Summary: I got this for my son to put in his little survival/bug out bag. It is bigger than I thought it would be. Which is a plus. It is slightly smaller then my open hand. Great for basic navigation.
Summary: This is more of an first impressions style review as I've not had it in the field and tested it under sufficient conditions to rate its overall performance. I will update it as I have more experience with it. All in all, it appears near perfect with one tiny caveat. More on that later.
Summary: I am very pleased with my new Suunto hand-held compass. I used the same type of compass when I was in the Boy Scouts over 50 years ago. It is very fast to use and easy to follow a course of direction.
Need a compass? This is a compass. It will work for you.
James Wyatt "justabaldguy", Amazon
19 October 2014
Summary: Everything you want in a compass. Easy to use and no frills. Bought this for my dad to fool around with while learning his new cities (he recently moved from one place to two others, living in apartments a little in each). He carries it while walking around to help acclimate himself to the land.
Simple compass with great features including a fixed declination for finding magnetic (map) ...
16 October 2014
Summary: Simple compass with great features including a fixed declination for finding magnetic (map) north in the northern hemisphere. Just hold the compass in front of your waist and turn side to side. The red end of the compass arrow will point to magnetic north.
Summary: Defective. As a some other reviews indicated, mine came minus the needle stabilizing liquid that these kinds of compasses use. As a result, the needle balanced precariously on its pivot and moved wildly and erratically at the slightest body motion. It was useless for maintaining direction.
Summary: This is a great and simple compass, especially for the price (~$15). I have used this compass on over 100 miles of hiking so far, although not yet in any hard to navigate situations (eg, fog, rain, etc). It's small and light enough to fit in the belt pocket of my pack. The markings are easy to read.