Summary: This is a simple wrist compass that is effective and works. The band keeps it secure to your wrist so it is not bouncing all over the place like in other compass designs you keep in a pocket. When you need to use it, it is right there to look at and give you degree and direction. Keeping it on your wrist keeps it always ready and secure to you. It is simple, effective, and low in cost. If you hike open territory and need a simple magnetic compass, this is it.
Summary: As others have mentioned a GPS should be the primary navigation tool. However, I really like having a compass on the wrist that will provide my general direction. As long as you can get your arm somewhat level it works fine. I also like the idea that it is real handy.
Robert P. Cumbo "Mountian Warrior / Desert Dw..., Amazon
17 April 2009
Summary: This is my opinion only; not an endorsement by the military or any other organization. Recently I returned back from a tour in Iraq and I found this little tool to be instrumental. When talking on the radio and figuring where everyone else is located, you use cardinal directions (eg North side of the road, etc.). Sure you can use a GPS, but why spend the time when you just need to know where North is. Some would suggest a cheap five dollar watch add-on.
Great product for navigating through a strange city
Thomas R. Corwin, Amazon
18 January 2009
Summary: I used this wrist compass successfully on a recent tour of Scandinavia, and it helped me find my way several times. It has the very nice feature of settling down quickly to a specific orientation. It's also a bargain.
Summary: If you need a compass, bigger is best, but just how big can big be? Reason is, the aiming accuracy and capability gets better if you have a large stable platform and sight. OTAH, getting a wrist compass to do the same thing is difficult to achieve, and the M-9 meets this role well.
Summary: I bought this so that I could easily figure out which way is north after I get off the subway. It really comes in handy. The compass isn't really steady all the time, it tends to sway a little, but so far is has reliably pointed me in the right direction each time I hold it level and steady. The only thing is that the strap is like a cheap velcro material with a plastic buckle.
This compass, along with its rebranded twin the 'Silva'…
11 December 2006
Summary: This compass, along with its rebranded twin the 'Silva' Model 424 Wrist sighting compass, is the best example out there in a reasonably priced wrist compass. Sapphire bearing, a luminous dial, a lockable bearing dial, and a sighting window allow for 2.5 degree accuracy and hands-free operation. A great compass for kayakers, small boat enthusiasts, or anyone who needs a hands-free compass for general navigation.