The Best Compass for Hiking: Silva Polaris (Hi-Vis)

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?

Silva Polaris (Hi-Vis)     Photo: Image courtesy Silva

A:“I personally prefer Silva,” says Outward Bound’s Grignon. “They’re cheap, and they tend to hold up well over time.” This new model alters the classic design slightly by adding a high visibility dial. Basic features include the declination scale for quick adjustment, and the 1:24,000 scale which you can lay over many USGS topo maps to help calculate distance to the campsite.

Dimensions: 2.0 by 4.0 inches
Weight: 1.0 ounces

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