Review By Camper / 5 months ago — Compasses
I would like to note that I did not receive the MC-2GIn/USGS version with the 1:24k Romer scale, which was the version advertised in the listing. What I received was the metric version with the 1:25k and 1:50k Romer scales. If you’re looking to purchase this compass, please be aware that there are three versions of this compass. It’s helpful to know what you are purchasing, even though in my case I still received the “wrong” compass than what was advertised in the listing.The three versions of the MC-2G are as follows:
1) The metric version (SS004252010) with Romer scales are 1:25k and 1:50k. Centimeters listed along the left side of the compass, and inches broken down into 1/20th on the right side. This is the compass I received.2) The USGS/Inch version (SS014891000.) with 1:24k Romer scale for use with 7.5 minute/1:24k USGS topo maps. This is the one I thought I was purchasing based on the listing.3) The mils scale version (SS016326000).
I haven’t frequently used 1:50k maps since my military days, but even though I received the wrong model of the MC-2G with 1:25k and 1:50k Romer scales, I’m well-versed in land nav/using a map and compass, including MGRS, so the metric version is just fine and in no way impacts the overall functionality of the compass when using a 7.5 topo. Having the 1:25k and 1:50 Romers referenced vs. not having 1:24k Romer referenced on this particular model is not a huge issue and definitely not as important as knowing how to properly use a compass and map together. And since this metric version does have an inch ruler broken down into 1/20ths (nice feature) along the right side of the compass, you can still deal quite easily with a 7.5 minute topos based on 1-inch = 2,000 feet, which is the scale of a 1:24k/7.5 minute Topo map.
There are a few cons I’d like to point out based on initial use:1) One of the rubber feet on the back of the base plate does not protrude like the other two. This must be a manufacturer defect.2) Too much force is required to snap the lid shut, so much that I thought I would damage the the compass snapping the lid. I’ll just close the compass when not in use, but will not snap the lid shut.3) The plastic lanyard attachment is concerning. The design is flawed and doesn’t give me warm fuzzies that the lanyard attachment will keep the compass attached to the lanyard in the long run. I’ve decided not to use the lanyard attachment and instead have attached the lanyard directly to the compass with a larks head knot. Now I don’t need to worry about the lanyard detaching from the compass.
All in all, this compass was a great buy and I like it. Having the 1:24k Romer scale referenced would have been nice given I primarily use 7.5 topos for back country excursions, but the 1:24k scale is definitely not essential if you’re familiar with land nav and using a map and compass. And for me, it’s not a big enough deal breaker and worth the hassle to return it for the USGS version. I still use an MGRS Coordinate Grid reader/plotter, which references several map scales, including 1:24k. So, receiving the metric vs. the USGS version of this compass isn’t a deal breaker for me, but may be for a buyer who really just wants a compass designed for 7.5minute/1:24k USGS topo maps.
If you’re looking for a great compass with all the bells, whistles, and luxuries you’ll ever need, look no further than the MC-2G. However, be prepared to potentially deal with a few flaws like those I’ve pointed out.
It will only work on dark materials…
idk if its cause im a lil high or what but that intro was dope and hell!
I would not have thought the small magnifying glass on the Suunto compass would be capable of starting a fire. Thank you very much for the demonstration.
So many little things that make starting a fire easier, the more videos I watch of yours the more similarities I see. Which makes a lot of sense, char cloth, tinder bundle etc…mis en place. Have it all ready ahead of time to be successful.
Can this compass work in Australia? Thanks
what's the price rage of the Shuunto compass is affordable to someone with not a lot of money? I'm going be starting my you tube channel soon I'd like to have more than a button compass which is what I'm using now.hey you use what you can afford . good video thank you
Great video! I am familiar with Suunto watches but I did not know they made compasses. Real question though, how good is the compass? I shy away from cheap compasses because I do not think they are quality items. Would you use this on a Land Nav course?
Never thought about the small magnifying area on a compass. Good tip!
I have the same compass and got the same results. It does work better with char cloth than uncharred tinder. Great video, as usual.
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