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Suunto Woodsman A-30L Compass

Item #: 21836

Our Price: $17.98

Regular Price: $22.50

SAVINGS: $4.52 (21%)

The Woodsman is a hiking and orienteering compass with a luminous bezel and ergonomically designed baseplate that fits comfortably in your hand.

  • Magnifying lens for easier map reading and declination scale.
  • Triangular and round holes for orienteering and marking.
  • Luminous markings.
  • Fixed declination correction scale.
  • Sapphire jeweled bearing.
  • Liquid filled for steady needle.
  • Water resistant printing for longer life.
  • Self-cleaning capsule bearing.
  • Tungsten steel needle.
  • Easy-to-read clear numbers.
  • Dial with 2 degree increments.
  • Temperature range from -40° F to 140° F.
  • Size: 2.2in. x 4.3in.
  • Weight: 1.1oz.

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Suunto Woodsman A-30L Compass
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (13)
  • Reliable (9)
  • Simple controls (9)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backcountry camping (13)
    • Day trip (9)
    • Survival (9)
    • Camping (6)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Outdoor enthusiast (11), Avid adventurer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    Reviewed by 14 customers

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    5.0

    Compass

    By Noharm

    from Tennessee

    About Me Bad With Directions

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Reliable Performance
    • Strong Construction
    • Waterproof

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backcountry Camping
      • Survival

      Comments about Suunto Woodsman A-30L Compass:

      Its a compass

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      5.0

      good inexpensive compass

      By just an average joe

      from florida

      About Me Outdoor Enthusiast

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Simple Controls
      • Strong Construction
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backcountry Camping
        • Day Trips
        • Survival

        Comments about Suunto Woodsman A-30L Compass:

        very good compass. good to have as a backup to one's gps.

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        • No

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        5.0

        This compass has it all.

        By pdc114

        from Jersey

        About Me Outdoor Enthusiast

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Reliable Performance
        • Simple Controls
        • Simple to use
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backcountry Camping
          • Day Trips

          Comments about Suunto Woodsman A-30L Compass:

          Great tool, I will not go hiking with out this compass.
          The magnifier, colors, print, and size make this compass simple to use.

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          5.0

          Light in the Dark

          By CK

          from New Orleans, LA

          About Me Outdoor Enthusiast, Trail Blazer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Flat Map Orientation
          • Glow Point Bezel
          • Reliable Performance
          • Simple Controls

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backcountry Camping
            • Orienteering Training
            • Survival

            Comments about Suunto Woodsman A-30L Compass:

            This is the only compass on the market that has a solar glow in the dark bezel, or flashlight power. Helps to find your way if your trip is long and you lose light.

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            5.0

            Nice compass!

            By Alan

            from Cleveland, OH

            About Me Gearhead, Outdoor Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Reliable Performance
            • Simple Controls
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Suunto Woodsman A-30L Compass:

                Very fast to stabilize, and the needle holds well (a little more so than our Silvas, even). Plenty of luminous markers where you'd want them. Easy to see the line under the 2 degree ticks in the ring. Fits well in the hand with enough length to know it's level.

                Only con is non-adjustable declination -- no surprise though, and not a problem.

                Purchased for our older Cub Scouts (Webelos) heading into Boy Scouts, and they're sure to get good use from these.

                A great (!) value, and superb service through Campmor, as always.

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                5.0

                Great value.

                By pdc114

                from Jersey

                About Me Outdoor Enthusiast

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Colors Read Easy
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Magnifying Feature
                • Simple Controls
                • Simple to use
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backcountry Camping
                  • Campgrounds
                  • Day Trips
                  • Mapping
                  • Use As You Walk

                  Comments about Suunto Woodsman A-30L Compass:

                  Scout orienteering projects.
                  Walks in the woods.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Nice, but Could Use Better Instructions

                  By /TC

                  from State College, PA

                  About Me Outdoor Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Easy to use
                  • Glow in the dark
                  • Reliable Performance
                  • Simple Controls
                  • Smart Design

                  Cons

                  • Very Limited Instructions

                  Best Uses

                  • Backcountry Camping
                  • Day Trips
                  • Education
                  • Orienteering
                  • River Trips
                  • Survival

                  Comments about Suunto Woodsman A-30L Compass:

                  This is a good, basic, reliable orienteering compass. There are several nice features like the luminescent bezel and pointers, the magnifying glass and the design of the upturned curve at the back of the base and the lanyard attachment that, once you figure it out, allows the compass to remain flat and facing forward when worn around your neck.

