A PREMIUM QUALITY PRECISION COMPASS FOR CONVENIENT DIRECTION TAKING GLOBALLY EVEN IN DEMANDING CONDITIONS THE BASEPLATE COMPASS FOR GLOBETROTTERS The adventure compass. A reliable compass is essential for navigating and surviving in extreme conditions. These hardy baseplate compasses are ready for the challenge. PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS _Fast, globally balanced needle with jewel bearing _Adjustable declination correction _Operable in low light with luminescent markings Bullets change to: Fast globally balanced needle with jewel bearing 20 degrees tilt margin for easier readings Adjustable declination correction. Liquid filled capsule for stable operation. Luminescent markings for working in low light. Baseplate with magnifying lens. Clinometer. Metric and Imperial UTM scales. Detachable snap-lock lanyard with wristlock. Easy to detach for working with the map
I had one of these for 10 years or so which finally broke for no apparent reason. Had to replace it so ordered one here. Unfortunately, the product I received was not what I expected. It did not have a traditional Suunto needle in it, rather it had a plastic cutout with the red and black portions silk-screened on. Also the ruby bearing was not present. Instead it was a gray metal bearing. It did not spin as freely as I'd expect and did take some more time than normal to settle. Everything else about the compass was as expected though. However, I couldn't escape the feeling this was not a genuine Suunto.
Despite the "Globetrotter" description and although the picture above shows the Suunto M-3 G (for "Global") compass and the seller's sticker affixed to the package when it arrived is labeled, "SUUNTO M-3 G Compass, One Size, Universal NH" this compass is actually the Suunto M-3 NH (for "Northern Hemisphere"), which is a nice compass that includes adjustable declination correction, but it is NOT the Suunto M-3 G compass with the globally balanced needle and jewel bearing along with adjustable declination correction that I thought I was buying.
After reading the reviews I was skeptical as they might be sending me the Northern Hemisphere version. That was not the case. The model on the compass base plate clearly states M3 G and so does the supplied literature. Looking at the Suunto product web-site they have indeed changed the global compass needle from the older Orange/White metal pivoting cutout needle to a sort of see through plastic needle with red / black needle with a pivot and where the North red portion is it also has 2 side lines in red running parallel to it. At home I checked it against my other compasses and my M2-G mirror and they both read the same. Also an older Silva and Recta so am happy with it. I checked the needle is free to rotate in all directions and does not get hung up on the inclination pointer which it does not. In short am happy with this compass.
My Suunto M-3 G Compass is defective. It reads 10 degrees off, which when navigating and taking bearings is critical. I verified the error with 3 other compasses and had 2 other knowledgeable persons independently verify the error. I now have a $50 piece of junk.
There seem to be two revisions of this product in circulation. If you read the review about receiving a 'counterfeit' model (and the comments attached), it seems that Suunto has released a new version that has a different jewel bearing and needle. The reviewer returned the newer version, and bought the older version at a retail store.
Read a review from an observant customer who pointed out that the needle and bearing were different on the new Suunto he received through Amazon than his old Suunto compass. After doing a little research on the web and comparing the photos on the Suunto site with the photos posted by the customer I believe Suunto has changed their needle and bearing. I also compared the compass I received and it looks identical to the photos posted by the other customer and the photos on the Suunto web site. I also did a test of how quickly the needle settles and did notice that the new Suunto compasses do settle within a reasonable time they don't settle as fast as the old compasses. Hope that helps.
An excellent compass overall. Very rapid needle settling. Easy turning bezel with just the right amount of friction. It's very forgiving of level. I prefer the centered direction of travel arrow to other models' two arrows (one on each side). Accurate.
One of the first compasses I was given as a gift, by my uncle, when I was a Boy Scout, was a Suunto. I carried a Suunto (my own) in Viêt-Nam in 1968. I have an older version of the KB-14; the best, most durable bearing compass ever made that isn't the size of a brick. I've also owned a number of Silva compasses, which are excellent. But Suunto is a bit better.
Good compass: Works as expected. It is good having a roamer on the compass base plate
This product very easy to use and is very well made