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    COmpass

    OK I know its a small part of the total package but there seems to be alot of opinions
    about which one to get. I am going to get one in the next couple of days and would like to know which one to get and the type of mount is the best.

    I am going to get one for me and my buddy (my 13yr son)

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    Although you will get many recommendations for the Suunto, I prefer the Wisdom compass in a wrist mount. It gimbles a bit more easily, the contrast seems to be a bit better and the numbers are more easily read by my aging eyes. The price is better, too!

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    Personally - and this is a personal opinion - I like a direct sight read compass (at least, I THINK thats what its called). When you sight through the side window of the compass (not looking straight down at it) you will be reading the heading you are looking towards, Not the reciprocal as some present. Best to go to a shop and play around with a few.

    Other considerations: Will it be part of your console, or a separate wrist mount?

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    I have heard good things about the Suunto SK7 compass and I have been thinking about getting one myself. Many here like the DSS wrist boot since it is better than the one that Suunto provides. Below is a quote from SB2 that covers this...
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    I have a long hose config. so I dont have a console just a pressure gauge, so its going to be a wrist mount or on a retractable.

    I have heard that the SK7 is the best due to you can tilt it up to 30 degrees.
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    If you plan to top read the Oceanic is very graphic. That makes it nice in dim light and poor visibility since you don't need to read anything.
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    SK7 so you can tilt it without sticking the needle.

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    My only comment is that you should avoid getting one which mounts on the BACK of your console. I started with a mini console that had air/depth on one side and a compass on the back, the problem with that setup was that do maintain depth and heading you had to constantly flip the console over so it was a pain in the butt.

    Apart from that try out a couple of different ones in an LDS and see what you like, just make sure the needle does not stick easily and you can read it easily and you should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt_NJ
    My only comment is that you should avoid getting one which mounts on the BACK of your console. I started with a mini console that had air/depth on one side and a compass on the back, the problem with that setup was that do maintain depth and heading you had to constantly flip the console over so it was a pain in the butt.

    Apart from that try out a couple of different ones in an LDS and see what you like, just make sure the needle does not stick easily and you can read it easily and you should be fine.
    I running that set-up now and it is a tad annoying to be flipping constantly. When I get some new gear I'll opt for a different set-up.

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    OK guys went out and looked at a couple and the SK7 won , you can tilt that sucker alot without the needle sticking.

    Thanks for all the advice

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