Craftsman D-Handle Digging Shovel
Credit: Tom Schierlitz

The curled edges of shovels have been destroying boot soles for ages. But the Craftsman D-Handle Digging Shovel features two flat platforms on which diggers can stomp for a safer, more efficient plunge. Its 14-gauge steel blade and fiberglass shaft withstood as much force as we could supply, and the D-shape handle is comfortable and burly – two things that are essential during a long, soul-cleansing session of sod cutting. [$30; craftsman.com]