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.
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.
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!
Simple 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.
Stronger than plastic,Lighter than steel
Let's compare this to the U-Dig-It and Sanitation Trowel that REI carries.
This is stronger than the sanitation trowel yet only 1 oz heavier.
The U-Dig-It doesn't have serrated edges or measurements and the lock can be somewhat flimsy.
It is also very green(literally). The only con about this might be using it as a spoon since it has BPA.
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.
It 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.
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.
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.
This product is a backpacking trowel for waste disposal. My only complaint is that the color of the trowel is too dark.