The Tentlab The Deuce of Spades Backcountry Potty Trowel, 0.6 ounces
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- Crazy lightweight at just under .6 ounces (17 grams) – the weight of 3 1/2 teaspoons of water. You'll never notice the Deuce in your pack.
- Only 6.8 x 2.6 inches and it fits neatly against toilet paper or a water bottle. Use the length to make sure you've dug your cathole a full 6 inches deep.
- Revolutionary design can be used handle down for 4 times the digging power in hard ground. The large scoop makes mockery of "digging tools” like sticks, boot heels, trekking poles or tent stakes!
- Made from strong, tough 7075-T6 aluminum, it’s just a little flexible due to its thinness but that’s also why the Deuce digs down and slices right through small roots unusually well.
- Lifetime Warranty for years of impressive service - guaranteed durability or we'll replace it!
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TheTentlab's Deuce® (formerly called "The Deuce of Spades") is a dramtically minimalist backpacking trowel. It looks as self-explanatory as one can imagine. How much could there be to a backpacking trowel after all? This one is delightfully deceptive - you really have to use it for yourself to see how surprisingly light, effective and tough this trowel really is. It's unique, mind-bending stealth feature, is that you can use it handle-down for 4 TIMES the digging power in hard ground. Use the handle end for breaking up tough dirt and wheedling out rocks; then use the scoop end to pull the dirt out quickly and easily. The combination makes the Deuce out-dig every other trowel, stick, or stake hands down. Anyone who poops in the woods should have this baby in their pack! Okay, it's almost impossibly lightweight, what's the tradeoff? Very simple: some handle comfort. The Deuce is light because it's thin - so there's a balance to be struck between carrying it's weight for hours and hours, and how its edges feel against your hand for the few minutes a day you spend actually digging with it. With thousands of Deuces sold, we can honestly claim the balance is right (probably exactly where most backpackers would put it if they were designing it for themselves). It's fun hearing what else our customers do with it: it's a great shoehorn; it's a good sand stake; it's allowed in carryon luggage; it's handy for bear canister screws; you can open beer bottle with it (like that's not a core function - ha!). What else?
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Really is a 4.5 star product as you don't have a choice in the color. Mine is a bright orange which clashes with all of my pants.
And probably is if you live in a place with good soil.
I don't. I live in Colorado, and when up in the mountains, well, lets just say that this doesn't dig in moderately rocky soil for s*t. And when you have to s*t you really don't want to play games.
-super light weight
- fits around a nalgene when in a water bottle holder.
- point strong enouigh to break soil easily.
The handle flexed a bit when digging deep but if you break the soil with the tip and then pull out less material when digging it works great
- I put some 550 cord through the hole on the bottom as a leash but was afraid the teeth would dig into the rope, after 3 weeks of use and abuse against a water bottle there was no wear on the rope.
Although I read all the reviews which mostly favor this product. I would question the 5 star product reviews stating this is a great product. They must be digging in their kitty litter box or planting boxes. Everywhere I have camped on the AT and ADK I normally experience dry clay.
PRO - This product is lightweight if your trying to reduce pack weight..
CON - Too flimsy and useless in dry clay soil conditions.
Sand, loam and peat I can see this product performing as it was intended. However, in clay conditions, this product is worthless.
Honestly I do not believe it is worth the $20 value. The retailer believes sticks, boot heels, trekking poles or tent stakes are not viable options... however, these things do an equal job and cost you $20 less. Oh and small roots.... they must be referring to grass roots. Not impressed! Best use is for building sand castles at the beach.