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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2012

Gear Guide 2012: Brunton O.S.S. 10B Compass

Simple, yet reliable, this compass is great for spot checks and map consults.

by: Kelly Bastone

Brunton O.S.S. 10B (Courtesy Photo)
Brunton O.S.S. 10B (Courtesy Photo)

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Heading off trail? “Grab a length of P-cord and loop this simple compass around your neck,” says our senior editor, who used the O.S.S 10B to maintain course during a whiteout on Mt. Rainier’s Muir Snowfield. “For ultraprecise navigation, you’ll want a spendier compass with a sighting mirror, but for spot checks while following a bearing (a common compass use for hikers), this is one of the simplest yet most reliable models out there.” Bonus: A clear baseplate allows you to overlay it on a topo during map consults, and adjusting declination requires no tools—just twist the housing. $13; 1 oz.; bruntonoutdoors.com

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Wildnerness Mike
Feb 04, 2014

I took that compass in a store and dropped it on the floor still in its blister pack. The needle stopped turning. The others in the rack worked. You need to check the durability before recommending something too.

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tom
Jan 08, 2013

this company sucks! There is no help on using a brunton compass. all I wanted was a simple old fasioned compass that points in the right direction, not some fancy crap!

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