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Brunton Outdoor Inc. Celebrates 125th Anniversary With New Professional Compass

The new Standard Transit blends classic styling with modern day features

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LOUISVILLE, Colo. (Nov. 14, 2019) — Brunton Outdoor Inc., the U.S.-based manufacturer established in 1894 and known for precision outdoor navigation instruments, celebrates its 125-year anniversary in 2019. To celebrate, Brunton announces the addition of a professional-grade compass to the tried-and-true Transit collection, the Standard Transit, available November 15, 2019. Brunton’s updated version of the venerable Transit compass provides improvements to the design including user-friendly inclination adjustment and added durability in a sleeker package.


Canadian-born geologist David W. Brunton manufactured and patented the first Brunton Transit compass in 1894. The Transit boasted a revolutionary design that quickly became the gold standard for professional geologists, archaeologists, engineers, forestry workers, and surveyors. The highly regarded Transit collection aims to maintain Brunton’s reputation as the authority in precision navigation instruments.

“The level of respect that the Transit collection has earned over the past 125 years is a testament to the timeless and revolutionary design found in the original model,” says Brunton and Primus North America General Manager Per Wååg. “The trusted accuracy and functionality of the Transit line of compasses is unmatched for professionals in the field, so we wanted to deliver that same reliability and confidence with meaningful updates found in the new Standard Transit. The improvements found in the new Standard Transit are a nod to our users’ needs and show a continued commitment to their hard work.”

The Standard Transit’s updates include a non-slip silicone flat bottom base with the inclinometer lever contained in a recessed housing for enhanced low-angle strike and dip measurements. A change to the disk magnets found in other high-end Brunton models results in improved response times and accuracy. Sealed internal components improve water and dust resistance while a more durable, low-profile machined aluminum housing includes a built-in bottle opener for your beverage at the end of a long day in the field. Collectively, these changes create a more balanced and sleek hand feel and combine classic design with modern-day precision, added durability, and the flat base form of higher-price Transits.

Standard Transit compasses are manufactured and built by hand in Brunton’s Riverton, Wyoming, facility, providing top-level quality control and calibration that is demanded of precision instruments. Brunton’s commitment to providing accurate instruments is further exemplified by offering full repair and refurbishment facilities for most models.

The Standard Transit will be available for purchase directly from Brunton and at select retailers on November 15, 2019.

For more information on Brunton, please direct media inquiries to PR Account Manager Eric Hockman at

About Brunton: For over 125 years, Brunton has set the gold standard in precision equipment for outdoor enthusiasts and field-based professionals. In 1894, founder David W. Brunton patented and manufactured the original ‘Brunton’ in Colorado, which quickly became the top geological instrument in its class. Today, this heritage of reliability and precision lives on in the professional-grade transits and accessible outdoor tools for geoscientists, foresters, military, search & rescue, and backcountry navigators. Brunton Outdoor Inc. offices are based in Louisville, Colorado with manufacturing in Riverton, Wyoming. Brunton products are sold in more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit


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Eric Hockman
970-924-0704, ext. 113