The A30 is your classic base plate compass. Luminous bezel & needle for night navigation, magnifying lens, control marking holes for orienteering and romer scales printed on the base plate. Probably the only compass that most people would ever need.Made from durable, clear, scratch resistant acrylic that has been ergonomically designed to fit into the palm of your hand for optimum ease of use. This light-weight compass features a fixed declination correction scale as well as a patent-pending lanyard snap-lock enabling the compass to be easily detached from the lanyard.
Suunto Compass A-30 L CM Features
- L: Luminous bezel and markings
- CM: Metric map scales
- Zone 1 Northern Hemisphere
- Fixed declination correction scale
- Jewel bearing
- Detachable snap lock lanyard
- Magnifying lens
- Marking holes for drawing control points
- 57 x 110mm
Customer Reviews of Suunto Compass A-30 L CM
This is a good starter compass, if you want a more responsive one, have a look at the Suunto Global version.
Purchased for grandchild who is completing a Duke of Edinburgh award to replace a poor quality compass brought from an outdoor clothing shop. A reasonable price for quality well finished compass, accurate fast acting needle, he had no difficuilty with it and found the luminous bezel and needle a help in low light conditions. I wish I had one when I was in the military some years ago, it would have made life much easier.
Now Suunto will be my first choice for compasses.
I bought this as I own an older Silva compass (not sure of the exact model) but online reviews say it tends to get bubbles if taken above around 800m altitude. As I am heading up to snowdonia in a few weeks I decided to buy one that is in warranty. This is a great compass that feels well built, with clear markings and a luminous needle and bezel for low light conditions. The declination scales are clear though pretty much redundant at the moment in the UK.
The scales along the sides are 80mm, and 2km on 1:25000, the front edge (on mine at least) is 2.5km on 1:50000 and not the 1:15000 scale as shown in the photo, so if you use 1:15000 scale orienteering maps you should check before you buy. I only have os explorers and one landranger for the Isle of Man so not an issue for me. The conversion is easy enough, 1000 (metres) divided by 15000 (scale) gives the answer in metres, then multiply by 100 for cm or 1000 for mm. This shows what 1km is on the map, 66.7mm =1km.
A good compass. It does have a smaller base plate which means taking bearings from a map accurately becomes harder. To be honest if this is what you are seeking there are other compasses with larger base plates which will suit better. I fits nicely into a pocket / hip belt and is perfect for activities like MTB or orienteering / fell running. It is nice to the touch and feels like a quality product and the bezel doesn't look like it will fall apart (when the metal pin comes loose) like other models. Overall I am very happy with my purchase.
Good Compass. Bought this for Silver Duke of Edinburgh excursions. Works well, especially in poor light. Only used it a couple of times but I am a little worried about the quick release lanyard system. As I am not particularly going to detached the cord I have looped it through the hole on the compass for extra security. Would recommend.