I was dismayed to discover that my compass is gubbed. The window has cracked and some of the magnetic liquid has leaked out leaving the clock hands inside catching the big bubble and pointing at the wrong time.
I’ve had this Silva Type 4/54 for years and years and it’s been on every trip that’s been on this blog as well as those that haven’t since the 90’s probably. It’s big, but great with gloves, clear to read with scales a-gogo to use with maps a-plenty. That’s enough with the hyphens.
I don’t have another compass, so it’s time to have a look at what’s out there. Silva, Suunto, Recta, the choice is, well, rather uninteresting really. I still want a large baseplate, the pink lanyard will stay (dead easy to find in my pack lid) but apart from that I don’t care, it’s just such a dull bit of kit. And yet vital, how annoying.