                  Unfortunately there are no instructions indicating how to install said lanyard clip, not even a picture or diagram. The clip is small and insecurely package so its all to easy to lose it while trying to figure it out by trial and error.

                  The short description of orienteering and declination correction is surprisingly good considering it has been translated into 7-8 languages, but would it have been all that difficult to include at least SOME assembly instructions? The picture on the Campmor web site was more helpful than anything included in the box.

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                  5.0

                  Compass W/ Magnifying Lense

                  By ValuedCustomer

                  from NC

                  About Me Bad With Directions, Outdoor Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Compact
                  • Reliable Performance
                  • Simple Controls

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backcountry Camping
                    • Campgrounds
                    • Road Trips
                    • Survival

                    Comments about Suunto Woodsman A-30L Compass:

                    I own two now. Its a very accurate compass first and foremost. Too few people discuss the built in magnifyer. Emergency fire anyone? Keep it in mind. Backpacking taught me the need for redundancies.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Tells you which way is North

                    By MarchofPies

                    from San Hose, CA

                    About Me Avid Adventurer, Outdoor Enthusiast, Ruggedly handsome

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Long Battery Life
                    • Reliable Performance
                    • Simple Controls
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Waterproof

                    Cons

                    • Sharp edges

                    Best Uses

                    • Backcountry Camping
                    • Campgrounds
                    • Day Trips
                    • Orienteering
                    • River Trips
                    • Road Trips
                    • Survival

                    Comments about Suunto Woodsman A-30L Compass:

                    This compass is totally awesome! It totally let me know which way was North when I was on a hike along the Lost Coast Trail... I would totally have been lost if it weren't for Suunto's superior Swedish know-how in all things involving precise measure... or is that the Swiss? Either way, this compass is SPOT ON! I lost my bearings when heading down the Lightning Trail, I was partially blinded by the setting sun and couldn't find my way back to camp, all I knew was that it was North... I thought I was a goner until I remembered the hard plastic, sharp cornered necklace I was wearing... I simply placed it in the palm of my hand and VOILA! The red arrow pointed me back towards my camp! Thank you Suunto!

                    Just like my trusty Volvo and Morakniv, the Swedes again have created a durable, simple, and accurate product.

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                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Not pleased

                    By Peakbaggertoo

                    from NJ

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate

                    Cons

                    • Sluggish

                    Best Uses

                    • Backcountry Camping

                    Comments about Suunto Woodsman A-30L Compass:

                    I prefer the simple baseplace compass like this one for off trail hiking. I've owned at least 6 compases over the years and wore out several of them. I have used Silva and Suunto compasses of this type. After a 3 day off trail backpack trip that required hours of use of this specific compass, I am less than pleased. It seems that the needle movement is sluggish and very sensitive to the compass being held horizontal- more so than all previous compasses I've used. While I've owned and used the Suunto Partner in the past and did not expereince this problem, I'm considering buying a Silva to replace this compass.

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                    • Q:

                      is this compass made in u.s.a.
                      Asked on 2/6/2013 by walker from hatboro,pa.

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        The Suunto Woodsman A-30L Compass is made in Finland.

                        Answered on 2/7/2013 by Steve from Campmor
                    • Q:

                      The scales on base in metric or imperial ?
                      Asked on 6/12/2012 by Anonymous

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        The scale measurements are given in centimeters and inches.

                        Answered on 6/16/2012 by Bob from Campmor
                    • Q:

                      does this compass Suunto Woodsman A-30 come with a lanyard? If not, please recomend on that goes around a neck.
                      Asked on 4/15/2012 by Dave from Boise Idaho

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        This comes with a lanyard.

                        Answered on 4/17/2012 by Betty
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