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Brunton Outback. Never Be Lost Again.,
This review is from: Brunton Outback Digital Compass (Sports)
I was given the Outback as a gift, and damned if I wasn't skeptical. Generally, I avoid buying anything that requires batteries, and I wasn't sure I wanted to rely on a battery powered device to guide me through the wilderness. Furthermore, I already knew how to use a traditional spinning needle compass, and I wasn't sure if I was up to the task of learning how to use the Outback. But, I was proven wrong. The Outback is easier and more fun to use than a regular compass and it is loaded with features. As for performance, I have been using it quite a bit to learn all the functions and the batteries are still running strong (the instruction manual says it will run for about 200 hours on 1 battery ). Beyond easy to use, the Outback has a lot of different menu options but one of the neatest is the Trail Blazer Menu that tracks and memorizes your course as you travel. Once you get to your destination, you can program the Outback to reverse your course so you can end up standing in the very place you left from. There are a couple of other menus that I'm still learning about but what I like most is that the Outback is super easy to read and so far has been very accurate. I have been trying to get it to screw up, but it won't. The LCD display is big and easy to read showing headings and digits, cardinal points, and on the compass rose. It also has a back light option so you can illuminate the screen to maintain your course in the dark. No doubt, I highly recommend this product over any other compass out there. The only thing I can imagine to improve it would be a case that attaches to your belt, that would make it easier to get at, but then again, it has a lanyard so a belt loop case isn't really necessary.