Best Folding Shovel Of 2017
The universal tool of the GI, Prepper, and campers everywhere
Used in war and peace the famous entrenching tool dates back through both World Wars and every war since according to an old motto, "When the going gets rough, the tough dig and dig fast." That's why the folding shovel should be in every kit for anyone who wants to go out in the wild.
You cannot make camp without one. You need one to dig a fire pit, clear a campsite, of course, dig a latrine as well. But, in an emergency, it will excavate you a dugout that you can line with leaves, pine needles, and cover with branches. You then have a survival shelter that can keep you warm and comfortable.
In the winter, having a portable shovel can be the difference between life and death. You can build a snow shelter, create a hollow in the snow near a tree, and pile up a windbreak that blocks the cold wind from robbing you of your body's heat.
For these reasons and many more, you need to have a good folding shovel with you whenever you venture out into the wild. It doesn't matter if it is for hiking, camping, or you are a member of a First Responder Team. You never know when you will need the use of this versatile tool where being able to dig foxholes or trenches creates a place of sanctuary.
The art of entrenching and using tools like it have been indispensable tools of the military since the days of Caesar. Today you will be introduced to 5 of the best folding shovels on the Net. Tools that any Roman Legionnaire would have given their eyeteeth to have that now, you can get with just the click of a mouse.
**Below, you'll find our more detailed reviews, but you can also click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.
Here you have the tool you need when you hit the trail hiking or camping. It is lightweight and adjusts to different configurations as needed. That mean you can cut brush around a campsite.
You can switch to spade mode to break below that first layer of tough ground that often stop those trying to dig using their hand shovels or bush knives. It folds into a compact shape that takes up just a small amount of space in your backpack or fastens to the outside of a load bearing harness.
- While it is not as sturdy as the military issue entrenching tool or may be used for any heavy-duty use, For the average camper it is ideal to clear a small campsite and do the routine chores needed to run a camp
- Great little tool for when I camp out over a weekend not prep for invasion
- If you want to dig three deep trenches, you need to look for a more heavy-duty portable shovel. However, if you need work around your campsite done you get what you pay for in a small an economical package
- Small enough to fit in a day back, you have the balance between economics, weight, and size
- Made of lightweight aluminum instead of either stainless steel or iron it is not as rugged as the Marine issue entrenching tool. However, for small tasks, it works pretty well
- Read the ad carefully, and you won't be disappointed I expected a much larger tool than what I received; this is not your father's entrenching tool
Ergonomically designed to provide you with either a hand shovel for it almost 30 inch entrenching tool, the head is adjustable to 45 and 90° with a serrated chopping edge and measuring scale as well. It will fold four times for you and fit into its attached pouch.
So, the next time you're setting up camp for you get stuck in the woods at night you can quite easily construct yourself a do-it-yourself campsite with campfire as well is creating your own shelter with ease.
To go along with all that you get a lifetime replacement warranty as well for a replacement portable folding shovel or a refund of all your money.
- Versatile and makes short work of brush in my garden and when I go camping
- Goes together in sections and I get a shovel sized to the work I am doing
- Sturdy and holds up to the uses I put it to
- With all that it does, it still only weighs 2-1/2 pounds
- I wish they would have replaced some of the more useless items with some things I could actually use
- You need to torque the sections together to keep it from loosening up when using it
With the Multitool, we have winter car survival tool or one to use if you get your wheels caught in the mud. For a camper, it is also useful for chores around the camp. It has a number of addition features like and an extendable handle that grows itself to give you the extra length you need to use to dig a small trench, dugout, or snow shelter.
If your car is stuck or disabled, it will allow you the means to create a haven if you can't use the vehicle to heat yourself with. It has a knife/saw, handle compass and a firestarter, all nice to have tools to have in your trunk or your backpack.
- Has everything I want in addition to my usual camp gear
- I would use most of this stuff, but it is nice to have just in case. I bought it for the shovel, which I keep with my Space Blanket and other cold weather emergency stuff in the car. I don't imagine having to build a campsite along I65. However, there are always blizzards in Indiana and rest stops are a long way apart heading down to Indy.
- The Shovel is great. But the add-ons don't really interest me
When you want the best in a Folding Shovel, you need to turn to the one that Uncle Sam has issued for years. This one is a trifolder, and unlike the current NATOissue, doesn't use that screw tightening mechanism that fouls and becomes useless in the field, no cheap substitutes here.
You have an aluminum handle, and High Carbon Steel bladed head. Unlike many of the other brands that outsource to China the company is still making its products in Michigan.
- Tough, and I have 3, One in each of my vehicles
- You can dig a trench, lay a waterline in your crawlspace and dig a moat around your daughter's sand castle on the beach
- I used mine at the beach, and it goes through sand, old coral, and seashells with ease. Rinse it off and oil it and it is ready to do it all over the next weekend
- It's heavier than other models, and that just means it'll handle the load better
- Rugged and adjustable to the different angles you want to do the various roles you need to be done when you are in the field from sheltering, brush clearing, and putting a drainage trench around camp to keep your sleeping bags dry.
- The original, while sturdy is weighty and that is one reason Ames lost out to Gerber. Otherwise, it is still able to handle more abuse before being destroyed in the field
Here is what the person who needs a folding shovel wants a sturdy little tool that is Johnny-On-The-Spot when you need to dig your way out of trouble. It fits in with most Camping/Hiking load-out and wouldn't weigh you down. The Gerber name says it all and ensures you have a product that will do the job and holds up out in the field.
With this Folding shovel, you have the last piece of Hiking, Camping and Survival gear you will ever need. You can dig your camp's basic needs like a fire pit, shelter construction, and dig yourself a Hawaiian-style Luau Pig Pit.
- You'll now be digging all your foxholes with this Gerber if you work for the USMC. However, it will also handle light camp work and latrine duties as well
- Small, lightweight, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t made for heavy digging. It is a small camping shovel that helps you keep your campsite cleared and squared away
- If you need to remove brush, you need to ready your campfire this is your tool of choice. It is about as long as your arm from elbow to fingertip and will do the camp chores you want to be done
- The Gerber's Achilles heel is the hinge. While it can only handle 750 whacks going head to head with Aims at 900 + for the original. The Gerber only required a new bolt before it was back in service. It is strong enough to handle being used as a pick in hard soil. For sand and loose soil, it is ok. However, don't expect to be moving the rock of Gibraltar. But you can dig a ditch with it
Today you've seen what 5 of the many makers of Portable Shovels have to offer. This reviewer while enamored with the original E-Tool made by AMES, which has been making the things the military needs since 1946, concedes that the Gerber is just a tad better.
The other 3 are commercial variants made for campers, Preppers, and hikers who have similar needs are good all around survival gear to be put in the trunk of a car as part of your survival kit. However, the Gerber wins out for endurance, low weight and the AMES' original is still the best for heavy-duty digging.
But, that is this reviewer's opinion, and after you have looked at all 5 yourself, you may come to a different conclusion based on your particular needs. That is fine with us as our job is to find the products that will aid you in your outdoor needs and let you decide on what you want and ultimately need.