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In orienteering, as in other sports, there is specific gear that is more or less important to enhance the experience. Shoes and compass are the most important.

When you compete, you must wear full-coverage clothing that protects the body against scratches, and the same is also recommended for training. Full-coverage clothing means that the skin on legs and torso are not allowed to be bare. Full length trousers and t-shirt thus go well.

Of course, you can wear any ordinary running clothes and shoes, but if you are more active, it may be well worth getting special orienteering clothes and shoes that are created for terrain activity.

Compass is also recommended. It is a great help when you need to orientate the map and keep the direction.

If you want to compete, you will need a control chip to punch with at the controls. If you do not have your own chip, you can borrow/rent it from the organizer. Sportident and Emit are the most common timekeeping systems.



Orienteering shoes have an outer sole with a firm grip and are made of materials that do not absorb as much water, to not become heavy.


The thumb compass is the most common even though the baseplate compass works just as well. The choice is a matter of preference. Both are equally easy to learn.


A headlamp is used for night orienteering in the dark. There are lamps available from 600 SEK to 7500 SEK depending on the quality of brightness and battery length.

Control chip

For electronic timekeeping, you need a control chip to punch with at the controls. This chip is called Sportident-Card.