Simply the best choice. Okay buying a compass has become a little complicated these days what with all the options and the education you seem to need to understand features like magnetic declination. But you can overcome the education thing thanks to the Internet, but alas… which compass to buy? To make it easy, the answer is the Suunto MC-2 Global Compass. All the things you will learn as you progress from beginner to advanced compass navigator are available in this device. It’s rugged, solid and will work in both hemispheres. It has all the adjustable features you’ll need from a large mirror to printed scales and sighting to a base-plate with anti-slip pads to a luminous bezel ring to declination correction and a clinometer just for good measure. This is a well-made professional instrument, and you’ll need to invest some time to learn how to use it properly. But once you do, you’ll be very happy that you picked Suunto’s MC-2 Global Compass because it will likely be the last compass you’ll ever need.