I've used full size mattocks with wood handles and they'll work you to death. This one has a just slightly smaller head, it breaks down easy, and it's a lot easier on your back. The rubber at the top of the handle also absorbs shocks that would normally sting your hands when you hit a rock. I've already recommended it to a few people that have seen mine and let them pick it up to see how it feels. They ALL liked it. This one is a keeper with a price of $29.99.