I like that this shovel has a longer handle than many of the all-in-one-piece telescoping shovels. It allows me to get better leverage to dig than with a shorter shovel and saves my back. It's also one of the biggest shovels on the market, which means that when it really counts, you can move a lot of snow a lot faster than the smaller shovels. Also, the D-shaped handle grip is large and secure and you can use it with mittens. If I'm skiing with someone in the backcountry, I inspect their shovel. That's what is going to be digging ME out if I get buried. If I don't like their shovel, I'll trade with them for the day.