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Discussion: Going to WMOC 2017? S. Hemisphere Right hand Spectras available

in: Orienteering; Gear & Toys

Jul 2, 2016 6:54 AM # 
The WA Orienteering Association shop has 5 x right hand Silva 6 Jet Spectra compasses for sale at below cost - AU$100.00, + postage to anywhere in Australia. Also 1 x Jet Spectra OMC (wrist model), same price.

Go to our website's Shop page for contact details.
Jul 2, 2016 5:03 PM # 
Gee Simmo , this should get the septics going!
Jul 6, 2016 3:26 AM # 
Never mind that Dick, do you want one of the compasses or know anybody who does?
Jul 6, 2016 3:32 AM # 
...or who knows what a mollydooker is?
Jul 6, 2016 5:07 AM # 
What is a mollydooker??
Jul 6, 2016 5:35 AM # 
Stop whining and look it up.
Jul 6, 2016 6:00 AM # 
I have never understood why we are supposed to use the non-dominant hand with less good coordination skills to hold both map and compass. I find it more natural to control the crucial hand-eye co-ordination with the dominant hand. But maybe it is just me. It isn't that straight forward in ice hockey either.
Jul 6, 2016 6:05 AM # 
I always assumed it was a holdover from using baseplate compasses - where you'd use your offhand to hold the compass still while you use your dominant hand to turn the bezel.
Jul 6, 2016 6:09 AM # 
I'm left handed. I'll stick with my left hand thumb compass thanks!
Jul 6, 2016 6:13 AM # 
If I trip over, it's usually my dominant (non-compass holding) hand that saves me. Actually that's a lie because I quite often land on the compass or else send it flying before I can damage it. Actually even that's a lie because having the compass means I try everything in my power to avoid hitting the deck and otherwise smashing it.

Had two close calls on the weekend, both right in front of other people (of course).
Jul 6, 2016 6:58 AM # 
Real men did that course without a compass.
Jul 6, 2016 7:06 AM # 
Results show that the compass did not help me.
Jul 6, 2016 7:49 AM # 
Uncle JiM:
Maybe tRicky isn't a man...
Jul 6, 2016 1:52 PM # 
I'm right handed and hold the map and compass in my right hand. Always did, even when I used to use a baseplate. I also wear my watch on my right wrist. Never thought to ask what other people did when I started.
Jul 6, 2016 8:33 PM # 
I'm right handed, and hold the map and compass in my left hand. I suspect that this did, for me, start due to using the right hand to turn the baseplate bezel. It does indeed seem as though using the dominant hand to hold the map would make use of better, more familiar hand to eye coordination. On the other hand, it can be easier to learn an unfamiliar behavior (and I suspect that running while reading a map is not in most orienteers' pre-orienteering upbringing ) using the non dominant side.
Jul 6, 2016 9:33 PM # 
+1 with jjcote. Left handed, hold map and compass in left hand. Wear my watch on left hand. Hand eye coordination is much better when using my dominant hand to hold and move around the map.
Jul 6, 2016 10:13 PM # 
Right hand = Watch, SI stick (middle finger, as not only do i have tinytoes I have tinyfingers) and used to fend off branches etc
Left hand = compass, map, descriptions
Jul 6, 2016 11:37 PM # 
fend off branches etc

But that's what your head is for!
Jul 7, 2016 12:30 AM # 
Which hand do you hold the Mollydooker in or is that for drowning your sorrows afterwards rather than on course?
Jul 8, 2016 8:51 AM # 
OMC is now sold. Whether you're a MD or not, if you hold the compass in your right hand, these RH Spectras are a bargain - and better than the Race model which has replaced them, in my opinion.

They'll work in NZ if anyone from US or Europe is going to the World Masters next year.
Jul 9, 2016 11:34 AM # 
You should try a new thread title Simmo... something like 'Bargain southern-hemisphere compliant Spectras for sale for World Masters NZ'
(I used to be a copywriter, hence the catchy headline).
Jul 15, 2016 3:35 AM # 
Thanks Tooms.
Jul 15, 2016 4:17 AM # 
I exspectraght handed compass sales will take off now.

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