Coghlan's 4-in-1 Whistle
I got this whistle as a requirement for an outdoor safety course. It is really a whistle with a couple "fun" features on the side. The compass works but I am not always confident that it is really pointing north. The thermometer is a pleasant surprise and seems to be accurate (although knowing the temperature seems to make cold nights feel colder). My main complaint is with the magnifier. I like to use magnifiers as fire starters (what other use is there in the woods?) but this lens is not powerful enough to do so (a 5x is desired but I have no idea what power this one is). That said, this is a great little item for the price to throw in your pack.
November 29, 2012
Reasonably practical, for the price
Recently returned from lengthy overland trip through Argentine northwestern provinces. I put this 4-in-1 gadget to the test. Sure, I have a nickle-plated police whistle, a quality, glass magnifying glass and a professional compass, but in terms of having all of those (plus the bi-scale thermometer) in one easy-to-use, lightweight, carriable item that admirably stands up to use and abuse, I discovered that I indeed had made a sound purchase.
My only two, small complaints are that, first, the plastic on both the thermometer and the compass are easily scuffed and scratched, but then I rather expected that and accept it. Second, unless you've got long fingernails, or a similar pointed object, it's rather hard to extract the magnifying lens.
Still in all well worth the price !!
April 22, 2011
Good to have
Always good to have one of these and you can always spend more and get the best of both worlds. This fits the bill to keep in your pack or to have in your vehicle for emergencies. Get a few for christmas presents. Think of your friends and relatives even if they don't think of themselvs.
March 31, 2011
More of a toy than a tool
My principal interest was in buying a loud, durable whistle for safety and bear alerts on a forthcoming trip to SE Alaska. The strongly positive reviews on BassPro's catalog page for this multi-product prompted me to buy the 4-in-1 instead at more or less the same price. The whistle is fairly loud, but not as loud as larger, dedicated whistles. The other features function OK but I think that the other three features things for kids to fool around with on the boat/ on the trail than anything else.
May 31, 2010