Top Rated Camping & Hiking Compasses

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How-to-use-a-map-and-compassWhether your going for a quick hike for a few hours to a long trek in the outdoors for multiple days. You should bring a long a good compass and know how to use it before you leave on your adventure. A compass is one of the essential  backpacking equipment item to put on your checklist and make sure you are familiar with how to use it as well as any limitations it may have.

 

 

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Here’s a list of the Top Rated Camping & Hiking Compasses you can purchase online.

Cammenga Model 27CS Olive Drab Lensatic Compass

Cammenga Model 27CS Olive Drab Lensatic Compass

  • Compass
  • 27
  • Olive Drab
  • N/A

The phosphorescent lensatic compass has been used as an economical alternative to the tritium model for decades. It is the same compass CAMMENGA has been supplying to the US military except that the self-luminous tritium has been replaced with phosphoresc
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Price: $ 51.38

Cammenga 3H Tritium Compass

Cammenga 3H Tritium Compass

  • THE WORLD’S #1 MILITARY COMPASS
  • BUILT TO THE DEMANDING SPECIFICATIONS OF U.S. FIGHTING FORCES
  • NSN 6605-01-196-6971
  • BATTLE TESTED – SHOCK, WATER, SAND PROOF AND FUNCTIONAL FROM -50ºF TO +150ºF
  • EVEN TRITIUM MICRO LIGHTS ALLOW FOR NAVIGATION IN LOW-LIGHT CONDITIONS

Battle tested through rigorous shock, water, sand proof, and functional from -50o F to +150o F. Seven Tritium Micro Lights allow for navigation in low-light conditions, without the need for a flashlight or any other light source. Tritium Micro Lights remain luminous for over twelve years, maintenance-free. Equipped with a magnifying lens, sight wire, and dial graduations in both degrees and mils to ensure accurate readings. The Copper Induction Damping System slow the rotation of the magnet without the use of liquids. Built to last with an aluminum frame and waterproof housing. The CAMMENGA COMPASS is depended on by fighting forces, government agencies, and adventurous outdoor enthusiasts around the world.
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Price: $ 71.00

Suunto M-3G Global Compass

Suunto M-3G Global Compass

  • Compact, high-quality professional compass designed for accurate and convenient direction taking
  • Global needle works anywhere on the planet; base plate with anti-slip rubber pads
  • Large, liquid-filled capsule, adjustable declination correction scale, and rounded ergonomic edges
  • Serrated bezel ring turns easily in cold weather; easy-to-read luminous markings
  • This item is not for sale in Catalina Island

The M-3G features a global needle that works anywhere on the globe. It is a premium quality ergonomically designed precision compass for accurate and convenient direction taking. The M-Series represent durable, reliable, high quality navigational aids, which perform flawlessly in even the most demanding of conditions. Models feature a large liquid filled capsule and adjustable declination correction scale. Another convenient feature of the models in this series is the serrated bezel ring, which is easy to turn even in cold conditions while wearing gloves. Due to their easy-to-read luminous markings and magnifying lenses, the compasses of the M-Series are also ideally suited to navigating in conditions of poor visibility.Hailing from Suunto’s M-Series, the M-3G is a compact, premium-quality precision compass designed for accurate and convenient direction taking. The user-friendly compass features a large, liquid-filled capsule and an adjustable declination correction scale that guarantees a high level of accuracy.

The M-3G, which also features a jewel bearing and marking holes for drawing control points, measures 2.4 by 4.9 inches and weighs a mere 1.6 ounces. In addition, the compass carries a lifetime warranty.

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Price: $ 59.98

Silva Polaris 2801100 – Compass

Silva Polaris 2801100 - Compass

  • It has 2 graduation lines as well as large numerals at every 20 mark
  • Clear base plate with inch, mm & 1:24,000 scales makes it easy to read a map, set bearings, and plan a trip
  • Declination correction scale allows you to make quick adjustments of map bearings to field headings.
  • A lanyard hole on the base palte makes for easy carrying
  • Weight: 1.0 oz.

Probably the best value in compasses is the Polaris. A clear base plate 2″x4″ with inch,mm,and 1:24,000 scale makes it easy to read a map, set bearings, and plan a trip. Also the declination correction scale allows you to make quick adjustments of map bearings to field bearings.
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Price: $ 12.89

U.S. Issue Mil-Spec Tritium Illuminated Aluminum Military Lensatic Marching Compass

U.S. Issue Mil-Spec Tritium Illuminated Aluminum Military Lensatic Marching Compass

  • “3H” STAMPED ON BACK OF ACTUAL COMPASS
  • THE WORLD’S #1 MILITARY COMPASS
  • BUILT TO THE DEMANDING SPECIFICATIONS OF U.S. FIGHTING FORCES
  • NSN 6605-01-196-6971
  • INCLUDES CARRYING POUCH, LANYARD, AND BELT CLIP

