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GSI Outdoors Cathole Sanitation Trowel

    GSI Outdoors Cathole Sanitation Trowel

    Follow proper Leave No Trace™ principles by using the GSI Cathole sanitation trowel on your backpacking trips.

    • $4.95

    Item # 799009

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    • Trowel is made from repurposed GSI polycarbonate food and beverage products that were pulled from the shelves over growing concerns about the chemical BPA
    • Serrated edges make for easy digging in hard soil
    • Leave No Trace™ guidelines are molded into the back of the trowel so you'll always remember to tread lightly
    • 1% of sales support Leave No Trace™
    • Comes in assorted colors only; sorry, specific color requests cannot be accommodated


    Item 799009

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    GSI Outdoors Cathole Sanitation Trowel Specs
    Best use
    Recycled polycarbonate
    10.3 x 2.6 x 1 inches
    3.1 ounces

    GSI Outdoors Cathole Sanitation Trowel

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    Rated 4.3846/5 based on 13 reviews
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromGreat Trowel! This trowel beats the folding ones by not folding. Also it has a ruler and instructions that stay with the trowel. Love it for being recycled as well.
    Date published: 2011-05-30
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromIt digs holes! Unlike the orange ones everybody is familiar with, people won't be able to spot you walking from camp with this in your pocket and know exactly what you're up to. It's also a little more rigid than those orange ones.
    Date published: 2011-07-28
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromYou can't break it Won't break. Serrated edges dig through stubborn soil. Lightweight, and readily modified with a drill and/or dremmel if you want to trim off extra grams. This is a fantastic backcountry trowel, and you'd be hard pressed to find a more reliable and well-designed piece of equipment for under $5! In fact, this little digger is probably the best tool of its kind unless you spend 10x as much on a titanium, and even then its close... Great gear, thanks GSI!
    Date published: 2012-02-12
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromSimple and Effective Tool I have used this tool while day hiking and backpacking. It works very well in soft soil. I really like the depth measurement molded right into the plastic. The serrated edges work well at cutting through small roots. It does about as well as can be expected on hard and rocky soil. I'm pleased that it did not chip or break when trying to cut into rocky soil. It seems pretty durable based on these experiences.
    Date published: 2012-04-16
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromEven better cut in half!! This trowel is about as light as the come at 90 grams, but I still got heat from my fellow ultralight backpackers for carrying a trowel. That was until I took a hack saw and cut off the handle. It now weighs only 1.4 oz, which I'm willing to tolerate, especially since there's no telling when nature will call and sometimes I don't want to waste time looking for a decent rock to dig a cat hole. If anything, I'd say it works better without the handle. I even drilled a hole in the top for a loop of cord to hang it on my pack.
    Date published: 2012-08-12
    Rated 3out of5
    by fromIt Works, Butt... This worked well for three weeks straight with no problems. My next trip I woke up the next morning and in a hurry went to dig a hole in some reasonably soft Rocky Mountain soil, rocky but loose, and the shovel broke. I'm sure I hit a rock which broke it but it seemed too easy still. It's not a bad shovel and will take care of you if you take care of it but I'd rather go with a collapsable metal shovel to avoid a repeat.
    Date published: 2012-09-16
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromthe last shovel you'll ever buy I may have used every trowel out there and this is the one I like best. It's much stronger than the old orange ones; I've abused mine for over a year now and it still hasn't cracked. I like the green color which is much less obvious than the orange, and I like that it's made from recycled material. It's simple and has no moving parts to malfunction or break; it has no itty bitty plastic parts that can get lost in the woods. Most importantly: it's inexpensive, lightweight and reliable.
    Date published: 2012-11-08
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromgood product This product is a backpacking trowel for waste disposal. My only complaint is that the color of the trowel is too dark.
    Date published: 2013-10-13

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