MecArmy’s CMP Compass Review


A lot of people may think that they no longer need a manual compass. You can download one via an app on your phone and they are fixtures on many GPS devices too. The problem comes though when those devices run out of battery and you are left without any navigation.

Getting a manual compass is still very important and the CMP compass is a great solution, as it can give you that navigation in a compact size that will be able to point you in the right direction whenever you have lost your way.

It can do that with a good level of design but also has a stylish look too and it’s going to look great wherever you keep it. It’s also a compass that has a high level of accuracy and therefore you know that you can rely on it to give you an accurate reading.

In this review, we will look further into the other great features that this product has. We will also see how usable it is before looking into how it rates in the most important areas. Once you have finished this review, you’ll know exactly whether this is the right product for you or not.



The CMP compass is an impressive product for a wide variety of different reasons. It has a host of features that show the quality that the product has. Here we take a quick overview of those features before looking further into them.

  • Fluorescent dial
  • Teardrop design
  • High-quality materials
  • Compact size
  • Easy to read
  • High sensitivity
  • Waterproof IPX5
  • For everyday carry



Material: Titanium or brass

Dimensions: 1.08” x 0.89” x 0.34”

Weight: 0.34in

Accessories: Beaded chain

User Experience

Usability: This is a compass that is very easy to use with a dial that is going to be very easy to read. The best compasses need to give you the information that you need right away and that’s exactly what you get with this product.

That is helped by the fact that the compass comes with a beaded chain that allows you to easily carry it around your neck for those times that you need to quickly check your compass. That allows you to easily carry it, always knowing it’s there if you need it.

That isn’t the only way that you can carry it though as you could also easily attach it to a keychain to allow you to have access to it in your pocket at all times. The compact size of this compass really helps in ensuring that it is as easy as possible to carry.

The easy compass use of the product is added to by the fluorescent dial that can glow in the dark. This means that you’re going to be able to read the dial even after the sun has gone down so that you are never left without your navigation.

Durability: This compass is available in two different materials as you can either get it in titanium or brass. Both of them look great and are going to be able to give you a high level of durability and protection from corrosion.

You can choose the one that looks best to you or fits in with the rest of your gear. There isn’t much difference between the two in regards to how it is going to perform as a compass and therefore it comes down to your preference on how they look.

That look is added too by the stylish design of the product with its teardrop shape. The teardrop design gives it a high level of class to go with the practicality of the product. It also helps it to be compact and resistant to any bumps or scraps that you might have.

Just like the best dive compasses, this device is highly waterproof and has a rating of IPX5 which means that it can be dropped into a shallow body of water without you having to worry about it breaking. It adds to that durability and gives you peace of mind should any water be spilled on it.

While a compass might have a high degree of style and durability, it would all be for nothing if the reading that it is giving you isn’t accurate. This product though has a very high degree of accuracy to ensure that the information that you are receiving is correct.

Uses: This compass could be used for a wide variety of different reasons and would be a great addition to your survival gear and tools as its compact size and rugged design makes it a perfect addition to any survival gear.

It would also be a great addition to your camping gear and gadgets if you are going to be wandering through the wilderness. Having it around your neck or in your pocket when you are out there hiking will give you confidence that if your technology fails, you’re still going to be able to find your way back.

In some situations, you need to know if you’d prefer to have a permanently mounted compass as can be found with kayak compasses or one that you have in your possession at all times. For many people, they love to have both options to give you the greatest peace of mind.

This compass though is simply going to be perfect for anyone who loves any type of outdoor adventure and wants a piece of essential navigation that isn’t going to fail and isn’t going to run out of battery. That makes this compass a must-have for numerous different adventures.


  • Simple to read
  • Stylish design
  • Accurate reading
  • Highly durable
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to carry


Overall Rating


As we have seen already, this is a quality product and one that is going to come in useful in a wide variety of different situations. Here we look in a little more detail at some key areas and see how it rates in each one.

  • Price: 90% – In terms of usability, this is a product that you are going to be checking time and time again in a wide variety of different activities. It’s definitely a product that you are going to use time and time again and therefore that makes it a good value for money. The durability has also meant that it’s not going to break easily either and you can have confidence that you are going to own it for a long time. With all those factors, it’s a product with a very reasonable price that you are not going to regret paying.
  • Material: 95% – The compass is available in two main materials as you’re either going to be able to get it in either brass or titanium. Both of them leave the compass with a highly stylish design and give it the great look that it has. More importantly, though, it is highly durable and is going to ensure that the compass is ready for anything that the outdoors can throw at it. The rest of the materials are durable too and overall this is a very well-made product.
  • Design: 100% – The design of this product is great, both in terms of the way it looks and also how it performs. While some people may prefer to have a larger compass, the compact nature of this compass holds many advantages of being easy to carry and use. The teardrop design looks great and even with its smaller size, the dial is very easy to read and you’ll be on the right course in no time. It’s a simple and effective design but also one that is going to give the compass a high level of durability.
  • Overall: 95% – Clearly this is a high-quality product where the stylish design meets a high level of usability and durability. Added to the materials used and the fair price that it has, this is a product that deserves a high rating and one that you will surely love.

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The CMP Compass is going to be useful in a wide range of situations. There will be those who plan on using it all of the time and there will be others who hope to never have to use it as they will have it as an emergency back-up. Whatever you plan on using it for, you know that it is going to perform well.

Whatever material you decide is best for you, both of them come with the same qualities of being both stylish and durable. The design of the compass makes the most out of its compact size and this is a quality product that is going to be a vital part of your gear for many years.

For all those reasons, this is a product that is highly recommended and one that you’ll love. All that’s left to do now is to get your compass and head out on your next adventure, whatever that adventure may be.

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