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Old 04-12-2015, 01:56 PM   #1
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Small trail shovel

Going to start taking a shovel with me on certain rides so I can clean up some rocky spots on the sides of hills. Anything out there better than a small camping/survival shovel?

Looking at something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-30-0000...g_tr_3400921_3

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Old 04-12-2015, 02:32 PM   #2
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Glock makes a cool one. Ive got one and its really light but tuff. It has an extra treat inside. The edge is sharp enough to chop small trees.

http://us.glock.com/products/outdoor...g-tool-details
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Old 04-12-2015, 03:11 PM   #3
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Going to start taking a shovel with me on certain rides so I can clean up some rocky spots on the sides of hills. Anything out there better than a small camping/survival shovel?

Looking at something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-30-0000...g_tr_3400921_3
I have one just like that that I got at Tractor Supply Co. for $20 bucks.
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Old 04-12-2015, 03:19 PM   #4
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Going to start taking a shovel with me on certain rides so I can clean up some rocky spots on the sides of hills. Anything out there better than a small camping/survival shovel?

Looking at something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-30-0000...g_tr_3400921_3
Well, it seems that you want a small camping/survival shovel after all.




Joking aside, maybe the Cold Steel SF shovel would be more useful as a shovel but it's not foldable.
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Old 04-12-2015, 03:41 PM   #5
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Well, it seems that you want a small camping/survival shovel after all.

Joking aside, maybe the Cold Steel SF shovel would be more useful as a shovel but it's not foldable.
Don't necessarily want a camping/survival shovel, I just imagined that would be what people were using. I didn't know if there was something better out there for this purpose, e.g. maybe a company who makes offroad accessories made a compact trail shovel or something.
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:30 PM   #6
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take a shovel head and a knife with you. make your own handle.
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:44 PM   #7
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I've got one of those Glocks that were mentioned...I'm happy with the whole set-up.
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Old 04-12-2015, 05:05 PM   #8
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Have had a couple of the Gerbers. Blew one up using it as a hammer/ax. I'd go with a solid wood-handled shovel.
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:17 AM   #9
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I have a Romanian Army E-tool I wouldn't part with. Green painted blade with a light colored varnished wood handle.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Romanian-Arm...item419270e19b

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Old 04-13-2015, 01:47 AM   #10
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Old 04-13-2015, 02:34 AM   #11
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I have the Glock...pricey, but works very well.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:43 AM   #12
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Gerber Gorge folding shovel works for me.


http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-22-4157.../dp/B000WZCSTO
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:27 AM   #13
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Thanks all for the suggestions. Leaning towards a wooden handled one, but now wondering if I should get one of the sort of multi-tool ones that has a pick on the back as well.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:03 AM   #14
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You know, I carry a Leatherman Wingman multitool in my EDC bag. Once it's hooked to the bag, I don't really notice it and you don't know when it may come in handy until you don't carry it.


It doesn't have the best knife nor the best screwdrivers, not even the best pliers but I think that it's better to have a "jack of all trades, master of none" tool than no tool at all when you don't know in advance what your needs will be.


But if I know that I'm going to screw/unscrew multiple screws before going somewhere, I'll carry a real screwdriver. If I know that I'll cut things all day long, I'll carry a proper knife.


You KNOW that you need a shovel so ask you this question: why would you carry a tool having a "less than ideal shovel but a I-don't-know-if-I'll-ever-need-it pick of some sort"?
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:12 PM   #15
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A buddy of mine does a lot of trail work for mountain bike trails. He uses the trail boss system. Probably pricey. But exactly what you want. Full size shovel that packs down.


http://www.trail-insight.com/
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