• Weight 84 Grams
  • Colours Varies
  • Cost $15.95

GSI Cathole Trowel

For when you have to go!


Rating: 9.3 / 10
Value for Money 2.3 / 2.5
Durability 2.4 / 2.5
Ease of use 2.4 / 2.5
Weight   2.2 / 2.5

GSI Cathole Trowel Review

While I’m working on trying to drop weight from my hiking kit I am finding that I won’t sacrifice usability just to save a few grams. The GSI Cathole Trowel falls into that category and has now become my  ‘Goldilocks’ trowel; not too heavy, not to light, just right. In doing this review I scoured my house for my two year old trowel (I know it’s here somewhere) but I just couldn’t find it so given the minimal price I shelled out for a new one. This trowel is made from recycled polycarbonate (Lexan) and weighs in at 84 grams (including the lanyard) which is nowhere near as light at the recently reviewed Deuce Trowel.  It is however the most functional and comfortable trowel I have used over the past few years.

Now I mentioned the little lanyard and this is an important feature as I clip a small carabiner on the lanyard which then hangs off my pack. I’m not a fan of having loose things flapping about so I will then tuck this trowel into the external stretch pocket of the pack.

My original trowel is black however you will usually see this advertised as ‘various colours’ so my new unit which turned up in the mail is a transparent yellow colour.

Now for the reasons that I love this so much. Unlike the ultralight trowels the handle on the GSI Cathole Trowel is very comfortable, particularly for my larger hands. This was also the trowel that we took on the Larapinta Trail and while it still took anywhere up to 20 minutes to dig a cathole due to the extremely rocky soil at no stage did it feel like I was going to break it.

As a couple or as a solo hiker we now bring along the GSI Cathole Trowel and for all our longer hikes.

We Like

  • Lightish in weight at 84 grams
  • Very comfortable to use
  • Will cope with rocky soils without breaking or bending. 

We Don't Like

  • Not the cheapest trowel on the market but well worth the price

Best Uses

  • An excellent trowel for all soil types including very rocky soil

Buy One

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$12.95 AUD

GSI Cathole Trowel in transparent yellow. The colours will vary on this trowel and often what turns up in the post is a surprise

GSI Cathole Trowel tip. The serrations on the tip of the trowel won’t cut you but they do help dig in tougher soil. You can also just see the measuring marks on the this trowel

GSI Trowel Black with carabiner. The carabiner is optional but I clip it onto the back of the pack and put the trowel itself into the mesh stretch pocket to it doesn’t flap around


This review was done with product purchased by Australian Hiker

Last updated

24 March 2024

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