The Deuce of Spades™ | TheTentLab

Backcountry Potty Trowel —The Deuce of Spades™

(a successful Kickstarter project) **Dealer inquiries welcome - and Liberty Mountain distributes us too**

.6 ounces (17 grams)----- IN STOCK! GET ONE NOW!
With apologies to John Muir.

This trowel is a “simple” little thing I came up with a couple of years ago. It looks as self-explanatory as one can imagine. How much could there be to a backpacking trowel after all? This one is delightfully deceptive - you really have to use it for yourself to see how surprisingly light, effective and tough this trowel really is. Added to that is a mind-bending stealth feature: you can use it handle-down for FOUR TIMES the digging power in hard ground. Use the handle end for breaking up tough dirt and wheedling out rocks; then use the scoop end to get it out quickly and easily. The combination makes the Deuce out-dig every other trowel, stick, or stake hands down. Anyone who poops in the woods should have this baby in their pack!

• revolutionary new design: it can be used handle UP or handle DOWN!!
– QUADRUPLES the edge pressure for hard ground!
• weighs just under .600 ounces, 17 grams, the weight of
3 quarters
• digs down and carves unusually well because of its thinness
• large scoop makes mockery of tent stakes or trekking poles for digging
• cuts right through small roots
• elegant, minimalist design
• strong and tough because it’s made of aerospace grade 7075-T6 aluminum
• works as a sand stake but even better for burying other things as sand anchors
• a great gift - no matter how many toys they have, they ain’t got this yet
• formed in Denver, Colorado by Arrow Sheet Metal (ISO 9001 certified)
• anodized by Saporito Finishing in Cicero, Illinois
• engraved in Denver, Colorado by
Sterling Edge
• designed to need no packaging
• nice colors: red, rose, gold, green, light green, blue, bright blue, orange, and black (no more purple, sorry)
• pretty funny: it makes a very good boot- or shoe-horn
• 100% recyclable
• Yes, yes, yes. You CAN open a beer bottle with it.
• seriously perfect sandcastle sculpting tool
• you CAN fly with it in your carry-on
• at least one woman has used it as a standing-pee device - you go girl!
• MSRP: $20-$22

TWO WAY DIGGING! Use it Upside Down in hard dirt - Yes, really

up-down digging

Technique & Introduction Video

Point six ounces – .6 ounces - that’s crazy light! What else weighs about that?

OK, it's light. What's the tradeoff?
Very simple: some handle comfort. Even taking advantage of the upside-down feature and even after you’ve worn the edges to a just-so textured roundness, it is fair to say it’s impressive, but to call it actually comfortable would be stretching it. Considering it’s going to be carried for hours and hours and only be used for a few minutes a day, this seems like a reasonable tradeoff. Probably it’s a tradeoff virtually everyone would make if they were the ones designing it.

A Confession
I, like my father and his father before him, was one of those “turn over a rock” types in the backcountry. My defense: I ONLY pooped in remote sites nowhere near trails or camps and NEVER left any outward trace of my activity. That might have been good enough in my early years but things are getting really crowded out there. Then I saw a study that shows pretty well that putting a rock over buried poop is exactly the wrong thing to do because decomposition needs water percolating down to it from the surface. So pooping under a rock is right out - even for remote locations.
Then there's the sad state of affairs of heavily used trails - AT, PCT, CDT, John Muir Trail. Man those trails are getting hammered with poop. And the maintenance crews are literally getting the shitty end of the, um, rock, time and time again. I mean, YUK! What a horrible thing for volunteers to have to deal with.
So how about this: I'll make an incredibly lightweight trowel, THE coolest, THE most
designy, and THE most effective potty trowel in the world — one that you can be proud to whip out in mixed company — so carrying it and digging a proper poop-hole will be easy-peasy, deal?

Deuce 2016 color group 772
Bright Blue, Light Green, Rose, Gold, Green, Orange, RED, Blue, Black

To Be Clear
I’m not claiming that the Deuce is the absolute lightest trowel in the world (though it is by far the lightest trowel available in stores). To my knowledge there is one lighter, the smallest of these. If you prefer it over the Deuce, please buy it from QiWiz. I don’t know him but I hear he’s a good guy. That said, if you're willing to tradeoff most anything for weight, we often have extra-lightweight Deuces for sale at the bottom of the order page. The lightest one currently available is 14.50g (.511 oz).


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I feel like there needs to be a “Two Headed Deuce” dance video in here but darned if it doesn’t continue to elude me.