When venturing out onto more featureless terrain a sighting compass allows far more accurate bearings to be taken over long distances. This is because the mirror allows the compass needle to be seen as you hold up the compass while aligning the notch in the top to the distant feature. The Suunto MC-2 compass benefits from a large clear needle that sits in a liquid-filled housing with grips on the outside for easy use with gloves. There is a long straight edge to the base plate for setting the compass too, and the mirror is nice and large to make it easy to see the compass. The Suunto MC-2’s special features include the ability to adjust the declination correction scale and a clinometer to measure angles of slopes. The Romer scales are available as metric or imperial depending on the model, but don’t include the 1:40,000 option.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2014