The field compass looks very much like the compasses we used when I was in the Boy Scouts in the 1950s. In those days before GPS, map reading and using a compass were considered critical skills for outdoorsmen. Even today, maps and compasses are used in orienteering, and even if you’re using GPS for backwoods hiking, electronic devices do malfunction or batteries die, so map and compass skills are still important to have as a backup.
The DETUCK compass looks well made to me, and with marked map scales and a low-power magnifying glass, it’s a nice compass. The attached lanyard allows the user to carry the compass around their neck to keep it handy.
In the accompanying video, I give a simple lesson in using the compass with a map. It’s been more than half a century since I used a map and compass, but I think I remember how. Note that I did not address the issue of magnetic declination, which in the contiguous United States can vary as much as about 17 degrees from true north (and it changes with time).
The compass was provided to me for evaluation. I did not promise to post a review, but I stated that if I did review the product, it would be an honest, unbiased review.
By J. Chambers on May 13, 2016
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