It's shape is conducive to compact storage, it takes up almost no space. Accuracy is easily 1 degree and the inclinometer is very handy for many geological, prospecting, exploration uses, as well as a 'rough' survey tool.
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I used to own one of the older Silva Ranger compasses…

Ranger Rick, Trailspace.com
17 November 2004
  • Summary: I used to own one of the older Silva Ranger compasses (made by Silva of Sweden) and it had been accurate and reliable. After many years of use I lost it, so recently I picked up a newer Silva Ranger compass and was amazed at the difference in manufacture quality. Apparently the brand Silva in the U.S. is now owned by another company, as the compasses are not the same as the original Silva of Sweden models.
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Easy to use, common scales used for topo maps, very…

Denis T, Trailspace.com
16 November 2004
  • Summary: Easy to use, common scales used for topo maps, very accurate, well constructed and best of all very tough. If you need to own one compass in your life, this is the one worldwide appreciated.
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