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  • Carbon steel blade is lightweight and strong to handle the rigors of backcountry camping
  • Heavy-duty handle doubles as a hammer for pounding in tent stakes; rubberized grip creates a comfortable hold
  • Push-button mechanism locks the blade in place; blade folds closed for convenient packing
  • Includes a nylon storage bag


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Best Use Camping
Length 16.5 inches
Closed Length 9.25 inches
Handle Material Glass-filled nylon
Weight 28 ounces
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, sturdy folding shovel Picked up the Gerber Gorge for a nice, folding backpacking shovel. I've had other stainless steel options but they just weren't standing up to long-term usage. I've had this for two years now and put it through some heavy use - does its job and then some. Packs away nice and easy in my pack, ready for the next haul. Never used it for a stake hammer or anything, as that is what the back of my axe is there for. Like others have stated, if your an ultralight packer, this one may not be the one for you, as it's a little on the "heavy" side for lightweight backpacking. I typically keep my pack right around 30 pounds and it fits me well. If you're looking for a nice solid, compact shovel that you can throw in a pack or car, go for the Gerber.
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heavy duty packable shovel I took this shovel backpacking with me. I enjoy lightweight backpacking. This shovel is really heavy duty. Because of this it does feel heavy to hold and carry along. It can be a drag to carry this thing long distances. I don't mind too much especially since its so versatile. You can knock this thing around, smash things, drive stakes, and of course shovel with it really easily. It folds up compact and is easy to use. It comes with a thick nylong carrying case which is handy to have but you don't necessarily need it. Pros: Heavy duty Compact Easy to use Plenty of uses Cons: Heavy for backpacking extended distances
Date published: 2009-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from works well for a shovel but I bought this for camping and it works real well for small projects. The shovel is sturdy and held up to a little abuse with no problem. I am very happy with this shovel, The other part though. This is supposed to have a hammer built into it and it does but it is almost useless. The shovel gets in the way while you are useing the hammer so there is very little use for it.
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I want my money back. Bought this as a camp shovel. Expected uses... clearing debris, digging little poo holes, hammering in tent stakes, etc. Broke on the 1st day of use. After some light-moderate hammering, the whole spade head just snapped right off. I was completely shocked... I loved it when I bought it, it looked built well, and a nice upgrade from the cheap/rough brown 'military suplus' folding shovels I've always used in the past. Nope. Still have those, ugly and crude as they are, and minus a hammer point, but at least they don't snap in half like twigs.
Date published: 2012-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent shovel I bought this shovel because I didn't like carrying around my heavy, bulky military folding shovel while backpacking. I tried other lightweight shovel alternatives and destroyed them in rocky areas. So I gave the Gorge a try. I like how it can be used as a pick, hammer, or a shovel. I also like how it folds up quite reasonably for a shovel of it's size. What I don't like is that it is made of very heavy steel. I know that is what gives it the stregth, but I would happily pay more for another version made of a lighter, but still durable material.
Date published: 2012-06-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Craftsmanship, Easily Broken I planned on using this product as a backpacking shovel, and took it on two trips before it broke. On the first trip, it worked effectively in loose soil, but on the first day of my second trip, it broke when I tried to dig a cat hole. The soil was fairly loose, but was wet and heavy. The handle broke where it connected to the blade. I cannot recommend this due to the fact that it is advertised as an "outdoors" tool, which I took to mean would be reliable in a backcountry context.
Date published: 2012-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from for car camping this shovel is great. this would be ackward for backpacking but for a day hike or car camping this shovel kicks butt! I use this shovel all the time when camping - digging holes, hammering down stakes, digging some trenches around the tent when the pounding rain shows its ugly side. gerber makes some of the best out door tools ever!!
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good car camping shovel This shovel works well for car camping, but as many other reviewers have said it would not be a good backpacking shovel. It is stout and packs small, but I wish the handle could be a bit longer when using it to turn coals. I personally had no issues using the 'hammer' on it, but it doesn't add too much to the overall value.
Date published: 2014-08-08
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