• Weight 17 Grams
  • Colours Lots!
  • Cost $58.41

Deuce Ultralight Backpacking Trowel

For when you gotta go


Rating: 8.5 / 10
Value for Money 2.0 / 2.5
Durability 2.0 / 2.5
Ease of use   2.0 / 2.5
Weight 2.5 / 2.5

Deuce Backpacking Trowel Review

This is a trowel for the ultra-lighters out there. Weighing in at 17 grams (no not a misprint) this ultra-lightweight aluminium trowel is so light and compact that it’s worthwhile getting one each which is what I did when I placed my order. There’s nothing worse than ‘needing to go’ and the person who has the trowel is nowhere to be seen.

The big benefit of this trowel is in the compactness and the weight. At 17 grams there is no excuse to not have a trowel. There are a huge range of colours so if being colour coordinated down to your trowel is important then you can’t go past the Deuce.

This weight and compactness also creates some drawbacks. While easy to use  in softer soils, I wouldn’t suggest taking it on a trail like the Larapinta which is essentially rocks with a bit of soil thrown in. On our trip we used a sturdier trowel and even then it took up to 20 minutes to dig a cathole  because we needed to shift rocks about of the way as we dug.

The other drawback with such a lightweight compact metal trowel is that it can be a bit harsh on the hands in harder soils. I find the handle a bit harsh in my large male hands.

Some gram-weenies will use sand pegs as a trowel option but this is definitely a better way to go as it has a decent sized digging surface, the edge is designed to cut though smaller roots, and it can also double as a tent peg if need be.

Heads up

  • Deuce trowels now also come in a lighter and slightly heavier model.
  • Some colours are cheaper than others so if you aren’t fussy choose on price

We Like

  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Huge range of colours
  • Cuts through smaller roots easily
  • Lifetime warranty from the manufacturer
  • Can double as a tent stake

We Don't Like

  • The edges can be a bit harsh on the hands when you are digging into hard soils
  • Not that useful when the soil is mainly rocks

Best Uses

  • A great ultralight trowel option for when the soil is not full of rocks

Buy One

You can purchase the Deuce Ultralight Trowel from Amazon Australia

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Other Versions

  • The Deuce #3 – 27.6 grams
  • The Deuce #1 – 12.8 grams


AUD$58.41 RRP

The freight is very minimal on this so buying from Amazon is very cost effective. My trowel order arrived within a week.

Duece of Spades

Duece of Spades in a large male hand


This review was done with product purchased by Australian Hiker

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