Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil® Dry Sacks
The Ultra-Sil® Dry Sack is the ideal dry sack for backpackers who need to protect their belongings from wet weather.
A toilet trowel may lack glamour but it is arguably an essential item in any hillwalker's pack - particularly if you're out overnight. You can't leave faeces lying around after all, and best practise is to bury it (see How to Poo Outdoors). However that does mean carrying something to dig with - ideally a lightweight, collapsible trowel designed for the purpose. The Reinforced Nylon Pocket Trowel from Sea to Summit is a solid, well-designed option.
At a tenner this may not be the absolute cheapest folding trowel available, but it is both light and tough, making it pretty good value. An alloy version is also available at a slightly less recommendable £23.
Contrary to what you might fear the trowel is for digging a hasty toilet hole, not literally shifting crap around - so there's no yuck factor in carrying it in your pack or even, as the name suggests, your pocket (if you insist).
The business end has a good scooped shape for moving quantities of earth, and is made of surprisingly tough nylon; however to contradict Sea to Summit's summary (below) I've found the cutting edge a bit blunt for very hard ground, particularly if you're trying to get through a dense covering of grass and roots - typical UK turfy, reedy hillsides for instance. Truth be told it's more shovel-shaped than the classic pointy trowel you might dig your garden with. This is no problem in looser soil of course.
This slides into the shovel end for compact carrying, making the whole thing a mere 15cm long. Inside the hollow handle there's storage space for some toilet roll, though if you have a meaningful quantity then it needs to be rolled very tight, and it's a fiddle to extract. There is not also room for the obligatory lighter (better to burn used paper than bury it, provided there's no fire risk).
While it may not cut through the toughest ground as efficiently as a gardening trowel it is far smaller and lighter. And you still end up with a hole eventually. However there is a catch - literally. Where the spadey bit overlaps the handle there's a sharp-edged plastic rim that unless careful you can snag your hand on painfully when digging with force. It would be better if this edge had been rounded off. Aside from that, there are no niggles. It digs; and that's about it.
An object of desire this is not, but the Reinforced Nylon Pocket Trowel does the earthy job required. Though in effect just a plastic spade this is a good one - light, durable and compact, and worth £10 of any walker's money. The hollow bogroll-stashing handle is a good idea too.
The cousin of our Pocket Trowel, this latest tool is made with extra tough reinforced nylon 66 to uphold your outdoor ethics in cold temperatures and hard ground.
For more info see seatosummit.co.uk
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