Finding the right compassI recently lost my very last compass, and I'm glad. This compass was just a $6 Coghlans Map Compass. I purchased this compass at the surplus store, en route to a camping trip. It was only supposed to hold me over, until I could order a replacement, for the Suunto compass that I had recently lost. It seems that I might be the equivalent of a Bermuda Triangle for compasses. The Coghlans Compass ended up as my primary compass longer than originally planned, and I used the heck out of that compass. I didn't have high expectations for the Coghlans Compass, but the compass needle tended to point in a Northerly direction and that was good enough in a pinch. I did find myself missing some of the features and high quality of that lost Suuntu compass. On a positive note, I am confident that the woodland creatures are appreciating the quality construction of that compass...
Desired FeaturesI started keeping a list of features that I needed (ok, wanted) on my compass wish list. When I finally lost the Coghlans Map Compass, I pulled out my wish list of compass features and started digging around the Amazon marketplace for my upgrade. Wish List (these are my actual notes, but sanitized and curse words removed)
- Illuminated (or glow in the dark) dial and needle - I must have this on any compass from now on!!!
- clear and efficient markings without too much clutter
- adjustable declination (or declination adjustment) - I think the lack of declination is why I am lost.
- Raised and Beveled edges, to can easily rotate the compass for correct bearings, with gloves on. (aka: I am not taking off my gloves, it's too cold, I'll just stay lost a while longer)
- must not cost a trillion bucks...maybe $30