Gerber Gorge Folding Shovel

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Gerber Gorge Folding Shovel Features.

Gerber Gorge Folding Shovel.
The Gerber Gorge Folding Shovel is the perfect compact digging device for just about any project. Whether you are digging, scraping, scooping, or hammering this tool is the perfect shovel for you. This product offers an easy-to-use push button slide mechanism, which allows you to collapse the handle of the shovel for your convenience. Plus, this product features a carbon steel durable blade, which helps chop up any pesky roots that may be in your digging way. This shovel also features a glass-filled nylon handle with a rubberized grip for a nearly indescribable shovel and ease of use. This product offers a pick, which helps you break up hard packed ground. If you are looking for an out hammer this product will also do the trick, with its hammer base feature you will be able to hammer all of your tent stakes into the ground in no time. Order the Gerber Gorge Folding Shovel today for all of your outdoor digging and hammering needs!

Key Features.


  • Glass-filled nylon handle with rubberized over grip
  • Includes nylon drawstring bag for easy storage
  • Glass-filled Nylon Handle-pick made for hard packed ground


  • Packs down nicely for portability


  • Small, compact size great for camping, backpacking, etc.

Traction and Grip:

  • Heavy-duty handle doubles as a hammer for pounding in tent stakes; rubberized grip creates a comfortable hold


  • Has hammer surface at base
  • Push-button mechanism locks the blade in place; blade folds closed for convenient packing
  • Carbon steel blade is lightweight and strong to handle the rigors of backcountry camping
  • Durable blade crafted from carbon steel

The Gerber Gorge Folding Shovel features a fast and smooth push-button collapsible handle and a glass-filled nylon shaft with rubberized over-grip. The spade folds back, revealing a textured head to be used as a hammer for pounding in tent stakes. The Gorge is lightweight and pack-able for back-country camping and hiking.

Northern River Supply
The GerberĀ® Gorge Folding Shovel gives you all the outdoor functionality of a larger shovel, plus a handy built-in mallet, in a compact, lightweight package that's easy to pack and carry.

The Gorge Folding Shovel features a fast, easy-to-use push button slide mechanism, a glass-filled nylon handle with rubberized overgrip, and a hammer mode for pounding in tent stakes. Light and easily packable; nylon draw string bag included.


The lightweight Gerber Gorge folding shovel lets you chop, dig, scoop, scrape and hammer your way through your next outdoor adventure.


This shovel packs down nicely and it's durable enough to dig in the toughest backcountry terrain. The carbon-steel blade is incredibly strong. The glass-filled nylon handle is equipped with an ergonomic rubberized grip. Throw it into hammer mode using the surface at the base for pounding in tent stakes. Features an easy push-button, slide mechanism on the handle for storage and a nylon sheath.
Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Length: 15-3/4".
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Blade material:Carbon steel
Closed length:8.25 inches
Handle material:Glass-filled nylon
Length:15.75 inches
Material:Handle: Glass-filled Nylon
Overall Length:15.75 in., closed
Upc, Ean, Isbn:013658415782
Weight:1 lb 12 oz / .79 kg
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Gerber Gorge Folding Shovel Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great shovel for a great price

After years of using and carrying NATO tri-fold shovels on hiking trips I can safely say that this is one of the better compact shovels available for the price. At 28 ounces, it is definitely lighter than a tri-fold, which can top the scales at around 48 ounces. I cannot understand why anyone can be critical about the weight. If it were any lighter, it would be useless as a shovel for digging in anything other than snow, and product durability would suffer. The Gerber also folds to a much more manageable size, is easier to unfold, and is much more rigid when fully extended and tightened than the Mil-Spec units.

Overall, I am very pleased with the purchase and would recommend it. If you actually need a shovel and not some plastic garden trowel, and won't throw your back out carrying a mere 28 ounces, then this is the shovel for you. I would have given it 5 stars if it had a sharper cutting edge, and perhaps a serrated side for cutting roots.
Grover at REI on 09/09/2010

not for backpacking

You gotta love the misleading description of this tool: "The lightweight Gerber Gorge folding ..."

Hello?! Hello??? Lightweight? This thing is ANYTHING but lightweight.

Now don't get me wrong, this is a well made and well designed shovel/hammer combo tool. Its two heads can be locked into different positions to suit your needs, be it digging a cat hole, or hammering down tent pegs. It folds into a somewhat manageable size, does come with a storage pouch, and uses decent/strong materials in its construction.

However, this thing is heavy. REAL heavy. So buy it for gardening and/or car camping, but don't do it for backpacking. Your back will thank you.

The search for that perfect lightweight backpacking shovel continues...
ingus at REI on 05/05/2010

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
Easy to use
Plenty of uses

Cons: Heavy for backpacking extended distances
ttechdoc at REI on 01/01/2009

Great Tool!

This thing packs down small enough to fit in a waist pack or backpack, which makes it very portable. It's too heavy for most people to take backpacking, but for car camping when you need a hammer or a shovel, this little tool is awesome!
It's also great for rescuing your vehicle from soft sand in a pinch.
I've owned mine for two years; it has seen moderate use and still looks and works as though it's new.
Meli at REI on 08/08/2011

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.
rarebear143 at REI on 08/08/2013

Strong and Functional

Great tool that makes camping and setting camp easier. Works great in several scenarios, from protecting a shelter from rain water to digging a hole for a file, when it's windy and nasty. I like the fact that it folds to a fairly small size, which makes it easy to pack and carry. The hammer part works well too and it a nice extra. All in all, great tool and one I'm happy I bought.
SAR Dan at Campmor on 05/05/2011

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!!
johnny cache at REI on 12/12/2008

Light and Handy

I was looking for a handy shovel for general camping. It pretty much works as expected. Not great for digging serious holes bot small holes its decent. I carry a rubber mallet with my camping kit so when I hit hard dirt I can just whack it a few times and it works fine.
dedwards at REI on 12/12/2007

straight handle would be better

Nicely compact and very strong. Only requet wouldbe to have the handle without the larger grip end. i.e. handle of continual size and so that the toilet roll can slide down on the handle, simple pleasures make a difference. Keeps it out of the dirt, wet snow, or from blowing away.
Callahan Adventures at REI on 11/11/2010

digg it!

