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G3 - AviTECH Shovel

G3 AviTECH Shovel

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    Tech Specs

    Blade:
    heat-treated 6061 T6 aluminum
    Blade Dimensions:
    9.5 x 10.5in
    Packed Dimensions:
    18in
    Claimed Weight:
    1lb 11.2oz
    Recommended Use:
    snow safety
    Manufacturer Warranty:
    1 year limited

    AviTECH 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.

    • Shovel sized for backcountry emergencies and training
    • TIG-welded tube maximizes strength and adjusts in length
    • Slotted blade allows rescue sled construction
    • D-grip handle is glove-friendly for speedy digging

    Gold standard, could be improved though

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My favorite after using one for approx 60 touring days (bent blade digging camp in sastrugi eventually) compared to shovels by Voile, MSR and BD that I've used for similar number of days. I have come to appreciate the speed and ease of deploying non-round handles, so that's the one improvement I could ask for.

    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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                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.

                  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.

                    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.

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