From other reviews I always assumed Brunton makes quailty compasses. I just purchased a kayak and wanted a compass for touring. Upon receipt of the compass I noticed it was wet and slimy when I removed it from the packaging. Being a liquid filled compass, the oily liquid had leaked out and the compass was almost empty. While there were noticeable breaks or cracks in the unit, the base is simply sealed with a plastic material. Very disappointed and will probably never purchase another Brunton compass (will stick with Silva and Suunto). This unit goes "back" to "Back"country.