Not a bad little shovel for slit trench latrines, firepit and other easy around the camp site work! However, if you are planning to dig a foxhole, expect to be there awhile... a tad small for anything close to usable for real digging.
Fishdv8 at Cabelas on 01/30/2010

Negative Reviews:


I took this shovel with me to the Boundary Waters as my main shovel as you have to bury your fish remains. On the first hole I dug I hit a root and the shovel snapped in half. Luckily I had a small trowel with me for the rest of the trip which held up but took forever to dig a hole.

Normally I would have my Army Entrenching tool with me but I was trying to save some weight. This is a perfect example of the problem I have with ultra light gear especially tools. When you really need a tool and depend on it you need it to be reliable. For this reason I would avoid this Gerber shovel like the plague. Get yourself a military grade E-tool if you need to have a collapsible shovel. It may weigh a bit more but it will be there when you need it. (Side note to people trying to shave off a few pounds here and there - instead of buying questionable quality gear maybe start by going to the gym and shaving the weight off your body while building muscle strength. This way you can handle carrying the extra weight of quality gear.)
PikeMaster at REI on 05/05/2011

Lowered Expectations

This shovel was great, except for one fatal flaw; the handle keeps slipping off!! The shovel *is* heavy, which is a concern if you're going UL, but not so much on a weekend or car camping trip.

It was rather unsettling digging around other people and having the shovel head keep coming off leaving only the handle in my hands. Since it's a heavy shovel, there is very real potential for a serious injury. Not a good thing when you're in the backwoods.

I, too, did get this originally because it had a hammer head in addition to the shovel. Unfortunately, that hammer head is over rated. It works but an easier, near universal, and lighter option would be to just find a rock near the campsite (or a piece of a log to use as a mallet).

There are other lighter shovel options on the market now, so for backpacking purposes, I would say this shovel has become obsolete.
Wildewudu at REI on 03/03/2010

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.
atreidex at REI on 08/08/2012

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.
Running Bear at REI on 01/01/2012

Lots of Problems

I bought this shovel knowing gerber usually makes good equipment. From the minute I opened the package, the handle locking pins did not work! The handle disengages and slides as you dig. While floating the river, the sand got in it and made in very difficult to unscrew the lock and fold the shovel.
Haphazard at REI on 08/08/2009


I owned one of these and it turned out to be junk. The BCA's and Glocks are not bad but for a real workhorse, get your hands on a Cold Steel for a few dollars more than the Gerber and almost $20 cheaper than the Glocks. Trust me, you'll be glad you did!
Cougaram at Cabelas on 09/11/2009

Too heavy and too small

Sturdy little shovel but way too heavy for its size. Not a good choice for extended backpacking.
Peak Oiler at REI on 06/06/2009

piece of junk

It broke apart during first use. Peace of junk. Don't buy it.
Andy at Campmor on 07/07/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Heavy Shovel

For a backpacking shovel, this is a boulder versus a stone. This item may be durable, but it's only good for car camping.

I use it at campsites, and it works okay. But could be improved by removing what's not needed. Like the anvil style hammer head.

Which you cannot see to use, since you cannot see through solid objects.

I sawed it off, and Gerber mnay have it back. They can glue "it" onto the next shovel they sell some poor unsuspecting soul.

A rock drives in the tent stakes, so why the hammer / anvil head? To add unwanted weight, or because it's Nato approved.

If Nato wants to send someone to trail behind me when going uphill on a trek - they may, I won't complain in the least!

The head is too broad for agressive digging. The shape is improper for effective use.

In the West, the soil is not a clay formation - rather, it's alluvial sand like composition, with lots of stones.

I have feirce knives - camp style - 7 inches or longer, which will beat the proverbial pants off of this product.

Hardly does this product work. It looks cute, folds nice, and takes space.

Now what of the word: "Lightweight" ? For a minimalist / ultra light packer this is death in a hand basket.

For a run of the mill packer, this is a "stone" to be avoided.

For a car camper, the car is doing the carrying and not to worry too much.

Now what of the sheath for storage and carrying purposes?

The strap lets you carry the shovel one way, but but not the right way. Even if you are disposed to lug this albatross uphill, you can hardly secure it to the outside of your pack.

Better yet, use your phone, take a picture of this shovel, and you can impress everyone by showing them the picture and stating you own one of these shovels.

By doing this, you trully will be ""lightweight"".

REI carries better offerings, look carefully at what you will be using a shovel for. Otherwise, when you do need the shovel, you're going to be too tired to use it.
Ben.Zef at REI on 02/02/2012

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.
King Giant at REI on 06/06/2012

So so

Not bad quality, although not quite what I expected. It's a little small, even for a folding shovel. I can't see too many uses for this, other than digging a shallow fire pit or shoveling dirt to put out a small camp fire. Honestly I wish I had splurged on a larger folding shovel.
Ndsur at Cabelas on 09/19/2009