Can you really get an avalanche shovel in...
Can you really get an avalanche shovel in the pocket of this backpack? I've read online that there is a shovel pocket, but some think it is too small to be useful.
There is one external pocket, but I've not had much luck fitting my shovel into the pocket, which is a BCA Traverse shovel. You could lash it to the outside, but its also much much easier to loose - I wouldn't want you doing that if you were my partner. Alternatively, you can just leave it in the main compartment; its worked fine for me!
A BCA B-1 bomber shovel fits easily.
A Black Diamond Deploy 7 just barely fits.... but it fits.
If it was an .125" longer it wouldn't. Its basically a press fit.
There is a zipper that allows you access to the compression strap hide-away compartment. A shovel fits in there..