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You can't use 'I got lost' as an excuse ever again.
The Suunto KB-14 360 RD Hand-Bearing Compass is designed to deliver precise accuracy, but also to be easy to use and ultra-durable. Although it weighs just 115 grams, the KB-14 delivers accuracy to 1/3 of a degree. It's been given a permanent anti-static treatment. The compass card has been immersed in a special dampening fluid that will remain clear forever and maintains a constant viscosity in any temperature. Tough, light, and accurate. What else do you need?
- Accuracy 1/3° for precise location
- Graduation interval 0.5°
- Anodized light-alloy housing for added durability
- Optical adjustment to make reading compass easier
- Damping liquid for smooth, vibration-free operation
- Jeweled bearing for ultra-smooth operation
- Nylon pouch with belt-loop for safe, damage-free carrying
- Lanyard keeps you from dropping compass
- Available for 5 geographic balancing zones: 1) northern hemisphere, 2) northern equatorial zone, 3) southern equatorial zone, 4) southern hemisphere, and 5) Australia, New Zealand, and Antarctica
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- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I use compasses every day in my forestry job and for years I have used a conventional compass and always wondered about these. Finally the other day I tried this and found it really easy to use and very accurate. There are some disadvantages. One is that you cannot adjust declination so need to be able to do simple math, its minus 17 degrees in our area.
It is really easy to keep it level and get a very accurate reading.
Front and back azimuths viewable through lens. Aim it at your target, get your heading, start walking. Even losing sight of your target in thick brush or canopy, you can stay on course. Absolutely no need to adjust your declination with this type of direct-sighting compass. Just not the best compass for map overlays though.
Is every compass functional in each zone...
Is every compass functional in each zone ? Or are there different models?
"Zone" refers to the fact that the north edge of the compass points to the north magnetic pole on the Earth. If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, that happens to be down and through the Earth, so the plane of the compass is weighted to keep it level. It'll still point the right direction no matter where you are, but you may have to tilt it to keep the plane from hitting the housing.
Angus is right, but there are five versions for the five zones. You can tilt and adjust, but the needles are all balanced for their respective global regions. This one is going to be balanced for the Northern Hemisphere.
The lens, sighting features, and accuracy are second to none, but this is way more compass than most people need or are even capable of using for basic navigational purposes.
Here's the manual: