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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even 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: 2012-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the 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: 2012-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It 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: 2012-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! A cheap alternative to the other trowels out there and does the job well. Used extensively on my recent 21 day backpacking trip of the John Muir Trail. Very sturdy.
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You 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: 2012-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and durable This trowel was suggested to me by a very knowledgeable REI employee, and I'm glad he did! It is light, durable, inexpensive, and gets the job done respectably :). The serrated edges helped greatly in the root rich soil of the Hoh rain forest where me and two others recently went on our first back packing trip, and the depth markers are helpful, especially for inexperienced cathole diggers such as myself ...forty miles and the trowel never failed! Buy one, heck, buy five, it feels good getting exactly what you need for such little money!
Date published: 2016-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much better than orange trowel I am a Leave No Trace Master Educator. This is such a great improvement over the orange trowel. We would get many complaints about that one breaking, and difficulty in rocky soil, or many small roots. This one works so much better, and less than 5 bucks. We give it to all our LNT Trainers who take our course.
Date published: 2010-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best alternative to a full size shovel Great quality, great price, light weight! Since it is smaller than a fold up Army shovel I've been using and you can't step on it, it obviously takes a little longer to make your hole - keep this in mind if you're in a hurry! ;)
Date published: 2014-08-01
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Questions & Answers

Why are you digging holes with this? What is it used for?

Asked by: Greta
​This is a sanitation trowel, designed to dig holes for your bathroom trips in the backcountry.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-16
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