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Silva Explorer Type 3 Compass

Item #: 81196

Our Price: $21.99

The Explorer features an ergonomically designed base plate that fits your hand. The extended base plate has inch and 1/10 mile direct reading scales for U.S.G.S. 1:24,000 and 1:62,500 maps plus a magnifier for reading details. It also has a declination scale for quick adjustment of map bearings to field headings, 2 degree dial graduations, a lanyard, and a red North at 360 degrees with red orienting arrow for a 'Red to North Red' needle match.

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Silva Explorer Type 3 Compass
 
4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Accurate (3)
  • Easy to set up (3)
  • Simple controls (3)
  • Strong construction (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Day trip (4)
    • Survival (4)
    • Backcountry camping (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Outdoor enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    3.0

    Works fine until it gets a bubble

    By Kazesim

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Outdoor Enthusiast

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Day Trips

        Comments about Silva Explorer Type 3 Compass:

        I got one of these a few years ago (at least I'm pretty sure it's the same one). It's a pretty straightforward map compass, it points north, there's nothing else to really say about it. Mine got a bubble after a year or two, it's been maybe another two years since then and the bubble is almost as big as the dial, so the needle floats in air and tends to stop in a different place each time you move the compass. I replaced it with a Cammenga and a protractor since I'm going more for durability.

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        5.0

        Great compass!

        By ceramicsguy

        from PA

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

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              Comments about Silva Explorer Type 3 Compass:

              This is a very nice compass. It's much nicer than my old one. I use compasses to align TV antennas.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Perfect for squirrel and deer hunting

              By South Carolina Hunter

              from Lexington, sC

              About Me Hunter, Hydraulic Engineer, Hydrologist, Martial Artist - Aikido, Programmer, Statistician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Hunting

                  Comments about Silva Explorer Type 3 Compass:

                  Mostly, I use this model compass in the National Forests of South Carolina for finding my way down into the woods while deer and squirrel hunting, and getting back to the road, sometimes in the night. Sometimes make hand drawn maps of what kinds of trees are in the woods and where I found and shot game. Compass is ideal for this, and for use in conjunction with topo maps. Lasts 20 + years.

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                  5.0

                  Great for Scouts first compass

                  By DW

                  from Chesterfield, Ma

                  About Me Outdoor Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Simple Controls
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Waterproof

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Silva Explorer Type 3 Compass:

                    Great for Scouts!

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                    • No

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Replaced one that broke

                    By JT

                    from Oregon

                    About Me County Search and Rescue

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Almost always reliable
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Waterproof

                    Cons

                    • Had one fail on me

                    Best Uses

                    • Land Navigation
                    • Survival

                    Comments about Silva Explorer Type 3 Compass:

                    While on a SAR mission I noted my compass had an air bubble in it. The band securing the needle had broken allowing air in. I've used SILVAs in all temperatures and altitudes and never had one break before. I hope the replacement holds up. The moral of this story is always back up crucial gear.

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    When South is North

                    By A Knight who sayes NEAT!

                    from Harrisonburg, VA

                    About Me Likes to be outdoors

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Functional
                    • Lanyard ~ a good length
                    • Reliable Performance
                    • Simple Controls

                    Cons

                    • None really

                    Best Uses

                    • Backcountry Camping
                    • Day Trips
                    • General Orienteering
                    • Survival

                    Comments about Silva Explorer Type 3 Compass:

                    I bought 2; one for my son who in Boy Scouts and one for my personall outdoor use. [...] We were going through the process of demonstrating how to orient a map with a compass and it just didnt match the landscape. the map was opposite. It appears that the polarity of one of the compass' magnetic needle had been reversed [...]. A few seconds of us all looking a two new compass' with their north needels pointing in oposite directins was cause for a good laugh, but a word to the wise. Make sure to check ALL your gear before you head out and really need to use it.

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                    5.0

                    Great compass

                    By Mike

                    from NY, NY

                    About Me Avid Adventurer, Outdoor Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Silva Explorer Type 3 Compass:

                      This is a great compass. Well worth the money.

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                      • Q:

                        where is this made in?
                        Asked on 1/3/2013 by dsouza from kauai

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                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          The Silva Explorer Type 3 Compass is made in Indonesia.

                          Answered on 1/10/2013 by Steve from Campmor
                      • Q:

                        CLEAR BASE PLATE ?
                        Asked on 1/26/2012 by FRY from NJ

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          The base plate is clear.

                          Answered on 1/27/2012 by Steve from Campmor
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