TheTentLab Deuce Ultralight Backpacking Potty Trowel

Last updated: April 21, 2021


Although these trowels are specifically designed to dig catholes for hikers and campers, they can also be used to dig holes for tent spikes. If you want to use them when gardening, you certainly can, as they are made from an aerospace-grade aluminum. You can even purchase the trowel in one of 23 different colors.

We looked at the top Trowels and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Trowel you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: Why not add a little brightness to your day with this trowel, which comes in red, gold, forest green, ice blue, orange and many other colors.

In our analysis of 47 expert reviews, the TheTentLab Deuce Ultralight Potty Trowel placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

An excellent aid to leave no trace backpacking – it really helps you doo-doo the right thing. Its large scoop makes mockery of tent stakes or trekking poles for digging. Use the length to gauge if your cat-hole is deep enough.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

This cleverly designed 6.8″ tool can be held at either end, depending whether you need to dig with the narrow end or scoop with the wide end.
The broader end is great for scooping out loose undergrounds, whilst the slimmer end can be used as a targeted probe to dig into tougher undergrounds.
At no point during our testing did The Deuce ever feel like it was going to bend or break, even when we were driving it into some of the hardest dirt we could find.
You'll be hard pressed to find any trowel lighter than half an ounce and since it's made of aluminum it will last forever.
Made from stiff, durable 7075-T6 aluminum, the Deuce weighs in at a paltry 0.6 ounce, features sharp edges for slicing through hard dirt and small roots, and can be used in either direction for digging (the narrower handle end provides more power for excavating really hard ground).
Since it is so fine, it easily penetrates hard soil, but it is not sharp enough that you need to worry about hurting yourself.
There is a hole at the end of the handle which can be used to fashion a rope handle, or to hang it or tie it to your pack as desired.
Smaller, so it is more compact and fits in a ziplock with hand sanitizer easily.
- PMags

What reviewers didn't like

The only minor con is that some backpackers report that the Deuce Ultralight Backpacking Potty Trowel is slightly trickier to use due to its lack of proper handle.
Really, the only negative we experienced was that the handle could dig into your palms a little bit.
The thin edges dig into your palm and fingers as you use it, especially if you’re really gripping and working hard on tough ground.
One thing to notice is that this is an ultralight model, and that means that it does not have a wooden handle. It is not ergonomic and can be bothersome if you are in a hurry, but otherwise not a big problem.
The handle can be a little awkward to use…but you are only using it a few minutes a day. Some people have found this to be an issue; I have not.
- PMags
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