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    46 Reviews


    Leave no trace.

    With a clever design, the Sea to Summit Trowel helps you practice a lightweight Leave No Trace ethic. Sea to Summit made this pack trowel out of super strong, lightweight reinforced nylon 66, so it digs cat holes in compact soil with ease, leaving you no excuse to improperly dispose of human waste in the backcountry. Push the button back to collapse the blade against the handle by pushing the button lock, while the hollow handle stores an emergency lighter or biodegradable toilet paper.

    • Compact, lightweight trowel for backpacking in wild places
    • Reinforced nylon is light and easy to dig in compact soil
    • Collapsible blade packs small
    • Hollow handle packs biodegradable toilet paper
    • Item #STS0013

    Tech Specs

    reinforced nylon
    Claimed Weight
    3 oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, camping
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Not my favorite.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I ended up returning this item. Some pieces plopped off immediately like the little buttons that are used to extend the handle. It got stuck immediately and I had to detach the whole handle to get it back out. The pins were constantly plopping out which is not something I should be dealing with!

    Another defective thing that I had the hardest time with was opening the little storage box. I still cannot get it open. I don't think it should be something that is this tough so I assume it is defective. I can't imagine trying to pull out TP or something when I struggle to even get the box open.

    One downside I found as well is there is no loops to attach a biner to for easy access.

    It is a super neat idea but not very functional.

    I dig it.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    It's a trowel that doesn't take up much weight or space. What more could you want? Maybe one that doesn't pinch you if you're not careful. I blame user error on that one.

    Look forward to using it

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Saying goodbye to digging with rocks. Looking forward to use this little too for bathroom trips and digging pits on backcountry trips. It does seem slightly flimsy right out of the box unfortunately. I am sure in the soft dirt of the Wasatch and Uintas it will work fine.

    Soft Ground

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These are soft ground friendly. The nylon material makes it a little weaker to harder ground. If you are looking for a more durable option look to the Alloy one.

    Still works

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Mine hasn't broken yet, but I'm still nervous. I live in the desert, so the soil gets hard and dry, toward the end of summer. I probably should I picked up the metal one.

    Seems Decent

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    This has a pretty clever design, but the execution is only mediocre. The mechanism to slide the handle in and out seemed pretty sticky, but it's nice to have something small and lightweight. It doesn't feel the most durable, but definitely strong enough to dig a hole, and as this was a gift for a very occasional hiker/backpacker, I think it will do the trick!

    Definitely did the job

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I took this with me for "brown blazing" the John Muir Trail.

    It packs up relatively small and is pretty light. It survived 260+ miles of hiking this summer with two people using it, so it for sure does the job.

    The thing is that it could definitely be lighter and a bit sturdier. It did not break but I felt like I had to be a bit careful in harder ground, and sometimes it was tough to get down the 6 inches you are supposed to.

    Definitely works but my advice is to buy something metal, or better yet a super oversized stake. This is what many fellow JMTers did and their "shovels" were lighter and worked better in hard ground.

    I will not be taking this on any more thru hikes. I will keep it around for car camping and weekend trips until it fails but I certainly wont be replacing it with another one.

    Great idea but needs some improvement

      Great idea but needs some improvement. I like that it collapses and saves space but it needs more durable pins to keep it locked. Getting into the storage compartment is also very difficult.


      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      This shovel is super cool, cute, and practical! It looks as though it will fit super nice in a backpack for those long trips, and make diggin way easier! The only thing is it has a tendency to bounce out of the pins that keep it in place when opening and closing it.

      The metal one is better

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I tried this because I thought it would be light weight and compact, but it really doesn't hold up to regular use. It can't cut into hard dirt at all. The GSI trowel would be a better bet if you want a light weight plastic trowel. If you are dead set on the sea to summit design get the metal version. It is more expensive but does a better job than this one.

      Piece of crap.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I used this trowel on three separate trips and it broke every single time. Maybe if you were digging a hole in sand it would be alright. Otherwise it just collapses. Awful, especially when the clock is ticking. Garbage.

      Great idea, average product.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have used 3 of these in the last 3 year (people keep giving them too me as gifts...) The concept for them is good, and the size and weight are great. However, the rest of it is crap! Shakey handle, too small a blade and breaks too easy. This trowel has left me needing to play poo golf too many times because of its ineffectiveness. I don't like playing poo golf. In all honestly got by a $3 trowel from your local Hardwear store, it won't be a short but it won't fail you when it counts.

      Works but needs improvements.

        This trowel is super lightweight and does get the job done but needs improvement. The handle gets stuck and can be a pain to close and store. I didn't have issues with the trowel when digging, I was also on soft ground. After Sea To Summit improves the item, I would rate more stars.


          I was a little disappointed in this product by Sea to Summit. Typically Sea to Summit has solid products, but this trowel left me wanting more. When I first pulled it out of the box I was impressed that it was very light weight and seemed to be made out of bomb proof material. I was also excited about how it could collapse in to itself for easier storage. Unfortunately, it was latter feature the ended up upsetting me the most. After I had dug my first waste hole, I noticed that the trowel was having trouble closing. I soon figured out that if any dirt or sand gets on the trowel it is almost impossible to close. This is unfortunate, because trowels are made to dig in dirt. As you can see in the picture, there are several scrapes marks from me trying to close it. I hope Sea to Summit addresses this issue, because this could be an amazing product!


          Good concept, poor execution, but adequate

            In concept, this is an attractive option in that it's packable, light, and attractive (relatively speaking). I also like the addition of leave no trace logo. But there are couple of issues with how these concepts were implemented. The collapsible blade/handle is a good idea, but the bush button is the only thing that provides resistance and the circumference of the handle isn't very snug against the sheath of the blade. Naturally, the blade never feels quite solid with the handle. And as other reviewers have mentioned, the cap to the handle isn't very easy to remove (though perhaps it may loosen with use). The saving grace is the materials are pretty strong for the weight, so it'll get most of your poo digging jobs done.

            Good concept, poor execution, but adequate

            good, not great.

              Expensive but durable. Better than a plastic fantastic trowel from the dollar store. The handle can be very hard to close, but when it does - this thing packs down small. The end cap to get "inside" the handle is also really tough to open. Nice thought on the product, but how much can you expect out of a poop shovel?

              Does it say iPOOD on the trowel or...

              Does it say iPOOD on the trowel or packaging?

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              It says it on the packaging and it comes w/ a storage sack which says it also about 3.5cm long. There is also an "ipood!" logo on the end of the handle.Mine did not come with a storage sack, but it does say "iPOOD!" on the handle of the trowel itself, and a small logo on the end of the handle. There is also a "Leave No Trace" logo at the top end of the handle, closest to the trowel blade.