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  • Lightweight aluminum alloy handle and hard-anodized aluminum blade are strong and durable—great for digging holes in hard ground
  • Pop the rear cap off to store toilet paper, lighter and hand sanitizer in the hollow handle
  • Handle collapses to fit within the blade for compact storage; carry sack included
  • Sea To Summit promotes following Leave No Trace principles when traveling in the backcountry


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Material(s) Aluminum
Dimensions (Collapsed) 6 x 2.5 x 1/ (expanded) 10 x 2.5 x 1 inches
Weight 3.5 ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used on JMT. Worth its Weight in Gold I've had my ipood for several years, and it got its biggest test when I backpacked the JMT. The 1 and 2 star reviews baffle me. The thing does what it is meant to do and does it well. If you are digging in solid rock you're going to have a tough go of it...please don't blame the shovel. It is decently lightweight and very sturdy (before I had this I used the plastic shovels, both of which broke). I never experienced any of the difficulty others reported in pressing the button to close/open it. I debated between 4 and 5 stars, but honestly couldn't come up with a reason to give it less than 5. If it were made of titanium it may be lighter, but then it would cost much more.
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not up to Sea To Summit's quality What a bummer. Really, really great idea. Light, compact, strong. Great use of space in the handle. But... The tip of the spade needs to be pointed. This would work great in sand. Not useful in any sort of hard dirt (use a square-point shovel to dig a hole sometime, and get back to me). The spring buttons are a huge challenge to operate. Once deployed the system is strong and comfortable, but a real pain to get there. The storage in the handle is a great addition. But... the little cap is a bugger to get off, and then can so easily be lost. Super idea! It just needs needs the details fixed before it can be useful.
Date published: 2015-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, but could be a tad better I bought the aluminum one, mostly because given options for better quality - I go for it. This one is well built and goes in the camping box tool set to use for camp fire pits (like moving embers), digging small holes...and like some have said-possibly for cooking uses (after being cleaned of course). One thing that dismays me is how manufacturers don't catch obvious shortcomings to make them better. In this case, the push buttons are not shaped correctly and my fingers/fingernails could not push them far enough in to release them. Push buttons are at the shovel end and the handle end. I don't like having to use a key or tool to do that. Liking the tool, but not the buttons, I used a fine metal file to file down the button heads and also to round them better. Why didn't the company do this? The button should be more rounded so when depressing, they release better. I also noticed the holes inside the handle had small burrs around the hole, so I used a small round file to remove those. At the end of this, my buttons work much better. But the manufacturer should have understood this in their process and made changes. Most people don't have files nor interest in re-working to make their tool better - the manufacturer should do it. But, mine is now much better and I love it.
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What this is supposed to bury! This stupid thing broke while I was about to explode! It is very lightweight, is the only pro I can think of. If you aren't into quality, then I would recommend you would get at least two so when one breaks you will have a back up.
Date published: 2007-10-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unreasonably hard to use The bolt locking mechanism is unreasonably hard to push in to make the handle slide between the compact and extended positions. Had to use my keys to push it in hard enough to extend the handle. Doesn't seem like a good feature when you're on the trail.
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Extremely difficult to close Although it would expand and click in without too much difficulty, trying to push the button in to retract the handle was nearly impossible and when I was able to do so, I jammed or cut my fingers. It became intimidating to use.
Date published: 2013-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dig with confidence!! I've backpacked for decades, and have always used the plastic shovels (broke one) and have often had to be content with a hole less than 6" deep because of lack of confidence in the shovel. Having a 3 week backpacking trip planned (JMT) I decided it was worth the investment to buy this, and boy was I right. Had to dig in some hard, rocky soil that would have broken the plastic shovels. The ipood handled it all with ease. If you backpack with any regularity do yourself a favor and invest in this product.
Date published: 2009-07-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poorly engineered This is very poorly designed. I agree with some of the previous posters that this is not a good tool to use if you have to dig a hole quickly. I haven't been able to put it to practical use yet because I just spent the last 10 minutes trying to depress the button to unlock it. After breaking a nail, I was able to slide it open by pressing the end of a pen on the button. I had just as much trouble trying to unlock and return to its original configuration. I am definitely not taking this on my trip! I would actually only give it 1/2 a star if not for the nice-looking design.
Date published: 2010-09-17
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