Our Everyday Adventures

We are not adventurers by choice but by fate – Van Gogh


Post by:  Jake

Brunton has been manufacturing precision compasses and other outdoor products for over a century.  Their passion for the outdoors is evident in all the products they create to fuel adventures.  Over the years, their product line has included a variety of outdoor products including stoves; however, recently as part of the Brunton Outdoors Group, the company has re-tooled its product line up in cooperation with the brand Primus Camping gear.  Brunton’s product lineup now includes portable power solutions, navigation products, optics, lighting, and other outdoor instruments like altimeters.  Primus’s gear lineup focuses on camping products, stoves, lanterns, cookware, headlamps/flashlights, and tents.

While I’ve used a variety of Brunton products over the years, recently I got to try out one of the new Solaris 2 USB chargers, a 15TDCL compass, and the Ridge analog altimeter.  The Solaris 2 USB charger is incredibly handy.  At 4-oz. and foldable, it’s inconspicuous in your pack, but there when you need it.  This solar panel is capable of charging pretty much anything with a USB power port (cell phone, AA and AAA-batteries, mp3 player, some gps’s), and being flexible it can be easily attached to the top of your backpack to charge your devices while you hike.  Or attach it to the top of your tent at base camp.  The possibilities are endless. At $166 it’s well worth the peace of mind to know you’ll never run out of juice.  Ideal for extended or remote backcountry trips. 

The 15TDCL compass and the Ridge altimeter, I used during the adventure race.  Race rules dictated no electronic positioning devices that can track location or distance.  The 15TDCL compass is super user friendly and with adjustable declination and 2 degree graduations, the precision is perfectly suitable for adventure racing, or backpacking.  This isn’t just a summer compass though, as it also has a slope needle or clinometer to help you with avalanche safety.  The Ridge altimeter is a light (0.6-oz) analog altimeter.  Calibration is very quick and easy, and they claim it can even be done while leaving your bulky mittens on your hands.  My only complaint is the 100-foot graduations.  When you’re trying to pinpoint your elevation to the nearest 20-feet, it’s pretty difficult with any analog altimeter.  Digital is better for precision, but this altimeter certainly beats any digital altimeter on calibration time.

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