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  • Baseplate features magnifying lens, straight edge and inch markings for accurate map reading
  • Declination scale is adjustable to account for the difference between magnetic and true North; adjustment key is included on lanyard
  • Easy-grip bezel reads in 2-degree increments and features luminous outer ring for low-light reading


There has never been a compass that could function flawlessly in all zones of the world--until now! Compass accuracy outside of limited latitudes can be flawed as changes in the magnetic field affect the position of the needle. Suunto's Global compass needle solves this problem with a patented structural innovation. The needle and magnet are built as separate units functioning independently from each other, so that the inclination of the magnetic field cannot tilt the needle.

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Best Use Backpacking
Analog Or Digital Analog
Increments 2 degrees
Scale 1:24,000 Yes
Declination Adjustment Yes
Sighting Mirror Yes
Global Needle Yes
Liquid-Filled Yes
Floats No
Luminous Points/Bezel Points/bezel
Clinometer Yes
Ruler Yes
Magnifying Lens Yes
Lanyard Yes
Dimensions 3.9 x 2.5 inches
Declination Scale Yes
Weight 2.6 ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MC-2G The Best When you're navigating in the backcountry you usually want to keep moving. This compass's unique needle design allows for more accurate on the go travel via a compass bearing. With practice it is just as fast as a GPS. Also, the needle housing is not liquid filled so air bubbles can't be a factor in the needle movement. One feature this compass has that is not unique, but is a feature every mirrored sighting compass should have is a black line running down the middle of the mirror. This is important for when the line goes through the center of the needle's reflection in the mirror you can be assured your bearing is straight and true.
Date published: 2012-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good compass Great compass... I highly recommend it. Far better than the others in same price class. It is definitely worth paying the extra couple of bucks. I use this compass everyday for work and have been very happy with it. Tried a couple of others and ended up returning them because they just didn't cut it. The only issue I have with it so far is that after a month of frequent use the numbers on the dial and edges have started to rub off. A quick and easy solution to this problem is to put a layer of clear nail polish on when you first get it. Most people probably won't have this problem, but then again I use it for work and it gets a lot more wear and tear than the average user would put on it. Still the best compass for the price.
Date published: 2009-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great compass As a geologist and outdoorsperson, I've used many compasses over the years, Brunton, Nexus, Silva and Suunto. The MC 2G is the only baseplate compass I've used that has the same sighting hole at the base of the mirror that geologist's pocket transits have. This is a brilliant feature. It makes it far easier to obtain an azimuth. I don't use a compass at night but I do find the black on white of the luminous bezel easier to read than the usual white on black. Easily the best baseplate compass available.
Date published: 2007-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would not leave home without it.... Ok, Let's get down to it... most outdoor enthusiast usually will buy a GPS not a Compass. Which is one reason people get lost and we are called to find them. So I urge people that are doing any type of outdoor adventure to buy a compass along with their GPS. GPS's can fail they are electronics devices that require electrical power. Know to get down to the review. This is a very accurate compass, it has an adjustable declination, and incline indicator, easy to read back azimuth, glow in the dark bezel and some rulers as well. The small size is very affective for storage anywhere on one's person. Remember to print out a map on were your going and keep it on you just in case.
Date published: 2009-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes hiking more fun I was in an REI class with an old Boy Scout compass, which I could not use for the class because it did not have the declination scales. I used one of their's and it was a fun time using it, however it did not have the mirror that one of the students had, (his own). I bought this Suunto MC-2G and it is a lot better to be able to see the target and the compass at the same time. I am very happy with this compass. It is fun to use and I am looking forward to many hikes with it, and the confidence it gives me.
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect for travel If you travel internationally and want only one compass, this is it. Made in finland. Backed by lifetime warranty. Global needle technology. The MC-2 Global compass allows for someone to have a compass that works anywhere in the world. It is also constructed well and has luminous markings in more places than other compasses allowing for easy use in low light situations. A compass is a very important piece of equipment. If you are going to be traveling in the wilderness get this high quality compass.
Date published: 2011-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Global needle is a plus Works as advertised. Much better than the MC-2 compass which had sticky needle problems (maybe a batch of southern hemisphere balanced compasses got shipped to the US?) One advantage to the global needle is that it doesn't have the sticking problem even if the capsule isn't held perfectly level, as on a regular needle. One complaint is that there isn't enough contrast between the light orange north end of the needle to the white south end, they are nearly indistiguishable under red light.
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from precise, reliable I have owned this compass for over four years and have used it extensively in all seasons and conditions. I have been a WEMT for over ten years and work on a remote ambulance responsible for portions of three wilderness areas in the Oregon Cascades. I have had issues with inexpensive compasses, never with this one. I have had to trust it completely: at night, in dense fog, and in thick uniform timber. I have noticed no parallax distortion. REI correctly states that the compass is liquid-filled and bubbles will appear at altitude but do not affect performance. Even if you stay in one hemisphere, the pinpoint accuracy is worth it. It can even compensate for the less-skilled user. A good compass is a sensitive, precision instrument not designed to be banged around. This compass will become a family heirloom if you care for it properly. There are a lot of cheap compasses out there and several very good ones. This is the best I have seen. I do not advise economizing on a compass. When in doubt, it will tell you which direction to walk in out of 360 options. If you get seriously injured, manage to contact 9-1-1 dispatch and are in my service area, you will be relying on this compass anyway.
Date published: 2015-01-10
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Does traveling on an airplane damage this compass if it is not kept in the pressurized passenger cabin?

Asked by: Live2hikemore
The MC-2G Navigator Compass should be fine if kept in checked baggage on an airplane. At high elevations or in cold temperatures, the liquid may contract and create a bubble. A bubble will not impact accuracy. Bubbles disappear when a compass is returned to normal conditions.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-17
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