Suunto M-9 Wrist Compass Review
Staying on track in the woods is not always easy, especially when trying to head to a distant gobble. The Suunto M-9 Wrist Compass helps take the guess work out of your adventures.
Having grown up in the wide open spaces of the West, my forest navigation skills are not as advanced as they could be. This can be problematic when trying to beeline to a distant gobbler, especially if the tom goes quiet. However, last season I was given a great tip to help me make my way through the woods: use a compass to take a bearing and keep myself on track.
To be able to use this trick, I first needed a compass. I wanted something small, light and easy to use on the move. I found just what I was looking for with the Suunto M-9 Wrist Compass. The M-9 is extremely light, weighing in at less than an ounce and strikes a nice balance between being big enough to easily read but not so big as to be uncomfortable to wear.
The M-9 was perfect for my needs for a number of reasons. With its ability to be strapped to a wrist with the included strap, it was always at the ready. When I first unboxed the compass, I thought the strap was excessively long. However, once I was in the field the long strap paid off because I was able to fit the compass over the cuff of my jacket or long sleeve shirt. It was convenient not having to pull back my sleeve to check my heading. I also experimented with attaching the M-9 to my watch band, which worked great.
Other great features are the side-reading window for taking bearings and sighting notch to make sure the compass is aligned accurately. These features made taking a bearing extremely quick and easy. The bezel ring was easy to move to set the heading, but is strong enough to stay in place while bushwhacking through the forest.
The M-9 orientates itself fairly quickly; however, it did need to be held flat to ensure the compass dial could spin freely. And if it did briefly bind up, a slight jiggle would set things spinning again.
I would recommend that anyone getting an M-9 compass reads the included instructions; they were very helpful as I got my technique dialed in.
Suunto has a reputation for making quality compasses and the M-9 is no exception. This lightweight wrist compass was extremely valuable to me in the woods this spring and has made it into my “must have” list when I am preparing for a hunt.