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Racer 500 Left-Thumb Orienteering Compass

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This compass allows you to get your bearings while you run! The thumb-adjusted strap lets you read your map and compass at the same time

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Racer 500 Left-Thumb Orienteering Compass | This compass features a stable, rapid needle, ideal for regular orienteering users

This compass allows you to get your bearings while you run! The thumb-adjusted strap lets you read your map and compass at the same time


Precise and quick needle, balanced for the northern hemisphere


The stability disc allows you to read the compass while running

Easy to transport

Fits on the thumb so that you can read a map and the compass at the same time


The powerful magnet under the needle will speed up its reaction time.

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great bit of kit

I bought this to replace one i lost. Of course, as soon as i bought the replacement the original one turned up. Still it's a nice enough bit of kit for me to happily own a spare / backup. Three only downside was the increase in price between buying the two of them

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Massive bubble

Given as a christmas present - 1 month old - has a massive bubble in it.

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Lovely compass

Really good compass at the price. Grandsons loved it.

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Lovely little compass

Comfortable, robust and settles quickly.

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Thank you for your review Richard.

Good Value

I have had many compasses before. I must say that probably this is best value for money. It lacks a hole to fit a magnifying glass, but I suppose if you eyesight is bad you could choose one that has

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Buy cheap buy twice? This thumb compass was used for orienteering around 10 times - no knocks or falls - and it’s developed a massive air bubble inside the bezel (which means it’s leaking) rendering it completely useless. Don’t buy it. On the other hand, the orienteering gaiters are cheaper by far than any branded ones and I’ve worn them in around 40 brambly events and they’re still going strong.

Hello Patricia !

Really sorry for this inconvenience !

Since 2 years, we never had such a big problem of bubble. You may have a defective product.

I will contact you right now by private message to better identify the problem and to offer you an exchange.

Great to see that you love the gaiters ! Do not hesitate to post a feedback on the product page concerned ;)

Have a nice day !

Louise, product manager and orienteering lover

Louise, passionnée de Course d'Orientation et Raid Aventure Multisport

Great Product

Great Product

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Took time to get use to how to use it, however find it easy to use it for navigation for orbiteering and hiking.

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стабилен и сравнително бърз. за цената си е отличен избор

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dobrý výrobek pro začátečníky a výkonnostní běžce

po roce spokojenost

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Dobrý kompas

Ukazuje přesně, nemá bublinky jako SILVA, který je 4x dražší a bublinky jsem měl u tří nových výrobků. Takže doporučuji ke koupi GEONAUTE z Decathlonu

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Buzola geonaute

Velmi rychle se ustálí, výborná cena, vhodné pro orientační běh, lepší než klasická buzola

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S buzolou jsem maximálně spokojená. Děkuji

S buzolou jsem maximálně spokojená, ráda doporučuji =))

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S předchozí deskovou buzolou se to nedá vůbec srovnat, rychle se ustaluje, dobře se s ní pracuje a za moje kufrování fakt nemůže.

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Muy buena para empezar

Facil de manejar, precisa y muy estable.

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Base: 100.0% Polymethyl Methacrylate ; Carry bag: 100.0% Polyester cationic ; Bra band: 100.0% Polyamide

Why use a compass on the thumb?

There are a number of advantages to thumb carrying as soon as you start running while reading your map and compass.It is easy to read the map and compass simultaneously, since the compass is always in contact with the map. In addition, you can avoid the risk of getting snagged on a branch you face with a traditional cord and, if you fall, carrying a thumb compass means you can keep both hands free!

Rapid and stable needle:

A stable needle will allow you to read your compass while running and thus stay on course!This stability is due to the special construction of the 'pivoting' needle.In addition, a transparent stability disc reduces the unwanted vibrations of the needle, thus making it easy to read while running.Lastly, the powerful magnet you can see under the needle enables a rapid reaction time.

Left or right thumb?

Our advice:In general, right-handers prefer a LEFT-thumb compass and left-handers prefer a RIGHT-thumb compass; they can thus keep their stronger hand free to move branches aside, keep their balance, or carry an electronic pointer to validate the control points. RIGHT-thumb compass: 8552897

Graduations: learn to do mental calculations!

The arrow at the top of the compass can help you find your position more quickly and easily on the map. The arrow is also graduated (3 cm), so you can quickly gauge the distances you will need to travel. ”So, 2 cm on the map, at a scale of 1:15,000, means 30,000 cm, so 300 m! You need to be good at doing sums in your head!”

Oil bath - yes or no?

Rest assured: all Geonaute compasses are filled with viscous oil to ensure optimal performance.

Balancing: can i use my compass all over the world?

This compass is balanced for use in the northern hemisphere.Near the equator, or in the southern hemisphere, our compass will continue to indicate north, but its stability will be affected.

Our tips to ensure your compass lasts

Keep your compass in a place that is neither hot nor cold. Avoid excessively high or low temperatures and changes in pressure: high altitudes in the mountains or transport in the hold of an airplane.After use, store the compass in the small, soft pouch provided to protect it from scratches.

Storage instructions

Your compass comes with a little, soft pouch to protect it from any impacts or scratches during transport.



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