Orienteering Compasses

Here are some of the compasses recommended for orienteering beginners. You don't need anything complex or costly. These are more than adequate and will work well for years. Some of these can be picked up at stores like Wal-Mart, Academy Sports, Alabama Outdoors, etc.

Brunton
model 7DNL STAR
MSRP:  $10
3"x1.94"x.44"
0.91 oz.
2 graduations
Declination scale
Inch & mm scales
lanyard

Brunton
model 3DLU EXPEDITION
MSRP: $19
3.9"x2.13"x.44"
1.3 oz.
2 graduations
1:62.5k mile & 1:24 USGS scale
Declination scale
Inch & mm scales
Lanyard
Luminous points
Map magnifier

Suunto
model A-10 Partner
MSRP: $9.95
Ergonomically shaped baseplate
Fixed declination correction scale
Snap-lock lanyard - enables the user to easily detach the compass from the lanyard
Available in inch or cm scales
Dimensions: 2.2" x 3.5"
Weight: 0.8oz.

Silva
model Polaris type 7
about $14
ergonomic base plate
dial has easy to read 2 degree graduation lines
large numerals at the 20 degree mark
declination correction scale
four second needle settling time
sure-grip dial
Red orienting arrow for "Red to North Red" needle match
two scales (inch and millimeter)
lanyard hole on the baseplate
weight 0.8 oz.

Silva
model Starter type 123
about $10
rotating capsule with 5 dial graduation
two scales (inch and millimeter)
lanyard hole on the baseplate.
Four second needle settling time
Sure-grip dial
Red orienting arrow for "Red to North Red" needle match
weight 0.9 oz.

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