Backcountry Potty Trowel —The Deuce®; (a successful Kickstarter project)
Dealer inquiries welcome (Liberty Mountain distributes us too)
• The "Deuce of Spades" is now just called "The Deuce®"
• In a flash of the obvious, the color "Bright Blue" has been renamed "Ice" to better describe this frosty blue color. Bonus: Now we have both Fire! and Ice colors.
• US shipping on The Deuce® is free (with no minimum purchase)!
• The Deuce® has a lifetime warranty (and it's retroactive to every Deuce® ever made)!
.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, however, is delightfully deceptive - you really have to use it for yourself to understand how surprisingly light, effective and tough this trowel really is. It also has a mind-bending stealth feature: you can use it handle-down for FOUR TIMES the digging power in hard ground.
Use the handle end to perforate your cathole's perimeter - creating a perfect top-plug; use the scoop end to pop the plug out. Then use the handle end again to break up tough dirt and to wheedle out rocks; use the scoop end again to pull the dirt out quickly and easily (check out the video just below to see how seamlessly and well this works, start at 1:45). 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!
• The Deuce® is the ultralight trowel formerly known as The Deuce of Spades
• an excellent aid to leave no trace camping – it really helps you doo-doo the right thing
• revolutionary design: it can be used handle UP or handle DOWN!!
– QUADRUPLES the edge pressure for hard ground!
• weighs just under .6 ounces, 17 grams, the weight of 3 1/3 teaspoons of water
• 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, tough and a little flexible – they're made of aerospace grade 7075-T6 aluminum (100% US BTW)
• Lifetime Warranty — guaranteed durability or we'll replace it
• good sand stake but even better for burying other things as sand anchors
• NOT DORKY
• a great gift - bet they haven't got this yet
• eco-friendly – it's designed to need no packaging
• nice colors: Fire!, Ice, Lime, Orange, Rose, Light Green, Gold, Black, Blue, Red, and Forest Green
• pretty funny: it makes a very good boot- or shoe-horn
• 100% recyclable - drop into any aluminum recycle bin
• handy for bear canister screws and the like
• yup, you can open a bottle of beer 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: $19.95 for most, even lighter ones cost a little more
• Some made in the US
• 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
• Some made in Korea by our good friends at DAC (our fantastic tent pole supplier)
TWO WAY DIGGING! Use it Upside Down in hard dirt - Yes, really
Technique & Introduction Video
Point six ounces – .6 ounces - that’s crazy light! What else weighs about that?
OK, it's crazy-light. What's the tradeoff?The answer to that is very simple: some handle comfort. The Deuce® is light because it's thin. Because it's thin, the edges are less comfortable to hold. As I was designing The Deuce®, I played with different thicknesses, trying to find the ultimate balance between strength, lightness and comfort. I believe I've succeeded in finding that just-right balance. The simple fact that a latrine trowel is carried for hours and hours and is used for just a few minutes a day makes it only logical that lightness and strength have the highest priority. With thousands of Deuces® sold, I can honestly say that I've gotten the balance right. The vast majority of users are blown away by how light and effective they are.
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. But I've changed my way for several reasons. One, it's getting really crowded out there and those remote places are fewer and father between. Two, I saw a study that shows pretty conclusively that putting a rock over buried poop is exactly the wrong thing to do because for prompt decomposition to happen, water needs to be able to percolate down to the poop from the surface. Poop under a rock is much more likely to "bloom" TP and be there long enough to be discovered by another user. Gross.
Then there's reason three, common consideration for trail maintenance crews. Heavily used trails – AT, PCT, CDT, John Muir Trail – 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.
Reason four: digging a cathode that's ACTUALLY 6-8" deep is REALLY hard and seriously inconvenient without a trowel. As I think back, that was probably why I was rolling over rocks in the first place. Now that I've thought about it for a few years, (I didn't used to think about it at all, really), I've come to the sad realization that folks who don't use trowels are probably fooling themselves that they're digging deep enough holes. It's not that it's impossible to make a proper hole using sticks, tent stakes or trekking poles, it's that it takes a ridiculous amount of time and effort (in all but the softest soil). The experience of making a proper hole without a trowel is what drives people to want a trowel in the first place.
The Deuce® is my contribution to the backcountry poop situation: it's a sweet little piece of ultralight gear. 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 and using it will be easy, fast and even a little fun.
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.