Brunton Eclipse Adventure Racing Compass

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Brunton Eclipse Adventure Racing Compass

The firstborn compass built quintessentially for adventure racers. The patented circle-over-circle system ives this compass Eclipse® status, and the UTM roamer scales take this tool to the next level. It’s also the perfective GPS companion. Now features the strongest, most powerful magnet available. “It’s having little impact to read while walking … smart special line of work details.” – Backpacker Magazine. Limited Lifetime Warranty. Contact us for Customer Service, Technical and any other question at 1-800-443-4871 (or) support@brunton.com

Take the versatile Brunton 8096 Eclipse compass with you into the backcountry as a associate to a GPS receiver. This needleless base-plate compass provides UTM roamer scales with selfassurance circles and template scales to pay for GPS inaccuracies. Other features include a map magnifier, circle-over-circle alignment system, and magnified readout with 1-degree graduations. The reversible inch/mm slide scale ensures precise navigation.

This compass is declination adaptable with a NdFeB disk magnet and sapphire-jeweled bearing. The Eclipse 8096 is waterproof, measures 5.125 by 2.75 by 0.44 inches and weighs 1.7 ounces. It comes with a wrist lanyard and a fixed lifetime warranty.


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful.
3Great features, questionable durability and support
By Will Murphy
Prior reviewers have done a good job describing the many nice features of this compass. It has a declination adjustment, the markings on the compass ring are to one degree. It has UTM tools for 5 different scales and 5 different radius rings for marking targets on a map. It has a small ruled (3 inches) straight edge that has metric on the back. It comes with a short lanyard. Unlike some similar Brunton compasses, it does not include a whistle. The “circle in circle” design makes following a bearing about as easy as a compass can make it.

However, the very first time I raced with the compass, all the UTM markings washed off of it. So did the blue circle on the base plate, making the “circle in circle” feature hard to use, impossible in low light.

I contacted Brunton about the problem and did not get any response, not even the courtesy of acknowledging the feedback on their product.

Then I set down my pack on a hard surface and the compass came out of the base plate. I was able to replace it, but it didn’t inspire confidence.

I really like the features this compass offers, but have been disappointed with the durability, particularly of the markings, and the lack of response from the manufacturer. If they get back to me, I will edit this entry.

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
4Good all around compass
By R. Wagner
I purchased this compass because I like the way Brunton uses the circle in a circle method to align the compass and because it has built in scales for UTM grids. This is a good compass to use if you are using paper maps with a GPS. The scales work on 1:24k Topo maps available from the USGS as well as military 1:50k maps. The built in ruler is reversible for English or metric measurement. It also is adjustable for declination. A separate ruler/scale is included to allow you to determine Lat/Long on maps as well. This is a good general purpose compass for someone who wants to be able to work with Topo maps and a GPS.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
4Good Compass, a couple of flaws
By D. Williams
I bought this compass for adventure racing. I really like the circle in circle orientation method…that’s what makes is worth $20. That one feature significantly reduces the common-when-tired navigational error of mistaking the north end of the needle for the south. I also like the magnification on the bezel that allows one to imagine that one is orienteering to 1 degree of accuracy. When one is tired, at night, those large magnified numbers are great!

In practical use, I would like to see a few different features.

1) Rather than an ergonomic baseplate, set up I guess for holding the compass in the left hand, I’d rather have two straight sides for more convenient map use. When one has one’s map folded small to hold in one hand…in say a 3″ wide by 6″ tall rectangle, working with just one straight side near the top of the map is inconvenient.

2) Brunton’s little red orienting lines are printed on the white bezel. They are really short and far apart and hard to see when trying to line them up with map grid lines. I much prefer orienting lines that run across the bottom of the liquid filled housing. This makes for a much easier time orienting the bezel with the map accurately.

3) I think for an adventure racing compass, Brunton could get rid of the GPS estimated error circles. Those are legacy feature from the Brunton GPS compass. By the rules current in adventure racing today, GPS is illegal for race use, so those are unnecessary. They don’t hurt anything, but neither do they add anything useful in my view.

A previous reviewer complained that the compass housing/capsule snapped out of the baseplate when dropped hard. I’ve had this happen, too. In that moment it’s scary, but the thing snaps back together pretty easily. In fact this is a good feature since grit gets between the baseplate and compass housing making it difficult to turn. One can snap the housing out, wipe off the grit and snap it back together for much freer movement.

This compass is not perfect, but it is a really good compass for adventure racing and general use.

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