Silva Expedition 4
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The Expedition 4 is the classic compass from Silva and probably the best selling navigation tool in the world. Attend any navigation course in the UK and the Silva Expedition 4 will be recommended and used. The base of the compass is long for ease of use and the romer copes with 1:25k, 1:50k and 1:63k.
Silva Expedition 4 Reviews
Reviewed by Barry Hughes (Invergordon) on 2005-12-14:
General comments: This is almost all you could need in a compass in the UK hills . I've had mine about 18 years now and it has never let me down - unlike my own judgement. As a kid I was taught how to navigate with this compass and it has coped with everything since . This compass is clearly laid out and even relatively inexperienced users should be happy navigating with it . The roamers and the ruler are clear and straight forward to use . There is nothing on this compass that doesn't need to be there and the only time I've felt any jealousy was when my mate showed me his compass with an in built inclinometer which would help assessing avalanche risk . I can't remember what compass his was or even if the inclinometer was built in or was an add on.
The Silva is a durable compass as my 18 year old model will testify to. From being abused by an eager kid to being thrown in the bottom of various cupboards for months or years at a time . It has been back in regular use for the last 7 years and the only glitch is a bubble in the needle housing . This doesn't appear to affect the accuracy but I believe Silva will refill the liquid minus the bubble for a small fee if I ever feel the urge.
Pros: Easy to read and understand , very durable
Cons: I still want that inclinometer on the back
Reviewed by Tom Blincoe (Southampton) on 2006-04-13:
General comments: I've just finished a 50 mile walk over a weekend on dartmoor with this compass and i have to say it was invaluable. The large baseplate really helps with taking more accurate long bearings and the 1:25 000 scale is useful for quick calculation of distances. Ever since i started walking i have used Silva compasses, i just don't trust the accuracy of any others. The declination adjustment is not an essential feature, but it means you don't have to add or subtract every time you take a bearing. All in all a quality compass and not too expensive for a piece of kit that will last you your entire life.
Pros: Accurate, Large baseplate makes for easy reading. Sticky feet stop it falling off laminated maps. Industry standard compass...jv
Cons: The large basplate may no be to everyones liking, and it doesnt come in a range of pretty colours!
Reviewed by Tim (Ireland) on 2010-05-17:
General comments: I have used this compass for a couple of months now and find it excellent. I've had the Field 7 compass for a few years and needed to upgrade for a navigation course. The Expedition 4 has some great features,3 roamers,a powerful magnifier and inches and centimetre rulers.The luminous markings work well at a glance when using with a headtorch for night nav. The bezel is clear and turns nicely while also being tight enough to keep your bearing in your pocket when moving. The markings in the capsule are handy for lining up with the grid,while the grips on the base keep it in place.The Compass is a nice size in use fitting squarely in your palm.Overall a practical design with the right amount of features at a competitive price.
Pros: Clear to read and easy to use. 3 roamers and a good magnifier. Long baseplate/decent size.
Cons: No faults really, take care not to scratch/wear away the numbers on the bezel.
Reviewed by John Mortimer (Glencoe) on 2011-06-24:
General comments: This is my second Expedition 4. The first is still going strong after 12 years so I have handed it on to my wife!
It is ideal for general hill walking in the UK.
I purchased online from mapandcompass.co.uk - excellent service and price.
Pros: Easy to use, robust and compact