* Great for hiking
* Essential for outdoor and maritime emergency kits
* High quality, durable compasses with multifunctional capabilities
These days we’ve come to take GPS-based location systems for granted, especially those of us used to the geotagging functions of apps like Instagram, Yelp and Apple Maps. But long before smartphones or the first NAVSTAR satellite was launched in 1978, we humans have needed to know where we are and where we’re going. This is where the good ol’ magnetic compass comes in.
While it may be a little under appreciated by city slickers today, this ancient tool, first mentioned in the geographical writings of Wang Xu over 2000 years ago, is as fascinating as it is useful. And unlike your smartphone’s GPS, a compass will work no matter how far outside or your coverage area you roam. And it will never run out of power. So if you’re going camping, sailing or even just going on a long hike, it pays to take a compass along as part of your safety and emergency kit.
1. Eyeskey Multifunctional Military-style Compass
The Eyeskey Multifunctional Military style Compass is a rugged and durable sighting compass that features a glow-in-the-dark binnacle so you can read your bearings at night, too.
2. Eyeskey Camo Pattern Metal Compass
This waterproof compass comes with a useful pouch and its metal frame is finished in a handsome, rugged square camo pattern. It features markings in customary as well as metric units.
3. Tsumbay Multipurpose Compass with Hygrometer
Designed for outdoor and wilderness activities and adventuring, this multipurpose compass comes with a thermometer and hygrometer, as well as an emergency fire-starter kit. It also includes a pocket knife, mini signaling mirror, level and ruler.
4. Two Piece Pocket Watch Compass
Handsomely finished, this two-piece pocket watch-style compass has a 360-degree rotating bezel and is finished in polished stainless steel.
5. Ueasy Professional Sighting Compass
The Ueasy professional sighting compass is a shake proof and rugged folding compass that comes with a lanyard and a luminous display for easy viewing at night and in bad weather.
6. Banne Waterproof Compass
The Banne compass is designed for use in all kinds of terrain and holds up well to inclement weather. Useful extras include a built-in bubble level for more accurate sighting.
7. Suunto Compact Mirrored Compass
This gorgeous compact mirrored compass allows you to take highly accurate bearings. Thanks to its global needle and fixed declination system, it resists local magnetic interference. A built-in magnifying glass base makes it easier to read as well.
If you’re starting a new adventure and just getting into getting out more, or if you’re introducing others to the old school thrills of orienteering and navigating in the wilds, Bjorn Kjellstrom’s classic “Be an Expert With Map and Compass” in an involving and easy read, and a great intro to finding your way. So, even if you haven’t quite “found your path,” in the metaphorical sense, this book and a sturdy compass will at least help you find your literal path.