2.6 ounces 2.56 by 3.98 by 0.71 inches
Solidly built (for plastic) compass with proven field experience Lightweight frame Limited lifetime warranty
Suunto logo blocks orientation arrows, making map use more dif ficult
Markings may need to be recharged in the dark
This design is quite light weight, although tougher than what you’d initially exp ec t . A s with the Silva , both designs use a clear plas tic backing , making it easier to quickly f ind where you’re going and char t a course on a paper map. They both utilize liquidfilled capsules, which can sometimes create problems when used in low temperatures .
Glow-in-the-dark (non-tritium) markings, which need to be “recharged” with a flashlight in the dark, are also used on the faces of both compasses. The Suunto, however, features a thick, bright ring around the compass face as well as on the directional markings. This seems preferable, as it helped us to locate it in the dark and provided faster orientation in low light.
An informal polling of our wilderness search-and-rescue associates revealed their unanimous approval of this option from Suunto, although we still weren’t 100-percent sold. While both the Suunto and Silva retail for less than the Cammenga 3H, we’d still pick the Cammenga for its intuitive ease of use and unquestionable durability in all conditions. Published accuracy: +/- 2 degrees.