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- The Silva Ranger compasses deliver superior accuracy, even in the most demanding conditions
- 0-Degree - 360-Degree dial with 2-Degree graduations, luminous points for night use
- Clinometer, Map magnifier and Sighting mirror
- Geared declination adjustment
- Lanyard with adjustable slider and screwdriver
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The Silva Ranger compasses deliver superior accuracy, even in the most demanding conditions. Sighting mirror for superior accuracy when navigating on distant landmarks. Three scales for quick, easy plotting with any topographic map. The geared declination allows you to “set and forget” ensuring constant compensation for this variable when taking bearings. Our large knurled dial provides a sure grip even in adverse weather.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 11 x 6 x 1 inches; 5.6 Ounces
- Item model number : 2800517
- Date First Available : October 12, 2012
- Manufacturer : Silva
- ASIN : B009PM8920
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#310,951 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
- #436 in Compasses (Sports & Outdoors)
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The Silva's rotating bezel was quite stiff out of the box. I though it would loosen with time. It has not.
The declination setting is hard to see; the markings overlap and make accurate setting very difficult.
The declination setting drifts over time. This may be related to the very stiff bezel.
The 1/20 inch map scale is not accurate: it is printed on the case at an incorrect distance from the bottom edge (which is supposed to be "zero"), so all your readings are off.
I can not recommend this compass for map or field work.
My dog and I are a search and rescue team and have to keep good grids to cover a designated area. Having a compass in hand is extremely important to keeping straight lines in the middle of a dense mountain and cover our area correctly. Not having a reliable tool put my life, my dog's life and the missing person's life at risk.
What's worse, I contacted Silva to get a replacement, but NEVER heard back from them. I just bought a replacement, SILVA as well, and I can already see myself using it for years to come.
Once you dial in a course to traverse, you only bother to keep the red needle in the "house" as you yomp along anyway. The modern compass is not a free swinging , non-dampened, spinning compass card where keeping yourself on track would be extremely tedious. Instead, they're very accurate, , and relatively inexpensive well made precision instruments.
I keep this in a maxpedition GPS pouch to protect it which definitely helps. It has an easy to read dial, and the mirror helps those who prefer their things do two things. I no longer carry a signalling mirror, I have the mirror on my compass, and also use it in the morning so as to prepare myself slightly and be a little less horrific in my appearance to others.
I taught Land Navigation in the Army and I teach Underwater Navigation for SCUBA divers. I have considerable experience using compasses. This compass would be great if you could see the heading easily.
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Very easy to rely on mobiles/GPS these days and then when you drop it, lose it or run out of power. Although i'm a techie by nature, always try and stick with a compass and map.
Once you've gone to a sighting compass - you'll never go back. Taking a bearing of objects is incredibly simple and this needle is nice and steady with no weird off balancing or sensitivity. It also has a declination compensator if you want to be really lazy... but generally leave this alone unless you know what you're doing. There is an inclinometer; but again for most people this will be overkill.
The construction is nice and sturdy and the mirror folds over the bezel nicely - giving a little bit of protection - but if you treat it badly it will break.
Instead of going cheap, go effective when it comes to this sort of kit. Make your navigation hassle free!