Great for backpacking. It is very lightweight and cost effective. It's not tiny, which is unfortunate and might be a problem if you are very intent on minimizing space for your pack. However, its shape makes it so you can put it in just about any pack, along the side (it's nice and slim). It's sturdy for being so lightweight, which I love. So it's a decent way to cut ounces of your pack, if you're going for lightweight backpacking. The quality isn't amazing (it is plastic, after all) so if you want something that will dig through rock or ice, maybe this isn't the tool for you. This has worked for me on hard, dry, well packed dirt, though.