OWNER REVIEW - Outdoor Products Mini-Folding Shovel
- OUTDOOR PRODUCTS MINI-FOLDING SHOVEL
BY JASON DAVEY
October 06, 2010
NAME: Jason Davey
LOCATION: Panama City, Florida, United States
HEIGHT: 6' 0" (1.83 m)
WEIGHT: 190 lb (86.20 kg)
CHEST 40 inches (102 cm)
WAIST 37.5 inches (95 cm)
NECK 19.25 inches (49 cm)
INSEAM 31 inches (79 cm)
I backpacked in high school with little concern about the weight, probably
averaging 50 pounds (23 kg) for week long treks through 100,000 acres near my
home growing up. Now that I "am free to do what I want", I have found
backpacking more enjoyable with 20 to 25 pounds (9 to 12 kg), and safer on my
back. I have a tendancy to travel in Florida's "Pan-Handle". However, I have
traversed about DeSota National Forest in Mississippi, and am making plans to
start exploring the northern areas of Georgia. Primarily, I use a tarp shelter
supported by trekking poles; unless the ticks are out in force, then I use a
Manufacturer: Outdoor Products
Year of Manufacture:
Manufacturer's Website: <<www.outdoorproducts.com>>
MSRP: Not listed on website (and they were unwilling to note it in the
Listed Weight: 4.59 oz (130 g)
Measured Weight: 5.8 oz (164 g)
Listed dimensions: [OPEN] 9 1/8"L X 2 3/4"W X 7/8"H
[CLOSED] 5 7/8"L X 2 3/4"W X 7/8"H
Measured dimensions: 1 inch (2.5 cm) x 2-3/8 inch (6 cm) x [9-1/5 inch (23 cm)
[5-5/8 inch (14 cm) closed], 0.039
inch (0.1 cm)
H x W x L (open / closed), Spade
I have taken the Outdoor Products Mini-Folding Shovel on three distinct camping
trips where I used the item the most since purchasing it.
The first trip was to Florida's Torreya State Park, for a three day stay in
June (11 - 13) 2010. The atmospheric conditions had high's in the 90's F (30's
C), low's in the 80's F (20's C), and humidity percentage in the 70's without
precipitation forecasted. The terrain is actually some of the most non-flat,
and irregularly graded in Florida. With the ground being mostly dry in the
wooded hills along the Backpack Challenge trail, I did use the spade to scoop a
deeper spot in the creeks when I needed to refill my canteen with the filter
pump. The stainless steel construction allowed me not to even hesitate with a
thought about rust. Later at the campsite, I used the spade again to clean out
the fire ring. Knowing the popularity of the park, I was not surprised to be
scooping out odd hard objects. The thin blade of the spade did not disappoint
me with its durability. Another chore endured by the item was trenching a rain
channel around my tarp tent, breaking roots and dislodging semi-decomposed pine
cones. After each use, I dissembled the item and cleaned the item as to
minimize possible tarnish. I was impressed that the only signs of use were
nicks on the edge, instead of bending and rusting.
The second trip was to Mississippi's DeSoto National Forest along the Black
Creek for three days in June (23-25) 2010. The atmospheric conditions had
high's in the 90's F (30's C), low's in the 80's F (20's C), and humidity was
around 60% along the Creek, and in the 70's further away from the banks. The
13-person group I was in, encounter one rain shower on the first day, no more
after that. Since the group was using 6 canoes and a kayak, I was not so
worried about weight conservation, but rather I was space conscious. Also, I
did not want something that my niece could hurt herself with in the canoe, or
rip our gear bags. I chose to take the folding spade primarily for these
reasons. During our first day, I had used the spade to dig "duty holes" about
four different times. One hole had 10 inches (25.4 cm) of pebbles and sand
mixed together before reaching just sand for another 10 inches (25.4 cm). Most
of the wholes averaged 20 inches (51 cm) in an effort to allow the matter to
decompose [a lot better than the animal droppings we found on many of the shore
heads]. On the second day [which was spent entirely at one campsite], I dug two
"duty holes" to a depth of 20 inches (51 cm) each. I did encounter some roots
around the top half in one hole that averaged 1/2 inch (12 mm), but proved no
match for the edge of my spade. The second hole had pebbles about the top
again. Little by little, the shovel helped cover the holes throughout the day
before finally filling in the remaining depression prior to leaving on the third
day. The third day only demanded another three holes.
