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Suunto M-9 Wrist Compass

by Suunto
102 customer reviews

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  • Handy and reliable wrist compass for navigating around town or the country
  • Employs Suunto's two-zone system for reliable readings in northern hemisphere
  • Serrated bezel ring turns easily even when you're wearing gloves
  • Ratchet mechanism for setting direction; jewel bearing and side reading window
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The M-9 wrist compass by Suunto is a handy and reliable tool that a great variety of people find invaluable. Featuring a serrated bezel ring for easy turning even while wearing gloves and available in either black or green, the Suunto M-9 enables you to navigate effectively in town or country. FEATURES of the M-9 Wrist Compass by Suunto Two Zone System (available for northern hemisphere only) Serrated bezel ring Jewel bearing Luminous card Side-reading window Ratchet mechanism to set desired direction Strap with brass buckle Wrist compass Sighting hole SPECIFICATIONS: Weight: 1.2 oz (34 g ) Size: 1.6" x 1.9"x 0.6" (40 x 47 x 14 mm)

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  • ASIN: B007NWT0S6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,054 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By James Q. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 18, 2008
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If you need a compass, bigger is best, but just how big can big be? Reason is, the aiming accuracy and capability gets better if you have a large stable platform and sight. OTAH, getting a wrist compass to do the same thing is difficult to achieve, and the M-9 meets this role well. With GPS being the principle guide these days to terrestrial navigation, compasses are mostly for backup and rough heading use, so best accuracy is less practical these days in lieu of compactness, ruggedness, and light weight. Underwater, the M-9 is as good as a dedicated SCUBA compass.

I've used an M-9 since 2001, and it finally died, the plastic case cracked, some liquid leaked, so a bubble that formed keeps the pointer from spinning freely.

This is my 3rd M-9, as I've bought two, keeping one as a spare. I use them both on surface and underwater to as deep as 260' ... although not rated as a diving compass, all fluid filled devices are non-compressible and should take great depths without issue. Diving capacity has been proven for the years I've owned this compass and others who use it similarly.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By The Gyro Captain on August 21, 2012
I bought the Suunto M9 wrist compass in 2000, and it has been going strong ever since. I've used it hiking/camping, as well as during an Iraq deployment. A few minor points:

* The case is black plastic, with a clear rotating bezel. Despite being plastic, the compass is very sturdy: I used mine during both motorized and dismounted operations. I've accidentally banged it against the armor in Humvees, Guardians and M915's, and it has never cracked. By contrast, I have owned three different compasses that slide onto your watchband; none lasted me more than a week.

* The M9 is lightweight; you won't notice it is on your wrist. I heartily subscribe to the theory that gear used to maintain your life should be attached to you at all times, so you will have it handy if you are separated from your base/vehicle/pack. The wrist-wear feature of the M9 is perfect for this.

* Another nice feature of wearing the M9 on your wrist is that you can check your azimuth as you travel, thus eliminating the step of digging out your compass. Minor detail, but it is handy.

* The M9 is accurate; don't let anyone tell you different. I used this as my sole compass on more than one compass course, and it was great for land navigation. Sometimes the face would get stuck, but a little shake of the wrist would get it going again. Some reviewers have been put off by this; for me it was not a show stopper.

* The velcro wristband is much sturdier than I had anticipated. I did not think it would last the first year, but it is now 12 years old and going strong. If you don't want to wear the compass on your wrist, you can also use the the velcro wristband to loop the compass through your webgear, or through the loops on your pack shoulder straps.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rockhill on November 22, 2010
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I bought this compass for use while hunting. Some of my colleagues have given me sideways looks and laughs for taking a compass to the field with me. But my experiences in the military taught me how quick a person can get mixed up in the forest, experienced or not. I still like my trusty issued lensatic, but i'm not navigating to a given point using a map, or calling for artillery fire when hunting (though the last one might be fun). I just need a quick reference, to make sure I go back the way I came. The lensatic is just a hassle to pull out of a pocket, unfold, use, fold and put away. I can't leave it out and dangle, It'll just gets caught on brush and knock against my rifle and make noise. Going through the whole process to use it as described above is not often condusive to being quiet and is a bunch of useless figeting. This wrist compass is exactly what i have needed. Just strap on your wrist,and take a look when needed. One reviewer Gave this a single star citing he felt the numbers on the bezel were backwards. Indeed they are, however, if you buy one, I urge you to resist doing the "man" thing and tossing the instructions. Give them a quick read and you'll understand exactly what going on with it. There is a sighting set up on the compass so it can be roughly use like a lensatic. One side has a small window. When strapped properly to your wrist, this window faces you when you hold the compass out in front of you enabling you to read your heading through the window. If you hold it lower for just a quick glance you are suppose to read the number closest to you(there is a pointer for this). For example If you are facing north, and you look through the window it will read "0" and the north arrow facing away from you. On a traditional compass the digit "0" would be at the tip of the north arrow and in this situation would not be readable through the window which faces you. It really is quite easy to use and I am thrilled with it thus far.
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