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  • Magnetic declination adjustment allows for east or west declination settings to +/- 180°; rare earth magnet resists magnetic interference and will not lose polarity
  • Precision-aligned mirrors for see-through sighting; short / long sights for increased accuracy
  • Adventure-ready, silicone-sealed body offers the reliability and waterproofing required by today's most demanding outdoor adventurers
  • Enjoy lifetime precision declination adjustment from Brunton's master technicians, ensuring accurate navigation in either hemisphere—and adjusted back upon your return
  • The Brunton World's Best Compass comes with a carrying case

Made in USA.

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Specs

Best Use Backpacking
Analog Or Digital Analog
Increments 2 degrees
Declination Adjustment Yes
Sighting Mirror Yes
Dimensions 3.1 x 2.8 x 1.3 inches
Weight 6.8 ounces
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Way, way overpriced. I'm a geologist, and Brunton makes the world's best pocket transits (used to measure direction but also strike and dip of geologic features). In fact, they are known so well for this that most geologists simply call a pocket transit, a "Brunton". I saw this and thought that it would be a relatively inexpensive version of the same thing. When I received it, I discovered it had no dip-meter, which is a necessity. Now, it's a fine compass, but you can get equally fine compasses from a lot of different companies with the same features as this one or even more, just not in this pseudo pocket transit format. And for prices 1/3 as much or less. So back it went.
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Navigation to a precise degree Having taught Land Navigation in the military, and traveled around the world, I have searched for the best compass and finally found it. Brunton is by far the best, and I have pretty much used them all. Yes, you can purchase a gps and it will suit your navigation needs just fine, but the old fashioned, yet still a primary tool for the geologist, is the Brunton. Some of the old methods prove to still be the best ways.
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Durable, quality, accurate This is a good compass. Almost too good. It is so good that when I opened the box, I thought it was broken. I later realized the needle was so sensitive it would pick up magnetic interference around me. It moves erratically in some places in my home. It doesn't move at all when I am in my car. In my plane, it actually works, but favors west by about 20 degrees. I have been carrying it to and from work to keep checking and if you are not around any structures or vehicles, rest assured it will work very well. The needle is extremely fast and accurate in open environments. Haven't been to the city yet so I can't attest to its performance in an urban environment. It is expensive to be sure, and you can find many quality compasses for cheaper. But you do get what you pay for. I bought specifically because I appreciate the simplicity and workmanship of the Brunton brand and style. It doesn't have the features of the Pocket Transit, but since I am not a geologist and plan on only using it for navigation, I am ok with that. It is not cased in aluminum, but the plastic composite is very robust and lightweight. And best of all, it is made in America. It has one job, which it does extremely well and looks pretty good to boot. The only feature I wish it had would be some sort of luminescence. I carry a flashlight but it can be an inconvenience at night.
Date published: 2017-02-01
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is this compass a 360 degree quadrant system?

Asked by: srmunts
This compass provides azimuth bearings (0 - 360 degrees) rather than quadrant bearings (0 - 90 degrees). Those markings can be seen if you zoom in on the image above.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-08

Just took REI Backcountry Navigation course. The compass in class was transparent so you could line up the parallel lines with your map's N/S grid. This compass doesn't appear to be transparent. How you would align this compass with your map?

Asked by: Daxrunner
​This compass does have see-through mirrors for easy navigation.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-05
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Way, way overpriced. I'm a geologist, and Brunton makes the world's best pocket transits (used to measure direction but also strike and dip of geologic features). In fact, they are known so well for this that most geologists simply call a pocket transit, a "Brunton". I saw this and thought that it would be a relatively inexpensive version of the same thing. When I received it, I discovered it had no dip-meter, which is a necessity. Now, it's a fine compass, but you can get equally fine compasses from a lot of different companies with the same features as this one or even more, just not in this pseudo pocket transit format. And for prices 1/3 as much or less. So back it went.
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Navigation to a precise degree Having taught Land Navigation in the military, and traveled around the world, I have searched for the best compass and finally found it. Brunton is by far the best, and I have pretty much used them all. Yes, you can purchase a gps and it will suit your navigation needs just fine, but the old fashioned, yet still a primary tool for the geologist, is the Brunton. Some of the old methods prove to still be the best ways.
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Durable, quality, accurate This is a good compass. Almost too good. It is so good that when I opened the box, I thought it was broken. I later realized the needle was so sensitive it would pick up magnetic interference around me. It moves erratically in some places in my home. It doesn't move at all when I am in my car. In my plane, it actually works, but favors west by about 20 degrees. I have been carrying it to and from work to keep checking and if you are not around any structures or vehicles, rest assured it will work very well. The needle is extremely fast and accurate in open environments. Haven't been to the city yet so I can't attest to its performance in an urban environment. It is expensive to be sure, and you can find many quality compasses for cheaper. But you do get what you pay for. I bought specifically because I appreciate the simplicity and workmanship of the Brunton brand and style. It doesn't have the features of the Pocket Transit, but since I am not a geologist and plan on only using it for navigation, I am ok with that. It is not cased in aluminum, but the plastic composite is very robust and lightweight. And best of all, it is made in America. It has one job, which it does extremely well and looks pretty good to boot. The only feature I wish it had would be some sort of luminescence. I carry a flashlight but it can be an inconvenience at night.
Date published: 2017-02-01
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Questions & Answers

is this compass a 360 degree quadrant system?

Asked by: srmunts
This compass provides azimuth bearings (0 - 360 degrees) rather than quadrant bearings (0 - 90 degrees). Those markings can be seen if you zoom in on the image above.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-08

Just took REI Backcountry Navigation course. The compass in class was transparent so you could line up the parallel lines with your map's N/S grid. This compass doesn't appear to be transparent. How you would align this compass with your map?

Asked by: Daxrunner
​This compass does have see-through mirrors for easy navigation.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-05
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