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Top 10 Compasses 2017

Here is our list of the Top 10 Compasses for 2017.  We have selected the compasses in this list base on quality, durability, overall looks, and value.  Enjoy!

1. CMMG Official US Military Tritium Lensatic Compass

The Tritium Lensatic Compass is built to the demanding specification MIL-PRF-10436N. Battle tested through rigorous shock, water, sand proof, and functional from -50o F to +150o F. Seven Tritium Micro Lights allow for navigation in low-light conditions, without the need for a flashlight or any other light source. Tritium Micro Lights remain luminous for over twelve years, maintenance-free. Equipped with a magnifying lens, sight wire, and dial graduations in both degrees and mils to ensure accurate readings. The Copper Induction Damping System slow the rotation of the magnet without the use of liquids. Built to last with an aluminum frame and waterproof housing. The Cammenga compass is depended on by fighting forces, government agencies, and adventurous outdoor enthusiasts around the world. Features:- Luminosity: Tritium- Jewel Bearing: Sapphire- Rotating Bezel: Bi-Directional- Climate Capacity: -50 F to +150 F- Frame Materials: Cast Aluminum- Waterproof: Yes- Expected Luminous Life: 10 Years- Accuracy: +/- 0002 mils- Dial Readings: Degrees & mils- Casting: Aluminum- Damping Process: Induction- Carrying Pouch: LC-1 w/Belt Clip- Lanyard: Included (No Liquid Req.)- Colors (Body): Olive Drab

2. Eyeskey Multifunctional Military Army Metal Sighting Compass

The bubble level can improve its accuracy and decrease its errors; Special design of fluorescent light allows you to read data in dark environment after absorbing enough sunshine. Waterproof and shakeproof compass: Suitable for motoring, boating, camping, mountaineering, exploring, hunting and other outdoor activities. Can be used for positioning, orienting on a map, outdoor Activities and so on. Compact Size: Compact size and light weight(approx. 7*5.2*2.5cm / approx. 175g / Lanyard: 18″), easy to handle and carry. High Strength Engineering Metal: Made of high strength engineering metal, which is capable of working under extreme weather condition. Features: Thermo-elastic liquid-filled capsule with floating dial, Rotating bezel ring, Ruler units on the sides measuring inches & centimeters, Built-in bubble level, Tripod screw hole on base, Adjustable diopter sighting lens, Sighting lines on cover, Conversion chart for angle, gradient & distance on back plate, Heavy-duty and sturdy.

3. Silva Ranger 515 Compass

The Silva Ranger 515 CL and Ranger 515CLQ compass deliver superior accuracy, even in the most demanding conditions. The split-sighting mirror ensures superior accuracy when navigating on distant landmarks. The baseplate has three scales for quick, easy plotting with a topographic map. Silicone feet provide positive grip on a map. The geared declination allows you to set and forget the declination for the area you are in, ensuring constant compensation for this variable when taking bearings. A clinometer lets you measure angles of inclination. 1:24,000 map scale.1:25,000 and 1:50,000 romer scales. Clinometer. Magnifiying lens.Luminous markings for use a night. Geared declination adjustment. Silicone feet keep the compass from sliding on a map. Includes lanyard with screwdriver to set declination. dimensions: 4X2.5″. Weight: 2.4oz.

4. Beileshi Professional Multifunction Military Army Metal Sighting Compass

Key Features: Professional Multifunction Military Army Metal Sighting Compass w/Inclinometer Camping and Hiking Waterproof Compass, Foldable metal lid, Sighting window with sighting line, North arrow, Floating compass dial with 360°scale, Rotary dial with 360° scale, Luminous magnet arrow, Bezel ring, Inch / cm scale, Adjustable prism lens, Liquid-filled, Bubble level. Offering a little different style to the traditional military style compass, there is no flip up optic to peer through (like in a traditional lensatic compass). This model uses a true sighting optic that allows you a direct read of the internal compass card housed in the fluid filled capsule. And the vertical lubber line of the sighting optic lets you take full advantage of the 1 degree resolution used on the compass card. The clinometer allows the measuring of differences in height and slopes.

