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GSI Outdoors Cathole Trowel

Item # GSI30219

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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.

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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.

  • Recycled polycarbonate construction
  • 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"

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Pooper scooper!

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.

Reviewed by John W. - October 22, 2016
Digs holes consistently and affordably

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.

Reviewed by Jon A. - July 23, 2016
Strong and light

Likes: Very lightweight, very sturdy. I like the handy "leave no trace" instructions on the back that outline how to properly, uhh, go poo in the forest. I also like the measurement marks to ensure you are digging to the proper depth.

Dislikes: I could see it breaking if you hit a rock or a hard root but that's likely true of any plastic trowel.

Reviewed by Ryan H. - March 16, 2016
great for catholes

Likes: nice little shovel and its made from recycled materials

Dislikes: mines black instead of green like pictured but no deal breaker

Reviewed by Chris K. - September 5, 2015

Likes: Works great, lightweight. I just hang it on the outside of my pack.

Dislikes: Nothing. No dislikes

Reviewed by James B. - February 16, 2015

Likes: It's not always something you think about needing when you go out camping, but it's definitely important. It's a strong and durable trowel, and the Leave No Trace usage guidelines are a nice touch.

Dislikes: Nothing. I have no complaints.

Reviewed by Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer - April 18, 2014

Likes: Great build quality - like a tank. Works much better than a tent peg...

Dislikes: A little heavy

Reviewed by Inside Edge M. - March 25, 2014

Likes: Wife thought it was a knife. has a lot of jagged edges. Seems light and made from recycled products. It'll work for it is designed for and maybe a few other functions.

Dislikes: nothing

Reviewed by Eric M. - February 7, 2014

Likes: light weight and has a good edge and design for tougher dirt.

Dislikes: nothing

Reviewed by Rick S. - November 28, 2013

Likes: This trowel is well made and appears to be sturdy enough to "take care of business". I like that it is recycled from other plastic products. I will find out about its durability next weekend when I take it on its first mission. Until then it looks 'solid'.

Dislikes: I was kind of thinking my trowel would be transparent green like the one pictured. Mine was black. It'll perform it's duty though so that's just a minor nit pick.

Reviewed by Jim R. - October 4, 2013