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  • High-grade steel needle with jewel bearing
  • Balanced for northern hemisphere
  • Adjustable declination correction
  • Liquid-filled capsule for stable operation
  • Luminescent markings for working in low light
  • Metric and Imperial scales
  • Baseplate with magnifying lens
  • Detachable snap-lock lanyard with wristlock
  • Made in Finland


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Best Use Backpacking
Analog Or Digital Analog
Increments 2 degrees
Scale 1:24,000 Yes
Declination Adjustment Yes
Declination Scale Yes
Liquid-Filled Yes
Luminous Points/Bezel Yes
Ruler Yes
Magnifying Lens Yes
Lanyard Yes
Dimensions 4.72 x 2.4 x 0.55 inches
Weight 1.62 ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finding my way back to the trail Even though I created an end-to-end GPX file of the Batona Trail, I thought that being able to use a compass properly would be a good back up. I took the one evening navigation class at REI in Marlton NJ with Postcard. I did practice the skills on local trails I knew before my Batona hike. I'm glad I did. On the fourth day of the hike, I got caught in an hours-long heavy downpour and lost the trail. Even though my phone was in a waterproof case, I didn't want to risk it. But I'd made a map of the trail and it was also in a waterproof case. So I used the skills that Postcard taught me and was able to find my way back to trail using my map and this compass. Honestly, my life was never in danger but my alternative would have been to just sit in the rain and wait. Being able to navigate with a compass and map saved me hours.
Date published: 2016-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, better than Silva counterparts I bought this to replace a very old Silva I had which lacked declination correction. I had an opportunity shortly after I purchased it to compare it to several Silva compasses in a class. While the fit and finish of the Suuntos and Silvas were very similar, I found that the Suunto's declination adjustment was both easier to manage and easier to read. The Suunto's declination screw is better situated to allow the user to easily see and read the adjustment reticle, by comparison the Silva's set screw forces the user to place their hand over the declination reticle which makes it very difficult to read during adjustment. Furthermore the Suunto's declination reticle is far cleaner and precise which makes it easier to set declination precisely. The Silva's reticle was quite sloppy, the box and interior line were very thick with paint bleeding out of the crevices of the box and line. I found this made setting a very precise adjustment to be guesswork at best. This is my first Suunto, I've only had an opportunity to use it in a class and on one hike.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid compass. I bought this in time to use it for the REI orientating/navigating course in Central Park. Although REI supplied loaner compasses for the course, I enjoyed learning on my own personal compass and comparing my readings with the class. It gave me confidence that my compass was functioning well. This compass is a step up from the loaner compasses and I am very pleased with it. The flat shape of this compass makes it easier to pack and more durable than the folding compasses; no one in the class used a folding variety.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid compass I've only had this compass for a month but so far it has all of the features I need for a stow and go compass. I see no immediate weakness with this tool. For the price I think it's a solid purchase.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Compass I bought this compass to could use in the USA, with 24,000 scale. It has everything I need: declination screw, grid lines, luminescent dial. I had one before with the needle that can measure slope, but really, never needed or used it. Why pay for something you don't need or use? I also like that it's flat and doesn't make a lump in my pocket.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from all who wander are not lost..... I love Suunto compasses, I am certified to teach orienteering through the NC wildlife commission and this is the compass I would recommend to anyone looking for a baseplate compass. I personally use Suunto compasses myself and have one with me every time I'm in the woods.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good starter compass It's light and the print script is easy to read in sunlight. The compass and rotating bezel DO move around a bit - it's not a solid feel - but I like the declination key and geared adjustment a lot. Overall, it's good. I use mine weekly and would probably upgrade to one with 1:24,000 USGS roamer scales. Otherwise, this should last a lifetime.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid compass I bought the Suunto compass for my upcoming fire season and am excited to use it. I originally purchased the Brunton TruArc 7 compass, but ended up having to return it as it is near impossible to set the declination. The Suunto M-3 is solid though.
Date published: 2017-02-22
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The package contains a lanyard string with two loose ends and separate clip that snaps to compass. But it is not obvious (at least to me) how the parts connect. The clip has small hook, but I can't make it securely hold the string. No directions...

Asked by: Bradley Joseph
The lanyard can be looped through the hole at the bottom of the compass and tied.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-17

Is the compass waterproof?

Asked by: Dallas
This compass is waterproof.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-17

Is this model only for Northern Hemisphere or global?

Asked by: Spokes
​This compass is balanced for the Northern Hemisphere only. It is not a global compass.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-17
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