Huntington MG1 Military Bearing / Lensatic Compass, Professionally Liquid-Dampened, Full Metal Body with Bearing Prism / Lens System (K4580 GR US)
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- Military bearing / lensatic compass in full metal body with folding cover
- Prism lens system enables you to get your directions from the side: 2nd scale on the side of the fluid-damped compass disc
- Lens system diopter-adjustable
- Metal body: Works well in all weather conditions
- Great for backpackers, campers, hikers, hunter, geologists, conquerers and other outdoor activists
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Top Customer Reviews
I like this compass. It's a lot for the money.
That said, with light use, it's fading fast. It's only seen a couple uses outdoors; once was to test it and the next was on a hike. It did perform well.
However, this compass's markings and paint are easily worn (see picture). Before the marks are gone, I'll probably be ordering a better lensatic compass of more familiar configuration, with "hard marks" such as wires instead of depending on ink crosshairs.
It was carried in my pocket or belt, but *always* in a case. I would venture a guess that the ink would be completely worn away had I not cased it.
That's my main complaint.
The bezel does seem to be plastic, or just very cheap metal, but it works so I've got no complaints about that.
I bought this compass mostly to test the design, to see whether I like it better than the more standard design I'm familiar with. Had I had high expectations for this compass, I'd be more disappointed.
Overall, two stars. Had the crosshairs not worn, I'd have given it a solid five stars.
The included pouch is kind of meh (about an inch or so oversized) but you can either stitch it up tighter yourself or keep the compass in a pouch in your pack or around your neck - you're carrying this thing with you to use it in the field, not to save it like some heirloom, right?
Liquid dampening works very well. Metal body feels very solid and helps steady free hand use. What really impressed me was the sighting setup. Looking through notch at graticle line to line up distant object a very short glance down brings magnified degree reading into easy focus.
This is a lot more compass than I expected, especially for the price.
When this one arrived I took it out in the fields to give it a little work out and get used to it. I found I really liked the sighting hole in the side which allows a clear view of the dial while taking a heading. I found the compass also leveled quite nicely with the built in bubble.
Two days later I took it out into some scrublands to do some orienteering with some friends. Using this compass and a map I was easily able to find my way to all check points. It was actually easier to use for me than the old Military Issue one that vanished.
The only thing I would change on it would be to put an Inclinometer on it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seems to work ok but it's really heavy and the lens on the bottom is hard to see into. Even after all that it's hard to complain at this price.Published 3 days ago by Wes
A compass, by definition, needs to be able to point north- this one does not. Using three military (actual US Army) compasses, it is off of North by 4-7 degrees. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Matt
I bought 12 of these to use for orienteering activities with 4-H and Scout groups. Unfortunately compasses in 2 of them stuck so badly that they were unusable (returned them). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought it to go on a trip out west to National Parks. Didn't need to use it much but I felt a little better having it with me in case of something happening like a falsh flood or... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas J. Yager
Works well. Exceeds my expectations. I'll be purchasing more of these from this seller.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer