Suunto MC-2G In Global Compass
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- Adjustable declination correction scale
- Size: 65 x 101 x 18 mm / 2.5 x 3.9 x 0.6 (with lid closed)
- Baseplate with magnifying lens and anti-slip rubber pads
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THE SIGHTING COMPASS FOR GLOBAL MOUNTAINEERS Suunto MC-2/360/G/D/L Compass SS004252010 The advanced navigation compass. When venturing out into new territory, these sighting compasses offer precision navigation with a variety of carefully engineered and dependable features for challenging conditions. PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS Sighting tools for accurate direction taking Rugged construction Global Balancing System Clinometer Large mirror Jewel bearing cm and inch scales Adjustable declination correction scale Additional sighting hole for superior accuracy Baseplate with magnifying lens and anti-slip rubber pads Luminous two-color bezel ring Detachable snap-lock in lanyard. Easy to detach for working with the map Wristlock in the lanyard Metric scales cm, inch, 1:20 000 km Roamer, 1:25 000 km Roamer What's in the box? Suunto MC-2/360/G/D/L Compass SS004252010 lanyard with wristlock, declination adjustment key, quick release, manual Measurements 65 x 101 x 18 mm Weight 75 g Measurements 2.56 x 3.98 x 0.71 " Weight 2.65 oz
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The package appeared to be unopened but the lanyard with the declination adjustment tool was missing. I could use an appropriately sized jeweler's screwdriver but two problems would still remain- no lanyard and more importantly a mirror that is so blurry its impossible to use it as intended. With no adjustment tool and lacking a decent mirror this compass offers little to no advantage over my ancient Silva baseplate model.
I reordered the compass from the same company, Dip 'N Dive. The second compass arrived just two days later and both it and the customer service from Dip 'N Dive met all my expectations. I wouldn't hesitate to buy from that company again.
After trying to orient using mini peaks for resections over 6 miles away, my position using identified transits on map and and other mentioned peaks was about the same in error for both Suunto and Brunton, and far superior to Silva Guide, although my technique is poor at best. If I could only have one compass, it would be the Suunto MC-2G. For now, the quick azimuth and easy to adjust bezel functions are what I am using, so Brunton works best for me.
Only downside is parallax error with mirror to bezel (and that undoubtedly is a result of my poor technique), and silly small magnifying glass built into baseplate.
It has all the features I ever needed. And some that I've never really use for (clinometer), but it's a nice touch anyway. Adjustable declination works very well. Baseplate is intelligently thought out, great for working with a map. Global needle is superb - really a notch above the competition. Steadies very fast and points accurately.
On the down side: some minor details first. Luminous markings do not stay lit for very long in the dark. Markings barely remain visible for more than a few minutes after a 30 second charge with powerful flashlight. Folding cover with mirror feels a bit cheap and not all that solid. All in all, construction could be a little better. Too much plastic I suppose. Bezel has developed slight play from use as well. Not much but enough to affect accuracy to maybe half a degree.
And now the one issue that really bothers me. My Suunto has recently developed an air bubble. Happened out of the blue and started really tiny at first. However, during a weekend trip in the mountains that bubble grew almost to the size of a small coin. Not that it was cold at all - we had some pretty sunny days and the altitude was less than 1500m above sea level.
Sure, bubbles can happen to any liquid-filled compass, but it should not happen to a top-of-the-line compass under that kind of conditions. The bubble grew bad enough that it interferred with the needle. Not at all a pleasant experience - I was in difficult terrain and really needed to take reliable bearings.
I'm not all that happy with my situation. I deliberately bought the best mirror compass model available from Suunto at the time in hope that it would serve me well on my trips. I also take very good care of my equipment. Turns out I was a bit too optimistic in my expectations.
Anyway, I contacted Suunto to see if the compass could be repaired (or the compass capsule replaced). Wrote a short, friendly inquiry explaining my problem. Suunto supposedly guarantees that any inquiry regarding their products will be answered within 72 hours at most. Well... Over a week later, still no reply. Another minus for Suunto.
It's too bad really. The MC-2G is a beautiful compass and very practical in the field. Alas, it has let me down in a fairly serious situation and I do not trust it any longer.
I have a couple of Silva compasses, too. They're fine, but I really prefer the Suuntos. Smoother bezels and they seem marginally more accurate. The declination adjustment on the Suuntos is a bit of a pain, though, as they require the use of a TINY (and I mean tiny) screwdriver or the tool that comes with the compass in order to make the adjustment. The declination scale is hard to read, too. But on the positive side, the adjustment never slips, either.
The reference to dropping? I dropped my MC-2G. At home. On the floor. From appx. 18". And that was enough to "break off" (break the glue joint, really) of one of the little glow in the dark plastic bits. Fortunately, I found it and it can be glued back in place, but it didn't exactly fill me with confidence, either. The compass is otherwise just fine. I'm debating whether I should just paint a line (glow in the dark paint is available in craft stores). One one hand, a compass is a precision tool that needs care. It's out in the open in use, however, and must be able to survive a few knocks. So reluctantly, I have to knock off one star for durability.
I love the global compasses. MUCH less sensitive to being off-level, and the Suuntos settle quickly, too.