Outfitter: Silva Nor Spectra compass Designed for orienteering and cross-country skiing, the 26-gram thumb compass has a toughened body and rapid needle settle time

Survivalists will tell you that in a fix, you can make a rudimentary compass by rubbing a pin against a magnet, attaching it to a cork and floating the cork in water, whereby the pin will point north. But that’s not hugely practical, so Swedish adventure company Silva has a better solution: the Nor Spectra. Designed for outdoor sports such as orienteering and cross-country skiing, the 26-gram thumb compass has a toughened body, a rapid needle settle time and is transparent to aid map reading. The colour-coded Spectra System also allows headings to be easily followed on the move. No survivalist skills required…

Silva's Nor Spectra skiing and orienteering compass


Photography: Sam Armstrong

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