Olive Drab Official US Military Tritium Lensatic Compass (Model 3H) – The World’s #1 Military Compass. Built To The Demanding Specifications Of US Fighting Forces. NSN 6605-01-196-6971. Battle Tested – Shock, Water, Sand Proof and Functional From -50ºF to +150ºF. Seven Tritium Micro Lights Allow For Navigation In Low-Light Conditions. Equipped With A Magnifying Lens, Sight Wire, and Dial Graduations In Both Degrees and Mils To Ensure Accurate Readings. Copper Induction Dampening System Slows The Rotation Of The Magnet Without The Use Of Liquids. Built To Last With An Aluminum Frame and Waterproof Housing. Includes Carrying Pouch, Lanyard, and Belt Clip. “3H” Stamped On Back Of Actual Compass. Made In The USA. Tritium Illuminated For Use In Total Darkness. MIL C10436L.
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Price: $ 72.57

 

Silva Ranger CL – Compass

Silva Ranger CL - Compass

  • Compass with large, precision large sighting mirror and a vee notch
  • Includes 1:24,000, 1:25,000, and 1:50,000 and 1/20-inch and millimeter rules
  • Clinometer lets you measure angles of inclination
  • Silicone feet for map gripping, lanyard with adjustable slider
  • This item is not for sale in Catalina Island

When precision counts and ease of use matters, you can’t afford to pass up the incredible Ranger Model 515 CL and 515 CLQ compasses. 1:24,000, 1:25,000, and 1:50,000 scales make plotting quick and easy no matter which type of topographic map you’re using. Also, there are 1/20-inch and millimeter rules for mapping and silicone feet for map gripping. All scales come in two colors, so they’re easy to read. They also have a large sighting mirror with a vee notch, so you can take readings on distant landmarks. A geared declination allows adjustment for the difference in degrees between magnetic north and true north, giving you a faster read and reducing chance of error. The clinometer lets you measure angles of inclination. Just hold the compass and measure the angle of the incline. The CLQ utilizes quadrant graduations N(0); E(90); S(0); W(90)
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Price: $ 41.95

Suunto MC-2/360/D/L/CM/IN/NH Compass SS004231001

Suunto MC-2/360/D/L/CM/IN/NH Compass SS004231001

  • Advanced engineering combined with thoughtful design ensure fast, stable and simple use. No batteries ever required.
  • Size: One Size Fits All
  • Suunto MC-2 D/L CM/NH Mirror Sighting Compasses

Born and crafted in Finland, Suunto compasses help you safely and accurately navigate the great outdoors. Advanced engineering combined with thoughtful design ensure fast, stable and simple use. No batteries ever required.
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Huntington MG2 Black Military Bearing / Lensatic Compass, Professionally Liquid-Dampened, Full Metal Body with Bearing Prism / Lens System (K4580 BL US)

Huntington MG2 Black Military Bearing / Lensatic Compass, Professionally Liquid-Dampened, Full Metal Body with Bearing Prism / Lens System (K4580 BL US)

  • Military bearing / lensatic compass in full metal body with folding cover
  • Prism lens system enables you to get your directions from the side: 2nd scale on the side of the fluid-damped compass disc
  • Lens system diopter-adjustable
  • Metal body: Works well in all weather conditions
  • Great for backpackers, campers, hikers, hunter, geologists, conquerers and other outdoor activists

Don’t take this one on your next Easter egg hunt. Instead, consider this compass for a voyage through the wilds. Or a trek in the mountains. That’s all you need.
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Suunto A-30L Compass

Suunto A-30L Compass

  • Lightweight, versatile compass made of durable, clear, scratch-resistant acrylic
  • Employs Suunto’s two-zone system for reliable readings in northern hemisphere
  • Fixed declination correction scale, jewel bearing, and marking holes for control points
  • Luminous bezel and markings for navigating in poor visibility; lanyard with detachable snap-lock

A compact high-accuracy compass for hiking and orienteering, the luminous bezel and markings make it ideal for navigating in poor visibility. The A-Range of recreational compasses is a series of handy, well designed, navigational aids which are assets in any environment. All four models in the series (A-10, A-20, A-30L and A-40) are compact, high-accuracy instruments made from durable, clear, scratch resistant acrylic that have been ergonomically designed to fit into the palm of your hand for optimum ease of use. These light-weight compasses feature a fixed declination correction scale as well as a patent-pending lanyard snap-lock enabling the compass to be easily detached from the lanyard.Hailing from Suunto’s A-Range of recreational compasses, the A-30L is a compact, well-designed compass for hiking and orienteering, with a luminous bezel and markings that are ideal for navigating in poor visibility.

The lightweight A-30L compass also features a fixed declination correction scale, a jewel bearing, marking holes for drawing control points, a magnifying lens, and a patent-pending snap-lock that detaches easily from the lanyard. The compass measures 2.2 by 4.3 inches and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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Price: $ 21.25