This is our favorite 20 incher. When ease of packing is not quite at the top of the priority list, always go for the longer hatchet. 20 inches seems to be right in that sweet spot where its long enough to swing two handed with good leverage, but still small enough to choke up on for shaving kindling and small tasks. Still fits fine through a belt loop for hikes too. May be a bit bulky for bike camping and a bit heavy for ultra lightweight backpacking, but for everything else the Small Forest Axe is superb!