Brunton pin on compass (new model)

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These look like the older model one. (yellow).
Probably always made in China. You cant build molded plastic manufactured goods in the U.S. and sell them for $5 to $10. You'd have to sell them for $50 a piece if they were made here. We are a victim of our relatively high standard of living (cost of living) and our insatiable appetite for cheap stuff. The manufacturers are simply delivering goods that there are a market for.
 

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Email sent yesterday. I was told that "authorized dealers" shouldn't be selling on eBay or Amazon. I was also told to give my address and phone number to return them. I haven't heard anything back since.

Imagine if we still lived in the era that I could've walked in to a store, noticed they weren't right and gone to another store? Hard to believe those are "the good ol days".
 

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Probably always made in China. You cant build molded plastic manufactured goods in the U.S. and sell them for $5 to $10. You'd have to sell them for $50 a piece if they were made here. We are a victim of our relatively high standard of living (cost of living) and our insatiable appetite for cheap stuff. The manufacturers are simply delivering goods that there are a market for.
Maybe so, but they were real decent for a long time, now they're junk. I would still think the company (Brunton) contracting the work over seas would have a standard of product they'd want to maintain.
 

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Maybe so, but they were real decent for a long time, now they're junk. I would still think the company (Brunton) contracting the work over seas would have a standard of product they'd want to maintain.
True enough!
 

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who made the compass that you were getting a bad reading from? Is the replacement from the same company?

I use the small pin ons simply as a general idea that the truck is X, I'll walk X. To this road is Y, I'll walk Y. I'm not sending mortar coordinates with it. I carry a larger style compass in my pack as well, but It's just simply easier to glance down and quickly peak to see I'm still traveling the direction I desired with this compass rather than stop , take It out of my pocket, make sure it's flat , then proceed with my hunt.

With all that being said, it's the reason I've always used Brunton. I've had every other brand and they've seemed to stick, not be true, evaporate over the summer. I'm not talking about a 5 year experiment with this. I've had one of these compasses pinned on a jacket, shirt or vest since I was a teenager. It works for me and keeps me from getting turned around or lost.

The thread was designed for knowledge to those have also used these compasses for years. A compass being a piece of shit, or not dependable is as scary as using a rubber that might double as a spaghetti colander . The moral of the post, I'm not impressed with Brunton's new line of pin on compasses . For those of you who use them, you saw the picture, you know the difference between the old and new style.

I have 3 or 4 o these as well.


The replacement was identical to the one I sent back, but it worked. I decided to stick with Silva because I've had good luck with them in the past. Nice heavy oil with a smooth movement. The one I originally received could be coaxed into pointing north, but there was no guarantee. It had also been opened, so it should have never been sent to begin with. (Whoever opened it sent it back for a reason!) Needle tended to stick, something I hope to avoid.

This was a panic order. My go-to compass, also a Silva, formed a tiny bubble and I figured it was the beginning of the end, so I ordered a replacement. The original compass' bubble has since disappeared, so the new compass is simply a backup.

Sounds like our use cases are different. I use mine chiefly to locate cameras and other points on my property, not so much to prevent getting lost, so precision is important, especially if I'm coming from a new approach. Getting out is never a problem. My newest piece is essentially a rectangle, so no matter my position, if I walk course X degrees, I will get to the road.
 

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I try my damnest to not buy anything Chinese with my disposal income

Screw em
Unfortunately, other than food it’s almost impossible. TAA compliant products are few and far now. Wait until they get their wish and a majority of the cars are battery. They’ll have us on our knees.
 

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Brunton gave me the option of sending back the POS's that I bought. Me covering the shipping of course. I'm not going to bother. Maybe I'll give the Silva brand a try.
 

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Brunton gave me the option of sending back the POS's that I bought. Me covering the shipping of course. I'm not going to bother. Maybe I'll give the Silva brand a try.
Hope you don't hate me (more) if the Silva compasses disappoint. Apart from the pre-opened one, I've loved all of them.
 

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Not trying to be a smart ass but, how about OnX?? The offline maps seem to still be fairly accurate. You’d probably want to carry a spare power bar though. Hal seemed to like it.
 

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I've had onx on my phone for a few years doesn't seem to use much battery juice.
I used it in Ohio where they don’t have property lines marked but you still need written permission to hunt private land. It was pretty much spit on even without a cell signal.
 

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I've had onx on my phone for a few years doesn't seem to use much battery juice.
You just have to download the maps/areas you need to use them “offline”
I have used OnX now for years.
 

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Ct. is the same as Ohio , you need writen permission to hunt private land for deer and turkey. It's nice to add waypoints also.
 




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