The Best Compass for Hiking: Suunto MC-2 Global

Since I was a kid, it’s been droned into me to carry a map and compass in the outdoors, even if it’s a backup for GPS. What’s the least I can get away with?

Jun 7, 2013
Outside Magazine

   Photo:Image courtesy Suunto


With the MC-2 Global, Suunto solves the hassle of buying a different compass if you’re leaving North America. Its needle stays balanced no matter what latitude you travel to. Other upscale features include a jeweled bearing (like in a mechanical watch) to keep the needle turning smoothly, magnifying glass, and big mirror. “A mirror is helpful so that you can hold the compass straight in front while you walk, making sure you’ve still boxed the needle,” says Grignon. “It can also be used a signal mirror, and most of all, it’s super handy to check your look in the wilderness.”

Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.5 inches
Weight: 2.6 ounces

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