I work in the snow and this is the smallest shovel I will ever carry with me. It has saved a life in a 5' deep burial. There are smaller lighter and more manageable shovels out there however this one is the best all around tool. I have used it in New Hampshire to build quincies, snow caves in Tahoe, backcountry booters in the Wasatch, used it as a sled for an emergency 3,000' vertical descent in the Pacific Northwest even dug my car out after a sandboarding session in Mojave. It's beat up used more then I ever expected and still has plenty of life left in it. Oh yeah the telescoping T handle is more practical than the D handle for use and in-pack storage.