BruntonTruArc 20 Compass

A professional-grade compass for the aspiring navigation nerd.

Easily the most rugged in Brunton's line of backpacker friendly compasses, the TruArc 20 Compass contains all the features of a professional, forestry-grade compass in a durable and easy to use design great for adventurous hikers and backpackers. Set in a protective case, the TruArc 20 is built for burly endeavors where dependability is key. The TruArc global needle ensures reliable navigation in both Northern and Southern hemispheres, while its included reference cards and conversion charts keep your measurements precise. Other features on the TruArc include adjustable declination, inclinometer, map magnifier, and a bubble level.

  • Plastic protective cover
  • TruArc global needle
  • Ever-North magnet
  • Tool-free declination adjustment
  • Map magnifier
  • Sighting mirror
  • Bubble level
  • Inclinometer
  • Magnified readout
  • Reference cards and measurement conversion tables included
  • Made in the USA
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Remarkable Disappointment, Returned It

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I own and use several compasses of many manufactures and types. In particular I have a Brunton Eclipse 8099 which is a predecessor of the Truarc 20. I found the Eclipse to be a very good instrument...rugged, easy to use and accurate.

The TruArc I received was poorly manufactured. Loose capsule and flimsy in construction. The needle bumped the bottom of the unit and did not settle well. I decided to instead buy another K & R compass. At this point the only Brunton I would purchase for outdoor recreational use is the lightweight Com-Pro Pocket Transit.

Perhaps i received a defective TruArc 20? Based on other reviews that may be the situation.

I once was lost, but now I am found

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Actually, I never get lost. Ever. But it's nice to have this to ensure that streak does not end. If you're putting together an go-bag for the apocalypse, put one of these in!

Easy to use, very durable

    This was my first real compass and will probably be my last. One of bruntons most durable and includes all the features needed. Measure distance, inclination, direction easily and know that it's a product you can trust. Highly recommend.

    Unanswered Question

    What info is on the included cards?

    Great compass

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I like the inclometer. Works great.