I need a recommendation for a good camp shovel

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    I need a recommendation for a good camp shovel

    I blew a tire today and it showed me how unprepaired I was for even a little problem.

    They really haven't done much to clear the shoulders here in PA of all the ice from the past two storms. I blew the right rear tire in my truck. It completely came off the rim, so I could not try to drive firther up the road to a better place to pull over.

    A few things I know I need are:

    A better jack
    a 4 way lug wrench
    flares or reflectors
    and a folding shovel.

    The shovel is where I could use a suggestion. I had to use a crowbar to chip away at the ice so I could put the jack down and to get the fully inflated spare to fit. A friend of mine suggested a GI Surplus shovel. Is that a good idea? Is there a good camping shovel that isn't too expansive? I want one that will work, but it probably won't have to work often.

    I may never need it again, but that's no reason not to get one and be better prepared next time. I want a small foldup unit, nothing too fancy. I won't need to dig a trench big enough to hide my truck, just sturdy enough to break up some ice and such.
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    Have you looked at the Glock Entrenching Tool?

    I have one. It's cool. The back of the handle has a concealed saw blade that can be screwed into place, too!

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    I got this for our cars.

    http://www.amazon.com/Combination-Fo...porting-goods]

    I like the pick/shovel combo
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    That's a nice one PGrass! I was going to suggest an e-tool as well: http://www2.rangersurplus.com/long.a...=&item_id=1579

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate View Post
    That's a nice one PGrass! I was going to suggest an e-tool as well: http://www2.rangersurplus.com/long.a...=&item_id=1579
    Nate you can't go wrong with an E-Tool.

    The only problem I have with the tri-fold is lack of pick. I have ran into really hard ground that the pick would have been great and the Hoe on the tri-fold wasn't as great.

    I do like the space saving of the tri-fold and use one when backpacking.

    So yeah we have 3
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    Any Army/Navy Surplus Store...

    A good 'ole amry shovel...works every time...cheap...easy to pack...

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    go to the hardware store & get a spade with a short handle.mine stays in my toolbox in the bed.haven't seen a folding shovel worth a bleep.the g.i. shovel i had was used in a mudhole as a base for my hi-lift jack.you don't need to be screwing around with gadgets when you need a good shovel.

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    If you get a e tool (tri fold shovel) spring for a good 1. Mil issue (U.S. ) is much stronger than the cheap commercial versions.
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    I have a German e-tool that I bought from Cheaper Than Dirt. I keep it in my pickup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    If you get a e tool (tri fold shovel) spring for a good 1. Mil issue (U.S. ) is much stronger than the cheap commercial versions.
    Yup.

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    Go for the GLOCK E-Tool if that is the way you go....I know a 425 pound, former defensive tackle in the NFL (I saw him pick up a weight machine and carry it 20 feet) that used one while building a house. He didn't break it.....so that says a BUNCH about the tool.

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    E tools

    I have the one Betty mentions, a Glock tool (and knife) and a Cold Steel Special Forces E tool. Each has good and bad points. I bought a folding (imported) tri-fold and got rid of it quick.

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