A tactical shovel might not be the first thing you think of to put in your go bag.
Or even something to keep in your car for emergencies. But some of these handy tools have 30+ survival accessories packed in one small unit.
So let’s sort out the best survival shovel for the money.
I try to keep up with field testing and research on dozens of shovels, so you don’t end up with a poor quality tool. That’s why I’m listing the top options here, along with pros and cons for each.
I like the rubber grip, and the handle extends to 35″, yet stores very small and compact (8″x5″x3″).
Inexpensive, but lots of built-in tools: Shovel Board, Saw, Bottle Opener, Emergency Whistle, Fire Bar, Hammer, Nail Extractor, Hoe, Fish Scaler.
Fewer tools than higher-priced shovels. Weighs almost 4 lbs.
The high-carbon steel blade is really sturdy and durable, but not “unbreakable” like Martensitic steel.
You can tell experienced outdoors people designed this shovel. Definitely one of the best shovels for the price.
Small (packs to 12″x9″x3″) and very lightweight (1.5 lbs).
Super durable high carbon steel blade.
Tools only include a sawtooth edge and the shovel can fold into a hoe.
Very short (18″) handle.
If you don’t need a lot of gadgets and want an inexpensive shovel that works as advertised, this is the one.