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    Compass

    What does everyone carry for a compass? Is there any advantages to any of them?

    I've had a couple cheap wallyworld ones and they end up broke after awhile, so I'm looking for something with quality.

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    I always have one.....its in my watch. I wear a Casio Pathfinder watch which has a compass function, along with an altimeter and barometer.
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    Silvah Ranger or a Suunto. Used them for 15 years in the US Army infantry and in my civilian career as a forester for the last 12 years. Darn near indestructible and adjustable for declination. Can't go wrong with either of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang06 View Post
    Silvah Ranger or a Suunto. Used them for 15 years in the US Army infantry and in my civilian career as a forester for the last 12 years. Darn near indestructible and adjustable for declination. Can't go wrong with either of them.
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    My primary compass is in my Garmin GPS ... works great. Like "CC" I also have one in my Casio watch and sometimes carry an old Military Style Lensatic Compass left over from Ranger School as a backup (doesn't need batteries).

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    I am not sure of the brand, but I have a simple rugged plastic one attached to my pack. I navigate almost exclusively by landmarks and GPS, but my compass is my back-up plan.
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    Same here I keep a Suunto attached to the inside of my pack with a map as a backup.
    Quote Originally Posted by Umpqua Hunter View Post
    I am not sure of the brand, but I have a simple rugged plastic one attached to my pack. I navigate almost exclusively by landmarks and GPS, but my compass is my back-up plan.

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    I carry the Army compass in the little canvas pack it was in when my Dad used it in WWII. It's just for a backup and I know it will be there and functional if my GPS goes kaput!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topgun 30-06 View Post
    I carry the Army compass in the little canvas pack it was in when my Dad used it in WWII. It's just for a backup and I know it will be there and functional if my GPS goes kaput!
    TG '06, That's the same compass I have ... it's been through alot and will continue to work fine for a long, long time. Great for a GPS backup.

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    Although purely a backup to my GPS, the one I carry is a Brunton Pocket Transit. Maybe a little overkill but they are super accurate and you can triangulate your position off of a quad map with landmarks to within a 200 acre area or so if you know how to use it. It's kind of fun to navigate terrain like that.

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