The third trip was down a 4 mile (6.5 km) stretch of Econfina Creek in Bay
County, Florida on July 17, 2010. Using only one canoe and one kayak for this
4-person group, I just grabbed my water bag from the previous trip. The
atmospheric conditions was 98 F (37 C), high humidity (I did not record the
forecast this time in my log book), and mostly sunny with no rain. Either side
of the creek had limestone walls lifting 20 feet (6 meters) above the water when
it was not nearly flat. There was plenty of foliage from ferns and trees. I
was thankful that I had not rearranged my pack from the last trip because I
ended up needing to dig another "duty hole" through intertwining roots that
would have been difficult for bigger shovel spades from my past experience with
them. After filling the hole back in, and finishing up the trip, I cleaned the
Even though I had some initial concerns on the Outdoor Products Mini-Folding
Shovel's durability, I am happy with its performance. It performed better that
I thought it would by not breaking, nor becoming bent. I have yet to see any
rust, or other corrosion, among the knicks and scratches on it. I have not had
to coat the stainless steel construction to prevent anything undesirable from
occurring. The sheath is in good condition still. Altogether, the item is a
durable, lightweight, inexpensive camp tool that I have made a permanent item on
my gear checklist.
THINGS I LIKE
1. Lightweight - I can carry the folding shovel without worry of how much weight
I am adding to my pack.
2. Durable - I can use the folding shovel in the ground composing of sand,
pebbles, and roots without concern of damage.
3. Compact - I can store the folding shovel [in its sheath] on my pack's
external straps so as not to take up internel space. Also, I have not had to
worry about the sheath snagging on objects (either on the hiking trail, or the
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
1. Compact - I can not dig a fox hole in an efficient time frame.
2. Multi-function - I was unable to clue in to another chore outside of digging
for the item.
"Hoping to add to the connection between the classroom, and the outdoors."
I purchased the Outdoor Products Mini-Folding Shovel in April of 2010. There
were no instructions, but the item was preassembled, and easy for me to figure
out. Upon opening the box, I found the shovel tucked inside the sheath, wrapped
in plastic. The item was not damaged. To open, I grabbed the spade in one
hand, and used the other hand to pull the handle away from the spade. To close,
I cupped the spade, squeezed the handle at the base, and depressed both
My initial concerns involved the spade thickness, and handle attachment
method. However, my initial tests in the yard dissolved these worries. In my
daughter's garden, the spade easily handled removing pebbles, and
cutting/scraping through 1/2 inch (12 mm) thick roots.
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
- PLEASE READ THIS EMAIL IN FULL. IT IS MOST IMPORTANT!
Thanks for your Owner's Review. It has been added to the Owner Review Queue and will be picked up by an Edit Moderator soon. If you are new to BackpackGearTest.org, welcome to the community! The Editors will work with you, within their own time constraints, to get your first two Owner Reviews approved and upload in a timely manner. Do not worry if nothing happens with it for several days. All our Editors are volunteers and your report will be subject to an official edit within fourteen days. If you have not had a response from an Edit Moderator via the Yahoo Groups list within this timeframe, please let me know directly at jdeben(at)hotmail.com
To assist in this process, if this is your first Owner Review we ask that you post only ONE Owner Review for edit at a time. Our experience is that it is more efficient for both the Editors and
yourself, if you post your first review, have it edited, approved and uploaded before you post your second and subsequent reviews.
Once your first two Owner Reviews have been approved and you have submitted your Tester Agreement you will be eligible to start applying for Tests. If you'd like more assistance or guidance with the process you can request a mentor by sending an email to Jenn K., the mentor coordinator, at mentor (at) backpackgeartest.org.
You may receive edits or comments from other members of the group. These edits and comments, while not official, should be considered carefully, and if you find them substantial, revise and re-post your review. Incorporating member edits and re-submitting to the list
will usually result in a better review, as well as making things easier for the official Editor. Please put REVISED in the subject line of your re-submitted review if you take this route or make any
changes to your review BEFORE the review has been taken by an Edit Moderator.
Additionally, it is important for you to monitor the Yahoo Groups list to keep track of the progress of your Owner Review. Once an Editor has taken your OR and made the necessary edits they will post their comments to the list with EDIT in the subject line. Once you have incorporated these edits into your review please use REPOST in the subject line. When your OR has been approved by the Editor they will use APPROVED in the subject line.
If you'd like to keep track of the progress of your OR while it's in the edit queue, the entire Owner Review Queue is posted to this yahoo group list on either Thursdays or Fridays.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask via the list or contact me directly.
Edit Administration Manager