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Yes, You Still Need a Compass. This One Is Great, and Affordable

Your phone might have a handy Maps app, but a compass is still an essential backup for outdoor adventuring.


Sure, the Google Maps app on your phone pinpoint your exact location within seconds, but when there’s no service available or your battery dies, there’s no stand-in for a good old fashioned compass. On its own, a compass will show where North, South and every direction between are. Paired with a map (and some knowledge — REI has a great guide on how to use a compass), a compass acts just like that app on your phone. It’s a smart thing to keep in your hiking backpack for those just-in-case moments, and right now a great one from Suunto, a brand known for its high-end GPS watches, is on sale at Massdrop for 42 percent off.

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