I hike with my kids (ages 2 & 4) a lot.

At least 3 times per week but usually more like 5-6 days a week in the summer.

This means that I dig a cathole for one of my children at least once a week.

I don’t know what it is, but my kids never seem to have to poop until we start hiking and then they wait until we are at least a half-mile away from the nearest outhouse to tell me that they have to go.

They think it’s fun to dig a cathole, bury their poop and put their TP in a ziploc bag. I think it’s important for them to learn how to shit in the woods so I’m okay with this crappy situation.

Is that too much information or can you relate to me here?

In the past, I’ve hiked with a small gardening trowl but it wasn’t always super awesome in hard packed or rocky soil. And it certainly wasn’t small enough or light enough for me.

When you’re hiking with kids and hauling them + their gear + your gear every ounce matters.

When I heard about the Deuce of Spades I knew that it was a product that I thought you’d all like so I asked for a few donations for our #Hike2015 giveaways. I was totally excited when The Tent Lab (which makes the Deuce of Spades) threw in an extra for me to try out too.

Here’s the scoop on the Deuce of Spades.

MSRP: $20.00


  • You can dig with either side depending on the terrain. 
  • This product weighs less than .6 ounces, a total win in my book.
  • The Deuce of Spades is strong, go ahead and try to break it, I bet you can’t.
  • This product has a sleek, minimalist design and comes in a whole bunch of bright funky colors. I like this. It’s easy to see when I’m digging through my Ribz. 

The Good:

  • This product works in nice soft dirty and rough, rocky dirt. I’m anxious to try it this winter on frozen ground.

  • This product is small and packable.

  • I like versatile products. The Deuce of Spads can also be used as an emergency tent stake and I may or may not use it in my garden to yank out weeds too.

  • I’m tired of buying products from gear companies that are Made in China. C’mon let’s keep that money here in the good old US of A. This product is Colorado made. That means a lot to me.

Things I’d Change:

  • Absolutely nothing.

The Final Verdict:

  • 5 stars out of 5 stars. This is a super clever product!
Note: TentLab generously provided this Deuce of Spades for me to test along with several others for our #Hike2015 challenge prizes. I try to be honest with all of my reviews, even when I’m given free gear. You can check out my full policy here. Since I’ve only used this product for a few months I do promise a follow-up in a year after some frozen winter ground use.

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