The Gerber Gorge Folding Shovel is very compact. This is both a positive and negative. On the one hand, as a camper intending on hiking this tool in to my camp site, I want it lightweight and space-saving. On the other hand, this is barely large enough for the simplest digging task. The tool is about the size of a large gardening spade but weighs about 2 or 3 times as much. However, the extra weight makes this a sold, durable tool able to reduce its overall length by 30% and do heavier tasks than a typical spade, like hammer in tent stakes.
If you want ultra-light, bring a spade. If you want a full-use shovel, get something much longer--like a real shovel. While this tool does not satisfy either of these extremes, if what you need a two day latrine hole, this will work without breaking your back.
I received the product quickly and with no problems. I would only recommend the Gerber Shovel to someone needing a compact tool for light use.
Cons: ... Compact...
Would recommend: Yes
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