Brooks-RangeScientist 35 Folding Snow Saw

Make life easier when you're sawing up the snow for study.

Usually the excuse for carrying a snow saw is that it's too long to fit in a pack, and too heavy to be manageable. The Brooks-Range Scientist 35 Folding Snow Saw crushes both excuses with it's compact, lightweight design. Brooks didn't sacrifice build strength or design to make this saw such an ease, either; it's just as strong and versatile as fixed blades.

  • Tempered stainless steel blade makes this saw nigh-indestructible
  • Blade kerf is thin and offset for finer cuts that makes isolating blocks for snow tests easier
  • Metric and imperial scales are printed on the blade for simple, quick-glance measurements
  • Handle has tie points to make it easy to attach this saw to a shovel shaft or ski pole
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Easy to use & pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a pretty nice snow saw - it folds up plenty easy (just grab the back side of the saw on both sides of the hinge and give it a little twist to release the clip) and packs down well. The saw is wide enough that the teeth aren't really exposed when it's folded, so you don't necessarily need to use a carrying pouch. The height of the blade give it a little more rigidity over some of the skinnier saws out there which is nice for cutting through ice. The curved handle and tie points make it pretty easy to securely strap around the grip of a ski pole for extended cutting. The saw also comes with two of the shortest voile-style ski straps I've ever seen for lashing this onto a pole.

And of course the requisite bottle opener for those of us who are bad ass enough to carry long necks in our touring packs but fear wasting the thousands our parents spent on braces by opening our beers with our teeth....

Solid piece of gear

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this saw because my old home-made snow saw wouldn't fit into my day touring pack and I wanted something I could bring with my on all my tours. The best part of this saw is that it folds, that's also the worst part as on a few occasions I've had it fold when I hit a particularly hard ice layer or sun crust. This has only happened once or twice, but is worth noting. Other than that it is well built, and the small teeth cut through ice better than some of the competition. I think the ski pole attachment for isolating columns leaves something to be desired as the connection is a little wobbly and the ends of the straps can interfere with the snow on the column (just use a string with knots in it for this, it works better anyways). Overall a really well built peice of equipment that should serve you well.

Compact, Rugged

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Quality saw that folds nice and compact. Great product, however I am disappointed the case it comes in does not close to ensure the saw doesn't just slide out

Capable and easy to use

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this saw for about a month, now, and it is miles ahead of the shovel handle relic I've been toting for a the past years. A little heavier, but longer, stronger, quicker, and easier to stow in the pack. Fairly vicious when deployed, it is fine if folded. The bag is inconvenient and overbuilt - I've never used it.

Pit work on Katahdin

Pit work on Katahdin

Above and Beyond

    Unlike some of the competition this saw folds up into a nice compact package, which makes it that much easier to manage. This saw is super sharp and has some features that just show how much attention to detail Brooks Range has. The crystal hard on the saw blade is a nice touch...and a bottle opener?!? Heck yes. The saw is absolutely bomber. I havent cut down any trees with it yet, but I'm sure it wouldn't flinch.

    Bottom line-it does its job and goes above and beyond.

    Nice saw

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought this for a three day avy coarse followed by a ten day backcountry trip. Saw worked great for all my pits nice having the crystal grid on the saw. Fold up very well for storage and you can open a beer with it!

    Nice saw


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    got the saw in today and let me tell you it is sharp, tree�branches are nothing to this saw, the fold system rocks and really saves your pack because it takes the teeth out of play. the pouch is ok but now closing system on it. It does have a button type whole on top but no way to close it. Nothing a piece of�paracord cant fix. Really happy with it cant wait to try it out. Also comes with 2 scraps so you can attach to ski poles. Good stuff

    I just received my Brooks-Range Scientist...

    I just received my Brooks-Range Scientist 35 Folding Saw. Its awesome, but the sheath that was sent doesn't fit the saw when folded. From the pictures on your site it looks like it should have come with a longer sheath. Can I get the sheath replaced?

    If you click,"Live Chat" at the top under Talk to Gear Gurus, they will be able to quickly resolve your issue.


      The Brooks-Range Scientist 35 - Folding showed up today. It's compact, light, and awesome.

      The Scientist weighs in at 10.375oz with the case, 8.875 without. Brooks-Range specs the saw at 8.9 oz, so it looks like we're right on there. My one and only worry was that the hinge interface was going to be a bit sloppy. Turns out, that worry was completely unfounded. Unfolded, the saw acts like any other rigid saw. There's no play, no wobble, no nothing. You can't tell there's a hinge! It's that solid. Even though Brooks-Range calls this a 35cm saw, you really get over 40cm of working blade. Bonus!

      Brooks-Range silk-screens both metric and English measurements onto the saw , including a large, dark line at 30cm, to make your column tests easy. There are also three sets of grids - 1mm, 2mm, and 3mm on each side of the saw. The rubberized handle feels good in my hand and straps easily onto a ski pole or my shovel shaft to make longer cuts. Two 9" straps are included.

      I'll be taking the saw out for its first field test tomorrow morning. For comparison, I've tried BCA's saw and BD's Flicklock saw. The BCA never made it into the field because I couldn't get it to fit in my pack or strap onto the outside. It was just that awkward. I borrowed a Flicklock for some column tests last weekend. I could not cut a straight line with it. Probably user error. We shall see if the Scientist works better. I have a feeling that it will because the blade is deeper than BD's.

      Updates forthcoming!