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GSI Outdoors Cathole Trowel

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Item # GSI30219
Due to BPA concerns, GSI Outdoors has ceased to use Lexan polycarbonate in its tableware. Rather than allowing old product to end up in a landfill, GSI Outdoors has recycled the Lexan to build the Cathole Trowel, a sturdy backcountry tool.



Due to BPA concerns, GSI Outdoors has ceased to use virtually unbreakable Lexan polycarbonate in its tableware and food storage products. Rather than allowing old product and materials to end up in a landfill, GSI Outdoors has landed on the perfect solution by recycling the Lexan and unveiling the Cathole Trowel, a durable backcountry tool. Serrated edges make for easy digging even in the most stubborn soil.

GSI Outdoors is donating 1% of the sales of the Cathole Trowel to Leave No Trace, an organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors. Leave No Trace usage guidelines are molded into the back of each Cathole Trowel. NOTE: Due to the use of recycled content, colors may vary slightly.

  • Recycled polycarbonate construction
  • NOTE: Due to the use of recycled content, colors may vary slightly.
  • Serrated edges for easy digging
  • Leave No Trace usage guidelines molded onto back of trowel
  • Weighs 3.1 oz
  • Measures 10.3" x 2.6" x 1.0"


Real Customer Reviews

Average Rating:
(based on 31 real customer reviews)

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Does Exactly What Is Expected
Reviewed by Elias A. - January 18, 2019

Likes: Super affordable, very durable, and easy to use. Exactly what is expected with the purchase.

Dislikes: Slightly bulky, so it's hard to find a perfect spot for it in my pack. Also not the most lightweight, but you're paying 1/4 of the price of the Tentlab "Deuce"

It's a trowel...
Reviewed by HotCanary - September 2, 2018

Likes: Looks sturdy...

Dislikes: Doubt I'll use it for backpacking, but useful for float trips.

Does what it was mean't to do.
Reviewed by Reuben B. - August 10, 2018

Likes: I like the measurements on it and the fact that it's recycled. Mine is clear but who cares. It's for digging poop holes. Heck of a turd trowel.

Dislikes: It's supposed to be made from their unbreakable plastic products but somehow it feels brittle. Probably not though. If so, it was only $5 instead of $25-$30 for a deuce of spades. Ill take a couple extra ounces to save $25.

Good for environment
Reviewed by Srawut K. - February 23, 2018

Likes: Useful in the backcountry, not concerned to find a stick to digging soil.

Dislikes: Green color is look like to white color, but still okay

does what it needs to do
Reviewed by Alex - September 8, 2017

Likes: durable and long design for good digging

Dislikes: on the heavier side, and not very compact. long design may take up quite a bit of pack space

Works fine, but camouflage-colored.
Reviewed by KB - August 29, 2017

Likes: Recycled, lightweight, has measurements on it. Works just like it's supposed to.

Dislikes: Not bright green like the product picture. The one I received is more of a brown/dark green swirl, meaning it is camouflaged outside. We almost left it behind at one campsite! This is probably due to being made from recycled materials, though, and you can easily clip something bright to it to give it some visibility.

Shovel it!
Reviewed by Ryan R. - June 11, 2017

Likes: This little bad boy digs a mighty fine hole for poo.

Dislikes: None.

What can I say?
Reviewed by Chris L. - February 1, 2017

Likes: It does its job. I love that it is lightweight and strong.

Dislikes: None

Pooper scooper!
Reviewed by John W. - October 22, 2016

Likes: Well it digs holes pretty good, and it has measurements on it that come in handy.

I also like that it has instructions for use which could come in handy for people who don't know what they are doing.

Dislikes: It's a little heavy for what it is.

Digs holes consistently and affordably
Reviewed by Jon A. - July 23, 2016

Likes: I won't be caught in the backcountry without this trowel. Sure, some ultralight backpackers scoff at the idea of carrying a trowel. When nature calls however, improvising a way to dig is about the last thing I want to do. This product admirably handles the job of digging sufficiently deep holes. The handle is comfortable for holding, with ribbing to lighten the weight. Embossed instructions on the back and depth markers on the front help you to leave no trace.

Dislikes: At 3.1 oz, it's not the lightest trowel around, but it's still pretty light.

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