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Silva Ranger CL 515
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Silva Ranger CL 515

Silva Ranger CL 515

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Silva Ranger CL 515

Manufacturer: Silva

Your Opinion: 
 - 4 Votes


Page By: Augie Medina

Created/Edited: Sep 2, 2007 / Sep 2, 2007

Object ID: 3842

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Product Description

The Ranger Model CL 515 comes with a clear base plate and features 1:24,000, 1:25,000, and 1:50,000 scales so that you have versatility with the type of topographic map you use. The scales are in two colors for ease of reading. There are 1/20-inch and millimeter rules for mapping and silicone feet for map gripping.

The CL 515 has a large sighting mirror with a vee notch, which assists in taking readings on distant landmarks. The dial graduation is in 2 degree increments. A declination adjustment screw on the compass's back side allows adjustment for the difference in degrees between magnetic north and true north. The clinometer lets you measure angles of inclination with ease.

Product Features

Price: $59.99 retail

Weight: .85 lb.

Length: 4 inches

Width: 2.4 inches

Dial Marking Increments: 2 degrees

Roamer Scales: 1:24,000; 1:25,000; 1:50,000

Other Scales: Declination Scale, Inch and Millimeter Scales

Magnetic Declination Adjustment Screw


Large Sighting Mirror with V-Sight

Clear Base Plate with Meridian Lines

Silicone Map Grippers

Lanyard with declination adjustment tool



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Augie MedinaGreat Compass

Voted 5/5

Maybe a little pricier than many compasses, but it's worth every penny. Very easy to use including adjusting the declination via the adjustment screw on the back side for whatever region you're in. It even comes with a litle screwdriver which hangs on the lanyard to use on the declination screw. The sighting mirror of course can also be used as a signaling device.

The snap lid protects the compass well from dust. The bezel is a good size and the luminous points, especially on the needle, are helpful in low light conditions.

I take my Ranger CL 515 on every outing, no matter how short, and I can't see ever replacing it with another model. Life is good that your primary navigation tool is something that costs in the tens of dollars as opposed to a secondary navigation tool like the GPS (I have one so I'm not knocking them) costing in the hundreds of dollars.
Posted Sep 2, 2007 3:18 pm

PropsMy favorite

Voted 5/5

I've used a number of compasses for orienteering and back country navigation, and this one is my top choice regardless of price. It's rugged, well thought out and time-tested. If you're looking for a new compass, get this one.
Posted Dec 8, 2007 1:43 pm


Hasn't voted

I want one. I have a $10 coleman compass that works fine, but the vertical sight and the 2-degree graduations would be nice. Also, the declination adjustment...

Posted Jun 30, 2008 10:25 am

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