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Suunto SK7 Underwater Compass Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Suunto SK7 Underwater Compass Review Posted in: Below $100, Other Accessories

For divers who frequent murky water, dive solo or simply want to be able to self-help their way out of becoming lost underwater without surfacing, an underwater compass is a must-have piece of gear. Of course, using an underwater compass is not quite as simple as using a compass on land. Navigating by compass for 200 yards in 20-foot visibility is about the same as navigating through two miles of dense forest and broken terrain on land. Successful use of an underwater compass requires training and practice, but the better compasses are more forgiving, and that is where owning a gem like the Suunto SK7 comes into it.

Scuba Diving described the SK7 as “the best nonelectric underwater compass we’ve come across,” a billing that Dive Gear Reviews supports completely. Consumer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, so much so that one has to wonder if the very few people who have serious problems with the SK7 simply don’t understand how to use it in the first place. The problem with most underwater compasses is the need to hold them in a stable, steady and horizontal position to keep them working, and cheaper compasses are not forgiving in this respect. The Suunto SK7 allows you to tilt the compass +/- 30 degrees and keeps on going. It also has a side view window, giving the user more options for how to position the compass. The bezel is easy to use, and the compass is phosphorescent for night use.

As a rule, the digital compass programs that are built into many high-end dive computers are easier to use than any analog compass. If you don’t own one of those computers, however, the Suunto SK7 is the underwater compass you want, hands down. The SK7 comes in wristwatch and retractable tether formats, and the compass capsule can be removed and fitted into some empty console tabs.

Average Price: $75 for wristwatch format; $100 for retractable module format