Brunton History


Means tireless engineering and over 100 years of experience in earth-science, forestry, S&R and off-trail navigation. It means having a piece of technology that’s over a century old, but is still the top instrument in its class. It means commitment so iron clad, that being the best will never be enough.


In 1894, D.W. BRUNTON, a Canadian-born geologist and mining engineer, commissioned a skilled watch repairman out of Denver, Colorado to manufacture his invention—the Pocket Transit Compass. The precision instrument became world-famous and freed outdoors men of the bulky equipment of that time.

Often simply called a "Brunton", the Brunton Transit compass remains the Gold Standard in areas from Geology to Forestry, Engineering and by other professionals who demand functionality, craftsmanship and durability.

Demonstrated commitment and pride, Ms. Betty has been making and repairing Brunton Pocket Transits since 1975.

Precision made in the USA in Brunton’s own facility in Riverton, Wyoming.