G3AviTECH Shovel

Not your ordinary shovel.

The G3 AviTECH shovel brings shovel technology up to date. G3 has re-engineered the reliable aluminum shovel design to create an innovative, light, strong, and durable shovel for backcountry travelers and industry professionals. Heat treating the technical aluminum connector tube and blade after TIG welding relieves residual stresses and produces a stronger shaft to blade interface. The powerful D-grip handle has stash pocket and a unique ice axe loop attachment. The shovel also features a slotted blade for emergency rescue sled construction.

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The Avalanche Instructor's Shovel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This shovel is the choice of avalanche professionals. When I took my AIARE 1 course, both instructors were using this shovel and highly recommended it. Their main reason for being stoked on it is the flat profile on the blade. When chiseling a snow pit it does a great job of shaping the test wall. If you find yourself in a rescue situation, all it takes is one click of the handle into the blade and you are ready to go.
It's a bomb-proof design which has held up to 4 seasons of use in my kit, but fortunately I haven't had to use it in a rescue situation. It's light, durable, and fits easily in the pack. The D-handle has a better grip than a T-handle in my opinion. G3 makes some killer gear that is genuinely designed with outdoor guides in mind, and the AviTech shovel is no exception!

abuse it, use it, love it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Every person loved different aspects of different shovels. but, I love that it's both the simplified reliable emergency shovel that I hope to never need. It's not going to break with a metal blade, and you can move a huge amount of snow with it's broad width.
It's also a solid version of the shovel you use daily in the backcountry to dig pits, build a winter camp. high fives all round

Great shovel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my 2nd one, the shaft of my first AviTech bent (I subtracted one start bc of this) enough that I could no longer use the extension after 2+ years of moderate to heavy use and purchasing a new one was cheaper than shipping and replacing the part from G3 in Canada. Great blade and feel while shoveling, the new Avitech is 0.5 oz lighter than my old one (I weighed them in my house).

Fantastic shovel

    The specs for this shovel speak for itself: D handle, extendable shaft, flat blade.

    In the hand, this shovel is sturdy and light.

    A great balance between something that gets the job done fast and a shovel which is packable. (I fit mine into a Mammut Protection R.A.S. 18 litre backpack)

    Fantastic shovel !

    G3 AviTECH Shovel

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had a few different shovels over the past ten years and settled on this one for a few different reasons. The three things that I require in a shovel are a D handle, extendable shaft and flat back blade profile for digging snow profiles.

    "The" shovel to have if you are working in the snow industry. As mentioned earlier, the flat blade profile makes it easier to dig smooth faced snow pits/profiles.

    Update - After quite extensive use in preparation for a professional avalanche course, I have discovered one minor flaw with this shovel. The lower holes in the shaft (the ones that the pins sit in when the shaft is in its smallest position) allowing snow to enter with use. Depending on temps, I have had the locking pins that lock the shaft in the smallest or extended position frozen rendering the shovel useless. It was remedied in the field by disassembling the shaft and clearing the ice with a pocket knife. Under normal conditions, where the shovel remains in your backpack and is not assembled/used until you need to perform a rescue, this would not be an issue.

    G3 AviTECH Shovel

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    Shovel tip profile (flat)

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    Back of shovel blade

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    Shaft fully extended

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    What is the extended length of the G3...

    What is the extended length of the G3 avitech shovel

    25.5 inches.

    G# AviTech Shovel

      D-handle compact shovel that is great for digging snow pits for avalanche awareness training. Easily disassembled for stowing in a backpack for safe travel in the backcountry.

      Unanswered Question

      Anyone know if this will fit into a BD...

      Anyone know if this will fit into a BD Bandit pack?

      Best Shovel

        Easy with mittens. Sturdy when assembled. Consistent and confident when used. This shovel is it when you need something you can really use. Others might be lighter and have a more clever design, but the avitech is what you want in your hand when you really need it. Epic shovel, get it.

        The specs indicate that this shovel's...

        The specs indicate that this shovel's packable length is 18 inches. What is the length of each segment if you take the shovel apart completely? I have a pack pocket that will accomodate about 16 inches length and am wondering if I will be fine ordering this shovel as long as I separate the blade from the shaft, or if I need to keep looking.

        The blade length is 10.5". The handle length is 18". This shovel os also available in a T-Handle version. That handle length is 15".

        Great shovel

          Love it! Does the job perfectly, and digging works fine with mitts to thanks to the D-handle. I don't think you can require much else from a shovel. Although it might be a bit on the heavier side for long touring.

          The story...from the designer's mouth!

          Does the blade fit in the front pocket of...

          Does the blade fit in the front pocket of a Dakine HeliPro 20L DLX?

          Yep. Should be no problem. You won't get much else in there, though.

          I actually felt I got a lot of other stuff in there too. I've had the shovel combined with beers, clothes and a lot of other stuff in there during the season ;)

          Anyone know how what the extended length...

          Anyone know how what the extended length of this shovel is?


          g3 review

            Seems to be a well built shovel. ive only used it to dig a few snow pits and to test the snow pack. thankfully not for a rescue. It is well built and sturdy however a bit heavier than i expected. i decided to use it primarily for my snowmobile backcountry travels. i have a black diamond shovel i will continue to use for ski touring!