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Silva Expedition S Compass


Silva Expedition S Compass


Brand: Silva
  EAN 7318860194788
Weight: 86 g         19 reviews
The Silva Expedition S Compass is an advanced navigation tool for experienced users and professionals. Based on the tried-and-tested baseplate design of the classic Expedition 15TDCL model, the Expedition S expands on this functionality with brand new features. If the terrain demands a mirror sighting compass, the Expedition S is your optimal companion.

The Expedition S brings two new features to the plate: a slope card, and a scale lanyard. The slope card is great for detecting potential avalanche risk, and for determining how challenging your journey ahead may be. Thus, by understanding the terrain better, you can judge any extra distance that you need to travel.

The scale lanyard has two scales on it - 1:25 and 1:50 - which allows you to measure the distance of your hike. Since it is soft and flexible, it is easy to place it directly onto your route on the map.

  • Sighting mirror with hole for the most accurate bearings
  • Declination adjustment
  • Built-in clinometer
  • Magnifying lens
  • Mirror angle assistance
  • Luminous markings for low-light navigation
  • Silicon rubber feet for increased friction when taking map readings
  • Silva 1-2-3
  • GPS scales
  • Made using robust materials to withstand tough conditions
  • Graduation: 360
  • Resolution: 2
  • Measuring scales: 1:25k, 1:50k, mm/in
  • IP class: IPX8
  • Temperature operating range: -20 to +60°C
  • Dimensions: 108 x 64 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 86 g
  • Waterproof
  • Included: Scale lanyard (1:25, 1:50), Slope card


  Delivery in 1-2 days within the United Kingdom
  UK Orders placed before 2PM GMT will be dispatched the same working day
  Overseas delivery times will vary depending on the destination

Please note that our offices are closed at weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on a Friday will not be dispatched until the following Monday.

Orders with a total value over £300.00 will be dispatched free via a next day delivery service within the UK at no extra cost.

Please note that in some instances, orders for heavy items may take an extra day to arrive.

  Overseas deliveries
For overseas deliveries, please refer to the following estimated delivery times:

  • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


A full refund or exchange will be given provided that the items have not been worn or used, and are returned to us within 30 days of purchase, together with all relative labels and packaging. You are responsible for the cost of returning items.

Please ensure that you include a copy of your invoice, along with an explanation of why you have returned your goods. If you wish to return your goods for any reason, please do so to the following address:

Woodlore Limited
PO Box 3
East Sussex
TN19 7ZE
United Kingdom

Product Reviews

Silva Expedition S Compass is rated 5/5 based on 19 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 19

  I purchased the Silva Expedition S as I had (temporarily it turns out) lost my original 1981 15TDCL compass which is its product ancestor. After a quality control issue (Silva's - not Woodlore's) and some product exchanges I received my final replacement today. The compass is well made, with components that are designed to work well in demanding navigation conditions. The model includes a full range of map scales and a magnifier in the base plate, there is a clinometer for accurate slope (or the dip of geological strata) measurements together with a useful slope card with which to quickly assess slope angle direct from a map. The sighting mirror has a smooth but firmly fixed hinge enabling it to be used for accurate following of a bearing. The luminous strips, once 'charged' in day light are well placed for use in the dark. The lanyard has a built in metal tag for adjusting the declination (there is a micro screw in the bezel housing for this) to accurately dial in local magnetic variation - and features a range of metric and imperial map scales for measuring route distance on maps. Whilst you can spend more on a sighting compass from Suunto, the Expedition S is a decent quality tool for navigating in all conditions. Finally I would like to add that Woodlore displayed very good customer service regarding the product quality control issues I experienced at first and I am very pleased to recommend them as a great company to purchase specialised outdoor living products from.  

  Tim Morris
22nd October, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 19

  Bought to replace a Silva compass / clino from my Geology student days that was nicked. Basically the same model after 30 years. Well built, good quality.  

  Malcolm Whyte
30th May, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 19

  Excellent bit of kit. I have used both Silva and Suunto in the past and this is an accurate, clear compass.  

  Richard Hill
29th December, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 19

  Great kit and bought in order to find geocaches on a bearing from a reference point. Lots of great features and far more accurate when walking on a bearing compared with a standard compass.  

  Kevin Bastow
31st August, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 19

  Ray Mears Bushcraft had the best price and a trusted name. The Silva Expedition S is a brilliant compass. Great features set. Well worth the price and well built. Newbies must read the manual to understand all the features. The luminous parts are bright for low light situations. I've used it as a baseplate compass and it is good. Out doors you can use it for mirror sighting too. After much research, this is the one to go for. Five stars.  

  Jason Britton
27th April, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 19

  I bought this to replace an older compass. Great product. Very accurate and easy to handle. Thank you!  

  Rimantas Avulis
31st July, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 19

  The Silva S Expedition compass was delivered complete with advertised extras and is an excellent piece of kit. It is designed to be easy and reliable to use in conjunction with a map, following the instructions which are available to download from the Silva website. It is a sighting compass (more advanced than the basic compass in the Silva range) which enables a more precise bearing to be viewed. Its other functions are also as described in the product information and appear to be clear and easy to use in practice. I also like the lanyard which comes with the compass as it is a handy method of checking distance on a map, apart from including a gadget for adjusting declination according to one's locality in this part of the Northern Hemisphere. I expect this product to be serviceable and enjoyable to use for years to come.  

  Martin Vickers
21st May, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 19

  I bought a compass, mail order from Ray Mears - it got lost in the post! It sounds like a line from the Edinburgh Festival but it's true. It took all my skills and 5 days to track it down (as well as a very helpful local postie) so I was very pleased when it eventually arrived. Opted for the Exped S because of the sighting function which may be a bit OTT (and adds both weight and cost), but given the price from RMB was the best by a long way, that's OK. The compass itself is as described and like most compasses of the type, very easy to use with plenty of measuring aids and scales, whilst remaining clear and easy to read. Let's hope it doesn't get lost again!  

  John E
27th November, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 19

  This compass was well up to the standard expected from Silva and provides an excellent and rugged tool for the explorer and walks leader alike. The slope/gradient card is brilliant and the whole instrument is designed with the practical user in mind. Good purchase.  

  David F
21st October, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 19

  Fantastic piece of equipment. This has now become my number one 'go to' compass and will be used and abused.  

  John Broadleday
9th August, 2017

Rated: 5/5

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