Find the Best Compass

Our reviews of Digital Compasses, Wrist watch Compass, zipper Compass, and GPS

A basic compass costs between $12 and $25
advanced compasses, about $40 to $70

How to Choose the Best Compass
navigate with map and compass is a crucial life saving skill
Navigation is an important wilderness skill

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Base Plate Compass

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Hybrid Compasses

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small compasses built in to watchbands or attached to zipper pulls

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digital compasses require battery power

Features of a compass:

Magnetized needle
Rotating bezel (or azimuth ring)
Orienting arrows and lines

Extra Features
Magnifying lens: Some compasses have one set into the baseplate; it’s handy for reading map details.
Luminescent indicators: If you’re starting before sunup or finding your way back after sunset, you’ll be glad you have a compass that has this feature.

Declination adjustment
Sighting mirror
Global needle

Global-positioning system receiver
(commonly known by the letters GPS)

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