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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A After using the SnowClaw for the past few years I've found it very useful during winter camping and touring. I carry both an aluminum shovel and the SnowClaw but for most situations the SnowClaw works best. For moving large amounts of snow as in snow cave building it allows me to use both hands working in same direction which saves energy making it easier than a shovel. It's perfect for shaping the ceiling and walls. Flexing the handles together make the tool rigid enough to dig through harder snow and icy chunks. However, ice layers require my shovel or ice axe. As a former Ski Patrol, I like how well it conforms to an emergency splint.
Date published: 2009-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Borrowed Claw I was driving a ski bus at Alta and noticed a lady, who obviously worked there, was stuck. She had this claw thing. I approached her and asked if she could use some help. She said that she tried digging out with the claw that her boyfriend had given her (she mentioned he was on the ski patrol). I instinctively borrowed it from her and dug out her front tire.(front wheel drive) A couple of other helping people persons had showed up and we pushed her the rest of the way out. ... I am sold, it was so easy to dig the icy snow out of the way... this is the same consistency you would find in an avalanche. Her boyfriend did her good.
Date published: 2010-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This thing saved my life. I bought this to keep in my pack while skiing. Yesterday I was skiing through the trees at a local resort and fell. My ski came off and went towards the edge of a 60ft cliff and I ended up on the downhill side about 20 feet above the drop. I was in powder up to my armpits and would have no doubt slid over the side struggling to get back up to my trail if I did not have this tool to dig my way out. I'm buying one for everyone in my family that skis and will always carry one when I ski.
Date published: 2011-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't Leave Home Without It? I bought a few of these for winter camping and traveling last year. Everyone likes them as a great BACKUP tool that is lightweight and easy to carry; in particular, they are great for working inside a snow cave. Keep in mind, they are NOT a shovel substitute! (but they work MUCH BETTER than a snowshoe tail for digging!) I recommend them as a personal piece of gear to back up a shovel or two in a party, and will start carrying them next to the chains in my truck.
Date published: 2008-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dynamite Tool I purchased this ahead of a snowmobile trip from Diamond Lake to Crater Lake in Oregon. It slipped easily into the external storage pocket of my Flash 45 pack. When the rookie driver buried the snowmobile in deep, soft snow off the trail the Snow Claw helped me move lots of snow in a hurry and we were back on the trail in no time. This will go with me whenever I head out on skis, snowshoes or, on rare occasion, snowmobile, in winter conditions. Makes a good sled/glissade device too!
Date published: 2016-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great digger This 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: 2013-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buying more of this product I just bought two Snow Claws, one as a replacement for myself and one for my wife. Lost my old one and found it indispensable. Used old one several time in various conditions including chunky hard packed snow from small slides. Worked well for digging snow caves. Never used in extreme conditions like solid ice or rock hard debris. Can't attest to it's performance there.
Date published: 2009-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Novel All the previous reviewers say the same thing. They're right.
Date published: 2010-09-23
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Questions & Answers

Where is it made?

Asked by: MissPittyPat
This shovel is made in the USA.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-15

Just picked one up in preparation for a winter backpacking trip in the Australian Alps - what's the best way to strap it to a pack (along with tent poles and trekking poles)?

Asked by: t21wolves
​How to attach your shovel to your pack depends on the pack you have. We recommend reading the link below on how to pack your backpack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-19

Is this blade any good as a rescue avalanche shovel?

Asked by: Austin1
This is designed to be used as an avalanche shovel and we have heard good feedback about its functionality.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-19
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