Camp Shovels and Trowels

Brands

Coghlan's
U-Dig-It
Sea to Summit
Ultimate Survival Technologies
GSI Outdoors
TheTentLab
other
Red Snap'r
MontBell

Price

less than $25
$25 and above

Recent Camp Shovel/Trowel Reviews

Ultralight Backpacking Titanium Cathole Trowel

rated 5 of 5 stars Leave No Trace is a backpacker's greatest responsibility. Digging a cathole has become easy thanks to ultralight titanium trowels. They do not break like the orange plastic ones. They are super light, do not take up any space in a pack, carrabiner to the outside. Not too expensive. Everybody that backpacks and poops in the wilderness should have one. I got tried of the cheap, stupid, orange plastic cathole trowels that break all the time. I would end up using a stick, and it takes forever to dig… Full review

TheTentLab Deuce of Spades

rated 5 of 5 stars Great trowel, gets the job done at the same weight as titanium trowels, but for about 1/3 the cost. Thanks for the review, TJ. I wouldn't have thought there is so much to say about a trowel! I own one of these as well, got it off the original Kickstarter campaign. From your pics, TJ, it appears the final product went through some very minor design mods between the Kickstarter campaign and full retail. The little hole at the top of the handle on mine is not a "starburst" shape, and frankly I wonder… Full review

TheTentLab Deuce of Spades

rated 5 of 5 stars Overall, the Deuce of Spades is a cleverly designed latrine trowel that is incredibly lightweight, very strong, and takes up a very minimal amount of space. Makes an excellent gift for the backpacker who has just about everything. According to the manufacturer:" The Deuce of Spades is an ultralight backcountry latrine trowel that’s also the only trowel in the world that can be used right-side up AND UPSIDE DOWN. It only weighs .6 ounces but it’s super effective and ridiculously tough." Initial… Full review

U-Dig-It Folding Hand Shovel and Trowel

rated 4 of 5 stars A sturdy folding trowel for doing trowel-related business. Not exactly UL, but it won't break or bend even when prying rocks or chipping at compacted soil. Needless to say, this was a very popular item on our 8-person, 24-day hike on the JMT. The U-Dig-It Pro handled all that traffic with aplomb, allowing for safe and adequately deep deposits of bodily fruits in the Sierra's tough, rocky soils. My daughter kept it on one of the compression straps on the outside of her pack so it was always available… Full review

Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel

rated 5 of 5 stars Been a durable dependable camp tool for over 10 years. It has taken its share of abuse with rock, roots, and hard ground and shows no real sign of any plastic fatigue. This is one of our camp staples, both for car camping and backpacking. I find it more convenient than trying to find a stick that's strong enough to dig in our rocky CO soil or using the heel of my boot. Plus, when you gotta go, sometimes you gotta go and it's nice to just have the tool right there. It has worked for us for more than… Full review

Sea to Summit iPood Pocket Trowel

rated 4 of 5 stars I simply love it. It's great for digging out a fire pit and spreading dirt over the fire when you are ready to leave camp. It's worked great for the #2 calls in the woods.  I've never had issues with it not being sharp enough to cut through tougher soil, but it could be a lot sharper for those conditions. Full review

Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel

rated 5 of 5 stars I didn't really expect much from such a low-cost item but it has been durable during camping trips as well as working in the garden.  It seems to be about the same weight as other trowels that I have seen.  I like the orange color, it makes it easy to find. Full review

U-Dig-It Folding Hand Shovel and Trowel

rated 4 of 5 stars Ditto to the first review. Western desert and mountains don't like the orange plastic shovel that is so popular in camping stores. One metal shovel per group is a must. Full review

U-Dig-It Folding Hand Shovel and Trowel

rated 4 of 5 stars The Cordura sheath is beefy, eliminating any worries of the point damaging any of my gear. It folds easily, and the blade is sharp and durable. Field tested personally and it works very well, much better in fact than my previous plastic one. The hard ground in SoCal doesn't care how badly you have to go, and having a strong Stainless Steel blade has been a relief in certain situations (no pun intended). Full review