Just got this shovel and love it. It seems like you could use if for anything from uncovering your ski-partner to burying gold in your back yard. The long, telescoping shaft is great especially when combined with the large blade. Easy to break down into a more compact size. It is incredibly sturdy and it's shape allows for very efficient snow transfer. Can't understand why it wasn't crafted more like the D3 or D7 to allow the handle to slide all the way into the blade making it much more compact. However it's not a big deal if you don't mind a simple disassemble.