5. Rothco 3H Cammenga G.I. Military Tritium Lensatic Compass

The Cammenga G.I. Military Tritium Lensatic Compass is built to the demanding specifications of U.S. Fighting Forces. Battle tested, this compass is shock, water and sand proof, and functional from -50ºF to +150ºF. Seven Tritium Micro Lights allow for navigation in low-light conditions. It is equipped with a magnifying lens, sighting wire, and dial graduations in both degrees and mils to ensure accurate readings. Copper induction dampening system slows the rotation of the magnet without the use of liquids. Built to last with an aluminum frame and waterproof housing. The Cammenga Compass is depended on by U.S. Fighting Forces all over the world. All Commenga Lensatic Compass models come with a carrying pouch, and belt clip. NOTE: Cammenga standard 3H model (#417) is not balanced for the southern hemisphere. Model 3HSH can be special ordered and will be balanced for the southern hemisphere if a customer requests.

6. BNISE Military Marching Compass

Night Vision Design – This compass with luminous display inside, convenient night clearly viewing ; Sighting window with sighting line ; Reference table to estimate distance and scope. Multifunction – Can be used for positioning, orienting on a map, plotting and so on; Suitable for motoring, boating, camping, mountaineering, exploring, hunting and other outdoor activities; Floating compass dial with 360°scale, Rotary dial with 360° scale and with Bubble level. Army Pocket Size – Size: 98*65.5*33.5mm; Color: Green; Material: Metal. This compass is great for hikers so that they always know where they are at all time. Don’t guess where North is, let the compass tell you. You’ll never get lost again!! BNISE is a high-end brand in the field of optical; BNISE has devoted to professional design and production of optical high-end products more than 20 years and the factory has more than 100 professionals in the optical system design and research, thus ensuring the strong technical background and development ability in high-end advanced optical technology in optical field.

7. Suunto MB-6 Matchbox Compass

A Feature-Packed compass in a Handy Matchbox Style Case. The Suunto MB-6 is a combination of a hand bearing and base plate compass in a highly resistant Noryl´s matchbox style case and is ideal for marine use. Though small and compact, the MB-6 boasts a host of invaluable features. Combination hand-bearing and base-plate compass for global use. Housed in highly-resistant matchbox-style case ideal for marine applications. Fixed declination adjustment system is ideal for areas with magnetic variation. Luminous needle is easy to read in poor lighting; built-in clinometer.

8. K&R Meridian Pro Luminous Compass

The meridian pro features both a flip-up sighting prism and a rotating bezel, allowing this compass to be used as a traditional hand-held compass or as an optical sighting transit. Durable aluminum body, Fluid-filled dampening, Thermo-elastic capsule for durable bubble-free performance, Integrated Clinometer, Bubble level, 1/4 inch thread for tripod attachment, Thumb holder ring, Flip-up sighting prism, Clear lid with sighting line, Cordura carry case with belt loop, Luminescent bezel and north points, Inch and mm scales, Metal bezel with 0-360 azimuth scale (5 degree resolution), Internal compass card with 0-360 azimuth scale and reciprocal scale. (1 degree resolution).

9. K&R Alpin Compass

Created with and tested by the BRK mountain rescue service, this feature rich precision instrument was designed with durability in mind. Adjustable declination, Triple sighting system, Unbreakable polished aluminum sighting mirror, Fluid filled dampening, Thermo-elastic capsule for durable bubble-free performance, Integrated clinometer (0-90 deg; 1 deg resolution), Transparent baseplate with rubber feet, 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 map scales, Degrees/percent conversion table, Luminescent bezel and navigation points, 0-360 degree azimuth scale (2 degree resolution), CM and inch ruler, Magnifying lens, Cut-outs for map marking, Comfortably wide neck lanyard with release.

10. K&R Sherpa BW2 Compass

Built with all the same highly durable features as the Alpin, the Sherpa BW2 is only lacking the clinometer and luminous bezel. Adjustable declination. Triple sighting system. Unbreakable polished aluminum sighting mirror. Fluid filled dampening, Thermo-elastic capsule for durable bubble-free performance, Transparent baseplate with rubber feet, 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 map scales, Luminescent navigation points, 0-360 degree azimuth scale (2 degree resolution), CM and inch ruler, Magnifying lens, Cut-outs for map marking, Comfortably wide neck lanyard with release.

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Thank you for checking out our list of the Top 10 Compasses for 2017.  We have selected the compasses in this list base on quality, durability, overall looks, and value.

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George M

George M is a retired Army Non-Commissioned Officer, and preparedness enthusiast.
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