If you are want a good quality shovel, lightweight yet strong enough to cut thru the hard stuff, this shovel is great. I like the extendable handle, stows nice but extends so the shovel is more functional. The blade is bigger than the Tour shovel, just what you need when you need to rescue someone quickly. I only use BCA products, and i love them all. Backpacks, shovels, probes or beacons they just put out quality products.