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Brunton Classic Compass(9020G)

by Brunton

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  • Classic, analog 3-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches by 1/2 inch design
  • Weighs only 1.1 ounces
  • Provides 2 degree graduations and adjustable declination
  • Features 0-35 degree inclination scale
  • This item is not for sale in Catalina Island

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Product Description

Product Description

The ideal beginner compass, the 9020G is another Brunton signature. With an optic green baseplate and tool-free declination adjustment for easy reading and more convenient navigating.3.5x2.5x.5 1.1 oz. 2 graduations Declination adjustable 0-35 inclination scale Inch & mm scales

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This classic, analog compass provides all the information that got explorers around perfectly well for hundreds of years, in a snappy, optic green package. It features 2-degree graduations (the series of degree markings on the azimuth ring used for taking bearings) and adjustable declination (the difference in degrees between magnetic north--the direction the magnetic needle on a compass points--and true or geographical north, which is the direction maps are printed toward. It also features 0-35 degree inclination scale (the distance between two points on a map as they relate to the distance between those two points on the earth) and displays this in both inches and millimeters.

Product Details

Product Manual [1.91mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 x 0.5 inches ; 1.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000093ILT
  • Item model number: F-9020G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Reviews

It comes with a string that you can attach to it so you can carry it easier.
RiverRat
I appreciate the adjustable declination; bright green base plate; and handy size.
Mr. E
We needed a compass to use in school map reading activities and this is perfect.
homeschool mom

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

154 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Stephen W. Hinch on February 9, 2006
The Brunton Classic is a straightforward, easy-to-use, low-cost compass that works well in the outdoors. It is a bit clunky-looking and a little bulky in your pocket, but you will appreciate that fact in cold weather when you are wearing gloves. It comes with a TRUE declination adjustment that moves the north reference indicator to the desired declination. This is much better than some of the least expensive compasses that claim to have a declination adjustment but really don't. (They require you to manually offset the needle from the north reference indicator to achieve it, something you don't want to have to struggle with when you are exhausted after hiking for 10 hours.) The Brunton doesn't need a tool to adjust declination, which they claim as an advantage. In contrast, Suunto compasses use a tiny screwdriver attached to the lanyard to make the adjustment. Personally, I like the screwdriver adjustment as being more accurate and less likely to be accidentally moved, but they both work equally well. The bearing markings silkscreened onto the Brunton's dial are not as fine-ruled as the Suunto so you can't get quite as precise a readout, but the difference is insignificant in most cases.

One thing I don't particularly like about the Brunton is that the baseplate is symmetric, so if you're not careful you can end up reading a bearing that is 180 degrees off from what you intended. On the Suunto, on the other hand, one edge of the baseplate is shaped like an arrow, so it is always obvious which way to point it.

This basic compass doesn't have a sighting mirror, and there are decidedly two schools of thought on whether this is necessary. Some people absolutely claim you need a mirror compass for accurate navigation. Others do perfectly fine without it.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Bob Esponja on December 24, 2005
A basic compass like this should be part of anyone's outdoor kit, and this model is an excellent choice. The highly visible markings on the bezel of this model, and the bright colored baseplate enhhance your ability to find and use this compass in the outdoors and set it apart from similar models. Brunton makes a quality product and this one does exactly what it is intended to do. While some people want a mirrored sighting compass for greater precision, that is a different type of tool. Many users are not looking for extreme precision in a utility compass, but instead just want an accurate indication of direction for use with a GPS bearing or to orient themselves in the outdoors. Those users also know that they should not rely solely on a GPS, compass watch or other electronic device when a quality, inexpensive compass like this can provide a reliable indication of direction without needing batteries. A non-mirrored compass like this is handy for rapid use because it does not have to be "opened" for use. This one is rugged and because of the durability and low price is something you will take and use on all of your outdoor adventures.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jim Morrison on April 2, 2007
Some of the reviews I read sounded like they were written by people who had little real wilderness experience. A compass like this one is exactly what Boy Scouts learn to navigate with. Contrary to one review, this compass does have a declination adjustment. It is a bottom plate with an alignment arrow that turns independent of the top. So, in my case, I set the alignment arrow so that it is +19 degrees off of of zero (N). Now all I have to do is align the magnetic needle with the off set arrow and the compass readings all read true. There are several types of compasses. This is what I call "Type A". A magnetic needle operates independently of the compass card. It is the most popular type. You should read a book or on line to figure out how to do a few simple things like orienting the compass and taking a bearing, and understanding declination. My only complaint on this compass is that after rattling around in my pack for a few years the letters and numbers on the base plate almost wore off. Perhaps you should purchase a case for your compass. I helped teach a mountaineering class yesterday and this is the type of compass is what everybody used. 4 teams bushwhacked through steep terrain following a compass heading for over a mile and all (independently) came out within 100 to 150 feet of their destination. Conclusion: this type compass is good for woods navigation, a site mirror or a lensatic type is not needed.

I gave it only 3 stars because there are so many brands that are similar I can't say it is better than average, except it looks pretty cool with the colored base, and is easy to read.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Groeneveld on February 19, 2008
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The Brunton Classic Compass is a good choice for the price. It delivers everything that you'd expect from a maptop compass... plastic base, bearings marked around the housing, easily rotating needle color coded for north and south, it even has a place for a lanyard or string to be attached.
The size is just about right for either a shirt breast pocket or to be carried in the hand in the field. The adjustment for declination and graduated measurements along the edge make it a most versitle tool.
In short, I am very pleased with this unit, and will recommend it to my students in the upcoming compass orienting and map reading class I am about to teach next month.
You could do a lot worse by buying a cheaply made compass. This one works well for the right price. Thank you Amazon.
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