High Vis­i­bil­ity Fold­ing Map Com­pass

RECOIL OFFGRID - - Buyer’s Guide -

Plas­tic

2.4 ounces 3.7 by 2.5 by 0.7 inches

$10

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PROS:

Very low cost

De­cent func­tion­al­ity for entr y-level users

CONS:

Lesser build qual­ity than higher-priced mod­els

Re­tail­ing for $ 10, the UST mir­ror com­pass is in the same price range as the Cole­man Len­satic com­pass, but of­fers sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter build qual­ity. It’s also eas­ily read­able, even for layper­sons who don’t have much ex­pe­ri­ence us­ing a com­pass. Even if you don’t use the mir­ror func­tion and just use it for ba­sic way find­ing, it’d still be wor th the price of ad­mis­sion to keep on-hand as a backup.

Although the plas tic snap clo­sure isn’t as crisp as on the sim­i­lar Su­unto or Silva mod­els , the UST com­pas s s till didn’t feel like a toy. The com­pas s nee­dle set tled fairly quickly, and the day- glo green back­ing al­lowed us to f ind it quickly in or bag or lo c ate it if dropped on the ground.

The metal pins which hold the plas­tic clamshell pieces to­gether be­gan to work their way out af­ter a se­ries of open­ings and clos­ings, rais­ing ques­tions about its long-term dura­bil­ity when used in the field. How­ever, as an af­ford­able model for some­one just learn­ing to use a mir­ror type com­pass, it’s a wor thwhile op­tion.

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