Compasses

The following compasses have been owned and used by Hans Sundgren.

Thumb compass Silva Race S JET
Silva compass

Image courtesy: Silva

Technical data

  • Accuracy: ± 1°
  • Needle: Jet Needle
  • Scale: None
  • Friction feet: Rubber
  • Housing type: Fixed, color coded
  • Dimensions: 77×88×11 mm
  • Weight: 26 g

April 2015

Hans gets this compass in exchange of his broken Silva Race 360 JET from Outdoorexperten in Västerås.

Good

  • Color coded ring
  • Stable needle

Bad

  • Expensive
  • No turnable housing.
Thumb compass Silva Race 360 JET
Silva compass

Image courtesy: Silva

Technical data

  • Accuracy: ± 1°
  • Needle: Jet Needle
  • Scale: None
  • Friction feet: Rubber
  • Housing type: Turnable
  • Dimensions: 77×91×12 mm
  • Weight: 31 g

August 2014

Hans' old compass is broken. He has a spare compass but needs a new reliable main compass for the ARDF World Championships in Kazakstahn. He buys this right hand version of the Silva Race 360 Jet at Outdoorexperten in Västerås for 715 SEK

End-of-life: In March 2015 the compass is sent for repair/replacement and Hans gets a new Silva Spectra instead..

Good

  • Turnable housing
  • Stable needle

Bad

  • Expensive
  • When tripping in the forest the housing might get rotated, destroying the bearing.

2015-03-12: Broken compass

During an orienteering competition in Kolsva, Hans is running in the wrong direction. This because the compass needle is stuck in the housing.

Hans returns the compass to Outdoorexperten claiming the 1-year guarantee.

2015-04-17: End of life

Hans picks up a new replacement compass at Outdoorexperten and does not notice that he gets the Silva Race S JET instead. When discovered some days later, he accepts this switch because he likes that color coded compass.

Thumb compass Silva 6 Jet Spectra
Silva compass

Image courtesy: Silva

Technical data

  • Accuracy: No value
  • Needle: No value
  • Scale: 1:15,000 and mm
  • Friction feet: Rubber
  • Housing type: Fixed
  • Dimensions: xx×xx×xx mm
  • Weight: 28 g

August 201X

Xxxxxx

Good

  • Easy to use, no turning of housing
  • Color coding

Bad

  • Cannot be used for exact bearings
  • Strap aging.