"Somewhat tempermental, but space efficient and sturdy."
This thing is pretty good overall. It has a sweet carry bag, is small and light and has storage. All good features. It also seems very sturdy, the frame certainly won't break. That being said, the cap is difficult to remove, and a friend used it once and somehow ended up with the spring button out of the tube. It was easy to reassemble, however. I would buy it again, but I expect it to last a while, so I won't have to! Remember, never touch poo with the poo shovel.
I like this trowel, but it is not amazing. The trowel itself seems pretty solid in terms of leverage and it does not seem like it would break easily. I really like that this trowel is collapsible and comes with its own stuff sack. The one downside with this piece is that sometime the button that collapses it will stick and I can imagine this is worse in colder weather with gloves on.
After packing this shovel on a number of trips, I decided to remove the handle entirely. Now I just make a handle for it when I get to camp out of some appropriately sized wood, and save myself having to pack around the 2 ounces that the aluminum handle weighs. Great shape and design for the obvious digging of cat holes, also useful for a base when starting my fires / making tinder. Once you remove the handle you have a durable lightweight shovel head, and a 2 ounce aluminum toilet paper holder... in case a plastic bag doesn't protect your tp enough!
"Small and Light, but the locking mechanisim is a bit fiddly"
Trowel that does the job, small and light, throw it in the top of your pack and forget about it till nature calls.Only drawback is the locking mechanism, difficult to use under normal temps, frustrating to use when your fingers are cold on the side of a mountain.
Locks solid when extended, with only a minor rattle. Both handle and end cap buttons are pretty stiff at first - you'll need strong fingers and nails. The handle compartment is a great idea for paper and hand wipes. The trowel blade is stiff and sharp, but without any worry that it might rip through your pack. Does its job well.
"Great concept, lightweight, fit and finish leave a bit to be desired"
Does what its designed to do. However, the finish had a run in it. Yes, while merely cosmetic, it tells you something about their quality system. Also, the buttons to release the handle and compartment cover are extremely hard to fully depress. I'm not sure if someone without skinny fingers could pull it off without assistance of a tool or stick.
This is incredibly light - much better than the old foldable version from the army surplus! It folds up very compact and comes in a cute carrying bag. I did struggle a bit with pushing the button in to collapse it, so I stopped extending it all the way. I also like the storage compartment, but had the difficulty with opening that part. With those flaws in mind it's a bit pricey. I'd say to wait for a sale for this one.
There are four key features that make this product worth getting (in my opinion):1. Lightweight (2.6 oz)2. Packs small (the handle slides over the face of the trowel to half the pack size)3. Hollow handle (store hand sanitizer or some toilet paper)4. It keeps your excrement in the ground, not on the trail or in the water