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Julian Watson
(JulesWatson) - F
Small Mirror on 09/26/2010 15:39:04 MDT Print View

Hi folks,

I'm about to get back into wearing contacts, and find that I need a mirror to put them in.

Any MYOG / cheap purchase ideas for a small hand mirror which is light and not made of glass ?

Thanks in advance, Jules.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
re: Small Mirror on 09/26/2010 15:48:55 MDT Print View

Carry a compass with a sighting mirror. Works for emergency signaling too.

Keith Selbo
(herman666) - F - M

Locale: Northern Virginia
coghlans on 09/26/2010 16:04:24 MDT Print View

Coghlans makes a $2 acrylic mirror.

Dimensions (W x H): 2.75" x 4.25" Weight: 0.5 oz.

If that's too big, you can cut it down to any size you like because it's plastic.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Small Mirror on 09/26/2010 16:54:18 MDT Print View

That's what I did--got the Coghlan's mirror, cut the end with the hole so it was 1/2 the original length, tied on a piece of really thin Spectra cord that I got from ZPacks a couple years ago so I can hang it up. 0.3 oz. I heated the blade of a cheap knife to do the cutting. I probably could have cut it smaller.

I haven't yet figured out how to floss around my bridgework without looking at what I'm doing. I've spent far too many $K at the dentist to neglect dental hygiene!

Edited by hikinggranny on 09/26/2010 16:57:06 MDT.

Kevin Beeden
(captain_paranoia) - F

Locale: UK
re: Small Mirror on 09/27/2010 11:30:39 MDT Print View

> Carry a compass with a sighting mirror. Works for emergency signaling too.


Coincidentally, a Silva Field 26 arrived in the post this morning, to replace my old one which has developed a bubble too big to ignore, after many years service.

The mirror is about the size of that in a powder compact.

Edited by captain_paranoia on 09/27/2010 11:35:03 MDT.

David A
(DavidAdair) - M

Locale: West Dakota
Re small mirror on 09/27/2010 13:06:54 MDT Print View

Years ago I wore contacts and used a contact lense case which came with a little mirror attached to one of the caps. The mirror was maybe an inch in diameter and had some curvature so as to make your eye look bigger. Similar cases are probably still available. I no longer wear contacts but I still carry the little mirrored cap as my only mirror. If you go solo you need to be able to remove something from your eye of course.

Ole Saether
(osaether) - MLife

Locale: Norway
Re: Small Mirror on 09/27/2010 13:23:00 MDT Print View

I use a small mirror that came with my record player years ago. It was meant to be used for aligning the cartridge cantilever. It measures about 1 x 1.5 inch.Mirror

Edited by osaether on 09/27/2010 13:34:02 MDT.

Julian Watson
(JulesWatson) - F
mirror - thanks on 09/28/2010 03:21:11 MDT Print View

Thanks all, it's given me a few things to think about.

Chris Lucas
(ChemE) - F

Locale: SC
Another option on 09/30/2010 16:33:16 MDT Print View

Scroll about half way down the page

Del Johnston
(deljohnston) - F

Locale: Heart of Dixie
Don't judge...LOL! on 10/06/2010 14:17:52 MDT Print View

Okay, before you judge me and scoff...I sometimes hike with my girlfriend. She loves the outdoors, but has not accepted the hat/buff look and she INSISTS on brushing her hair in the morning. Of course, I don't argue. =)

We purchased a tiny round brush at WalMart for $1. It was in the travel needs section, along with the travel size soaps, etc. Anyhow, it is about the size of a small makeup compact. It folds up flat. when unfolded, the bristles pop out and the handle is a round mirror. I don't know the weight, but it is not much at all. Maybe an ounce. Maybe less.

The ONLY justification I could muster was that it was multi purpose and small.

Certainly not as small and light as the Coghlan's mirror trimmed, but useful and it keeps her happy.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: Don't judge...LOL! on 10/06/2010 14:32:03 MDT Print View

I used to have a brush like that. It's a great piece of equipment.

Dan Marchiando
(marchiando) - F
Re: Small Mirror on 10/22/2010 11:43:16 MDT Print View

The Sun Company Feather weight mirror is the lightest, thinnest (actually flexible) mirror that I have been able to find; much lighter than the Coughlans at 0.30 ounces. I've used mine for 7 seasons now with no damage. I recently found them at, but the company website at also shows them. Buy extras as I've heard they've been discontinued. Sun Company Feather weight mirror

Scott Lehr
(lehrscott4) - F

Locale: Louisville - KY
any size you want on 10/26/2010 08:17:37 MDT Print View

I work for a glass wholesale company and we carry a bunch of thicknesses of mirror. I currently use a 3x3 inch square of 1/16" thick glass mirror. I covered the back with clear packing tape so if it gets broken, it wont leave shards of glass everywhere. It weighs well under an ounce. I would be happy to send you one for free if you wanna try it out.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
mirror on 10/26/2010 10:49:52 MDT Print View

I was just at the store, and noticed a small mirror intended for a parakeet - small, light, and cheap.