View Full Version : Which Compass set up

08-26-2007, 07:56
which compass rig would you go with?


or this clip version ( I don't want it on my wrist)

08-26-2007, 08:12
go with Suunto SK7, the first picture. you can also get the same compass as a wrist version.

08-26-2007, 08:16
i have the aeris compass on a 3 gauge console

08-26-2007, 08:17
oops I ment to put the picture of the sk7 which I can clip up. I am going with the sunnto here is a pic of that.

08-26-2007, 08:28
If your doing serious work with a compass go with the retractor.
Make sure you read the other posts on this board re the Northern and Southern Hemisphere compasses and 6 degree variance. (apparently)

Suunto compass is the best.


08-26-2007, 09:34
Yeah suunto has 5 different calibration zones

They are both from the us but I don't know if they have a marking on them to tell me where they are calibrated for...maybe someone with one can look for me. :smiley20:

08-27-2007, 07:29
For me I would go with the hose mount instead of the retractor- I have always had my compss in my console-I guess its just habit now.

08-27-2007, 12:14
Why did you decide not to go with the compass/slate combination, I have been seeing around? I am trying to decide on a compass also. thanks

08-27-2007, 12:21
I want the sk7 for accurate navs. It's easier to hold if you have the retractor set up. some people like the wrist but I want a little more flexibility. it will be worth th $100 for this set up. +/- 30 tilt capability is great. its hard to tell if you are holding it flat. think about reference points....a sloping bottom, yourself (are you sure you are flat), your buddy (are you sure they are flat), the surface (if you can figure out how that would work you are amazing. :smiley20:

08-27-2007, 13:12
Buy the SK7 and put it either on your wrist or as part of your console - otherwise it is just one more thing dangling off of you.

If on the wrist buy the cheapest version you can find and then mount it on DDS mount which is much lower profile than the Suunto wrist mount.

08-27-2007, 13:15
Add another vote for the DSS mount. A great $12 addition to an already great compass.


08-27-2007, 14:13
I have my SK7 on my Cobra. To be honest I sometimes find it a bit hard to use. If I had it to do over again I would have given more thought to the retractor.

08-27-2007, 18:25
I tried the SK7 (wrist option) and it's really a good compass compared with the others I tried. However, I agree with the others, if I buy one some day, I'll used the DSS mount.

08-27-2007, 19:17
I recently had the same dilemma. I used both the wrist and the retractor, and decided to get the Sk-7 retractor. I found it was easier to keep a heading and keep the compass centered with the retactor

08-30-2007, 12:46
I use the SK7 as the end unit on my console with my Vyper and SPG. The whole console then is attached with a retractor to the lower left D ring on my BC. Works great, always out of the way, yet easily accessible when needed. I can then use my wrist for a light, camera, etc.

09-01-2007, 08:15
If you get the retractable version of the SK7, do you still need to get the DSS mount?
Or is that just for the wrist mount?


09-01-2007, 09:04
I just got an sk7 on ebay with retractor for $70....I am so happy. I might just hook it to my beltloops and take headings in my backyard....lol