Trim the fat.
With the Backcountry Access RS Extendable Shovel, weight-conscious skiers and snowboarders no longer have to sacrifice functionality to have a lightweight setup. The heat-treated aluminum construction ensures a superior strength-to-weight ratio, so you can have the time-saving functionality of an extendable shovel without adding a ton of extra weight to your pack.
- A light and compact extendable shovel for backcountry touring
- Heat-treated construction increases strength
- Ergonomic grip is comfortable while digging
- Easy conversion to hoe mode for digging out snowmobiles
- Holes in blade allow shovel to be used as a snow anchor
- Q & A
Moves snow like a champ!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I really put in the effort to find a lightweight and flat design that combined a hoe option, it doesn't bulk out of my shovel like a previous shovel I had in the past. I found it in this shovel and the shaft design makes it quick and easy to assemble, much better than a round tube design of most other shovels. Which takes a bit more time to find the holes with attaching the shovel blade to the shaft, if that makes sense, this could be the seconds and time you need to save someone. Easily attaches together and the hoe mode makes for moving snow very easily.
I have used this mostly for digging pits and some practice on beacon hunting. I have used this on just about all snow conditions, it is very strong/rigid and so far it has been durable. I know the pictures do not show the shovel in hoe mode, so I shared one. If you have questions about this or any avy gear you need, reach out anytime.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I'm particular about my gear, and this shovel had the kind of things that added up to a winning combination. Flatter shovel profile so that it sits comfortably in your bag, extendable T handle for a quick reliable grip, and the hoe feature. The ONLY thing that results in a half star deduction is that the handle and shovel are connected it wobbles a little bit, it's not a secure / firm connection which makes me a bit weary, but hasn't affected performance and this is just me being a detail devil. Other shovels do this as well.
better than my k2
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had a k2 avy shovel that had a short non adjustable handle and it was hard to shovel with when building kickers in the backcountry. with this shovel it compacts to fit nicely on my backpack but the handle extends to make shoveling easier.