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  • #646756
    Yoda
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    I’ve recently compared several compass brands available in the US that ALL have adjustable declination, a sighting mirror & a 0-90 degree clinometer. Here’s the list…

    Brunton – Eclipse/Eclipse Pro
    Brunton – 15TDCL
    K&R – Alpin
    K&R – Lumo Tec
    K&R – Sherpa BW2
    Silva USA – Ranger CL
    Suunto – MB-6
    Suunto – MC-2

    Out of all of these, my overall favorite is K&R’s Lumo Tec for its size, weight, quality, simplicity & features. Second runner up is Suunto’s MB-6.

    My other personal favorite is the MC-2. The reason for my bias is Suunto is the only compass manufacturer that offers a “Global” needle version that allows their compasses to work in both N & S hemispheres. It costs a bit more, but you’ll only need to buy one compass if you travel worldwide. Suunto also offers the MB-6 with the “Global” needle… that’s why I gave it 2nd in my pick. Note: Both of these compasses are available without the ‘Global” needle.

    I have Brunton’s 26DNL-CL compass and I have to agree with Han’s review above. I’ve carried & used this compass merely because it was lighter & more compact and I felt it was sufficient for my needs. However thinking more about it… If I’m in need of a compass, I don’t want a toy, I want a tool. Plus the clinometer only goes up to 60 degrees on this compass. The Lumo Tec is nearly the same size as this Brunton model, but it comes with ALL of the “key” features & a way better hinge design.:thumpsup:

    #646757
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    @yoda wrote:

    My other personal favorite is the MC-2. The reason for my bias is Suunto is the only compass manufacturer that offers a “Global” needle version that allows their compasses to work in both N & S hemispheres.

    The model with the global needle is the MC-2G (+ the G for ‘global’ and $30 more). The MC-2 has all the key features w/out the fancy needle. FWIW the MC-2’s needle is balanced for the entire northern hemisphere (which is more than most other compass needles).

    The global needle does a little bit more than work in both hemispheres (which doesn’t matter to 99% of compass users). Essentially, it’s a pocket sized marine compass (i.e. a magnet on a gimbal), which significantly decreases dampening time and allows the needle to point north even when the compass is not level. That means you can take bearings directly at features above or below you (up to 20°) and (most importantly) the needle stays true while in motion; which might matter to those of us who don’t commute across the equator.

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    #646758
    lernr
    233 Posts

    Wow Yoda!

    I also use the MC-2 and am happy with it so far – but I don’t really do much challenging navigation, and I also often carry a GPS so that I can have waypoints and tracks.

    The MC-2 has saved me from getting lost a couple of times in unfamiliar terrain when I didn’t have a GPS.

    Cheers
    Ivo

    #646759
    Yoda
    264 Posts

    Silva Sweden was sold last year, so as a result, Silva Sweden & Brunton USA have parted ways.

    Check out Brunton’s new USA made compasses that have a sighting mirror, adj. declination and a 0-90 degree clinometer… http://store.bruntonoutdoor.com/navigation/brunton-oss-technology/brunton-o.s.s.-50m/

    Here’s their full-featured version… http://store.bruntonoutdoor.com/navigation/brunton-oss-technology/brunton-o.s.s.-60m/

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