High Visibility Folding Map Compass
2.4 ounces 3.7 by 2.5 by 0.7 inches
Very low cost
Decent functionality for entr y-level users
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.