Hi Gear Map Compass (2014)

If money is really tight then the Hi Gear Map Compass will point you in the right direction. It has a smaller base plate than higher-priced compasses, which makes it more difficult to use when setting the compass between two points that are widely spaced. There is a 1:25,000 and a 1:63,360 (mile) scale marking for measuring distances from maps. The needle sits inside a smaller housing than the higher-priced compasses, which makes it a little harder to use. Also the degree markings are further away from the needle point than some, which again just makes it less accurate to use. The housing can also be rotated a little too easily, so once set the bearing might change if you are not careful about how you handle the compass. But ultimately the Hi Gear Map Compass does have a needle that points to magnetic north so it will help you find your way.

Size 8.6x6.0x1.0cm
Weight 22g

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2014