TOY BOX: Explorer 203 is the perfect way to go

I tested the Explorer 203 compass, made by Silva, on the streets of Manhattan and the country roads of Portsmouth, NH. Much to my fascination - admittedly, in part due to my lack of experience with using compasses - it worked flawlessly in both settings.

I tested the Explorer 203 compass, made by Silva, on the streets of Manhattan and the country roads of Portsmouth, NH. Much to my fascination - admittedly, in part due to my lack of experience with using compasses - it worked flawlessly in both settings.

In short, you put the 203 on a map and connect the base plate edge with where you are and where you want to go. Then you turn the compass dial so that the "N" is lined up with magnetic north on the map. (The instructions provided by Silva clearly explain the concept of magnetic north.) You then take it off the map and turn your body until the red end of the needle matches up with the orientating arrow on the dial. At that point, the direction-of-travel arrow on the plate points to your destination. I left the 203's removable rubber sleeve at home because it makes the device more bulky to carry and the compass does not slip in and out as easily as it should. The verdict: A superb product. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek ----- Price $29.99 Available at Sports Authority and silvacompass.com Specs The Explorer 203 is about 2" w x 4" h and weighs approximately 1 oz. without the Ergo-Grip sleeve (2.6 oz. with it). It has a built in magnifier and comes with an attachable lanyard cord.

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