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Compass recommendations


Postby naepace » Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:30 pm

Can anybody recommend a suitable compass for a complete beginner ?
Many thanks.
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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby Backpacker » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:04 pm

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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby scoob999 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:10 am

join MCofS for a year and get a free compass :D
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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby grenfell88 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:41 am

This was my first compass. It was Pretty good. Good price too

http://www.sportsdirect.com/karrimor-compass-785005
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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby Gythral » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:44 am

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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby balgonie » Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:01 am

I use both the Silva and Karrimor compass and for the money you can't beat the Karrimor, as I was up in the hills the other week and stood on my compass and never had a spare doh! I now carry two the slightly more expensive Silva and the cheaper Karrimor which is still a good compass regardless the price.
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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby Rudolph » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:41 am

stay away from the cheap ones.

I've had two wich reversed polarity on me which is disconcerting. never had that with a silva. I've no experience of karrimor.
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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby Caberfeidh » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:52 am

A fine brass and mahogany ship's binnacle and compass.
You may have to buy a small vessel to accommodate it...
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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby rockhopper » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:20 pm

another vote for the Silva Expedition 4
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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby Phil the Hill » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:25 pm

Rudolph wrote:stay away from the cheap ones.

I've had two wich reversed polarity on me which is disconcerting. never had that with a silva. I've no experience of karrimor.


I once had a Silva reverse polarity on me. We took a bearing on the top of a corniced Beinn a'Chaorainn in a whiteout, and my compass pointed in exactly the opposite direction to everyone else's. Fortunately there were at least two other people in the party with compasses with the correct polarity, so we followed the bearing given by the majority.

But don't let me put you off Silvas. They're good compasses. I think I just put it too close to the unshielded speakers in my old car.
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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby Rudolph » Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:10 pm

Phil the Hill wrote: I think I just put it too close to the unshielded speakers in my old car.


Yeah that would do it!

I think mine were set off by being too close to my GPS. I keep them on separate sides of the sack but sometimes when I put the rucsack down they can end up pretty close. I've a deep and abiding conviction that the silvas have magnatism with a bit more sticking power than the cheapies. Possibly this is nonsense.
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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby malky_c » Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:35 pm

Rudolph wrote:stay away from the cheap ones.

I've had two wich reversed polarity on me which is disconcerting. never had that with a silva. I've no experience of karrimor.


I've had two Silva compasses do this to me. I think it has more to do with where you keep it. My latest one appears to be leaking fluid too. I thought it had just developed an air bubble, but it keeps getting bigger. Still works OK, but you have to stand still longer for it to settle.
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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby naepace » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:27 pm

Cheers everybody. I've ordered the Silva expedition 4 for £20 delivered.
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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby gman » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:35 pm

malky_c wrote:
Rudolph wrote:stay away from the cheap ones.

I've had two wich reversed polarity on me which is disconcerting. never had that with a silva. I've no experience of karrimor.


I've had two Silva compasses do this to me. I think it has more to do with where you keep it. My latest one appears to be leaking fluid too. I thought it had just developed an air bubble, but it keeps getting bigger. Still works OK, but you have to stand still longer for it to settle.


That happened to my Silva, emailed them about it & they told me to return it for a replacement.
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Re: Compass recommendations

Postby Luke88 » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:28 pm

I work in a hospital and I had accidently left my Silva in my jacket pocket which i wore to work. My changing rooms are right underneath the MRI machine and I'm sure the magnetic force of that is responsible for perfectly reversing the polarity of that compass!
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