Rated5out of5byMountainman SamfromGreat diggerThis is a great little shovel like thingy. First, it does have some limitations. If you're moving a lot of snow to make a large snow cave; this is not the best tool. If there was a real avalanche situation I would prefer a aluminum shovel with a handle to make the digging go quicker but this would be great if you thought that you're getting close to the person and didn't want to cause further harm by jabbing them with a metal shovel. If I need something to work in tight places such as inside the snow cave or under a truck that's buried up to its axels in hard pack snow, this is the tool I reach for (when it's not in my pack it rides behind the seat of my pickup). It also makes a great anchor point in snow if you need a tie point for guide lines for a tarp or are climbing a steep snow bank. Since it's somewhat flexible, you could (in theory) use it as a splint. It also makes a nice dry spot to sit in snow. I had a friend who used his as a impromptu rain hat when we got caught in an unusually warm winter trek (ran a strap from each handle and tied it under his chin, it worked pretty good). Over all a great multipurpose tool that doesn't add that much weight to your load. Well worth the relatively small amount of money they cost.
Date published: 2013-02-19
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