Compasses are relatively simple tools. They're job is essentially is to point you in the right direction and help you measure accurate distances. As such you'd think they're a pretty standardized tool and all fairly similar. Sadly you couldn't be further from the truth. When Tread Gower sends you a kit list for a course we always stress the need for a Silva 4 Expedition Compass. They are the standard in compasses and for £25 will see you through many years of happy adventures. It's not long on a course outing where we're often a handed a compass by a client usually with the words 'here take this piece of ****, I should have bought a Silva!' Here's a couple donated recently by our good humoured bunch. So what's wrong with the cheaper ones available in various outlets? How about .... inaccurate roamers (measuring scales) super loose dials that do not hold a bearing securely, needles that are not magnetically accurate and will not 'settle' because of poor quality oils and fluids, The list is endless. Picture this. You're on a misty ridge. The path you think you've taken doesn't seem right. You decide to take a back bearing to your last known point. You'll pull your 99p compass out and the dial has shifted completely and your original bearing has been lost. A cost saving may now cost you far more dearly. It's just not worth it gang. Get a Silva. And no, sadly, I'm not receiving any commission form Silva!!