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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?

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

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

“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
$16

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