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The Black Diamond Deploy 7 Shovel can be summed up in three words—fast, fast, fast.

Black Diamond's outside-the-box design makes their Deploy 7 Shovel extremely fast and idiot-proof for times when it matters most. It even earned the 2006 Couloir Design Innovations Award. The Deploy 7 Shovel's curved shaft collapses into the blade for a small package that fits easily into your touring pack, and it extends to lock into place with a quick pull. The shaft's trapezoidal shape ensures it doesn't rotate and come apart from the blade at the worst time. No more digging thorough your pack for separate pieces or dealing with frozen, over-complicated attachments.

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4 5

Great

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The connection point feels like it could be a problem point, not as solid as I'd like. But, in several uses I've had no problems with it. The size is great, big enough to do the job, but, packs into a small daypack for backcountry. Great shovel.

4 5

Almost perfect...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

As far as digging performance and rapid deploy, this shovel rocks. I was skeptical of the curved handle design, but it follows the natural curve of the blade allowing you to control how deep you plunge and creating addition leverage, great when the snow is heavy. Only drawback for me is the handle is loose enough to create a slight rattle when stowed and deployed - not a big deal when shoveling, but it lets you know it's there when strapped to the outside of your pack. Probably saved a few nickels in the mfg process, but if they could silence I go 5 star all the way. I'll send black diamond my duck tape prototype.
Using this for mountaineering and ski touring - a long handle would be in the way when digging a snow cave, so no reason to knock a short handled shovel for having a short handle, IMO.

2 5

I don't know why I bought this.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I think I got caught up in the hype. It's a cool design but it does not fit in a pack well. And the curved shaft makes it impossible to dig comfortably unless you are on your knees. It does deploy fast and it is mostly fool proof at that but it's not the shovel for me. It could also be that I'm 6'6" and this has a pretty short Handle that I don't like it. I think the BD transport is a great shovel and will be replacing my deploy with that.

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I agree with you completely Matt! I also found the blade to be too small! It really won't be effective at moving lots of snow quickly.

5 5

Quick when you need it

this shovel deploys super quick. i think that's where they got the name from. but if you're actually trying to dig someone out, a fast, foolproof system could make the difference. simply depress the button that holds it in place (easy to do with gloves), pull back on the handle, and start digging. another button on the shaft locks it in the extended position.

only complaint is that the handle sticks out a couple inches from the blade which makes it harder to pack. not really a conplaint though cause i got the shovel to dig quick, not fit nicely in my bag.

5 5

Digs and digs...

This shovel digs and digs....dont worry about not being able to move snow even if wet. This shovel is rugged and lightweight for what it can do.

Inside an Osprey Karve 16

Inside an Osprey Karve 16

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The Deploy 7 easily fits into the largest compartment of the Osprey Karve 16, with plenty of room for water. It will also fit inside the middle "shovel" compartment- but you have to collapse the handle past the last handle lock and it's a pain to get in and out.

5 5

Excellent design

Excellent design for a Compact shovel. No reason to not carry one in your car due to its handle design. In fact, the first weekend that we had it was one where two feet of overnight wet snow got us stuck pulling out of the driveway. This was tested immediately and has a solid scoop that does not flex much.

5 5

Great shovel

Great shovel reasonably small and easy to use

5 5

Great shovel

Great shovel reasonably small and easy to use

5 5

Nice and Compact

This shovel is nice because it is light and compact. The blade is a descent size to move snow. My ONLY gripe is the length of the handle, I find it a little short and wish there was more. 6'2".

Fit and finish of this shovel is very very "Black Diamond" - impressive.

5 5

Great

This shovel is light, it compacts down to an extremely small size, and the blade is big enough to move a lot of snow very quickly. I use this to start all of my avy pits in the backcountry and it has not let me down.

5 5

Like They Said...

I am in agreement with everyone here, this shovel is awesome. It fits into both bags I have (an Ortovox Freeride and a BCA Stash Pack) Very light and easy to use. I have used it for Avy courses, igloos, BC kickers and snow forts. Highly recommend!

Great for making snow shelters

Great for making snow shelters

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I haven't used it for much else but I can say the compact size is great for digging out a quinzhee! The curved shape really helps make the proper sloping wall and ceiling shape with minimal effort.

Is the extra small amount size larger worth...

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Is the extra small amount size larger worth the 6$ more than the deploy 3 worth it, also i have a ospray kode 22, will it fit

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It will fit in your kode. a longer handle will help you move snow easier. Worth the weight and money in my opinion

Responded on

depends on your body. i'm a bigger guy and can move more weight, so it makes sense for me to have the 7. my wife is much smaller and would get worn out faster if she was trying to move more snow with each shovel-full. the deploy 3 and 7's blades should fit your bag easily. what will possibly cause an issue is that the handle sticks out a couple extra inches.

5 5

The Shoveler

Fits in my Dakine Heli back pretty well and works great when shoveling from a kneeling/low positive. The short extension is difficult if you are trying to stand while shoveling. Strong enough to handle ski boots jamming down on the top, and works for any number of snow activities.

Will the Deploy 7 fit in the dedicated...

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Will the Deploy 7 fit in the dedicated compartment on the Osprey Bode 30 pack? Also, should I buy this collapsible over a shovel and probe combo set?

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This will fit it the pack (assumeing you meant "kode") the probe and shovel pack s great way to save some money if your buying both anyways.

(P.S. I prefer the deploy three because it packs smaller)

Unanswered Question

Will this fit in a BD Outlaw pack?

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Will this fit in a BD Outlaw pack?

5 5

Faster Than Thinking

The way it sits in my pack (handle up) the moment I pull it out, it's extended. You can't get any faster than that.
It also moves snow like a blower and is a wonderful tool for multidays aside from avy use. I've made beds, kitchens, kickers, everything you could want in the backcountry.
And it's light!

5 5

Great shovel and perfect size.

Got this shovel, was going to get the BD Deploy 3 shovel, but thought it would be too small. This fits in my Dakine Poacher Pack, with room to spare. I wanted this shovel because the handle really compacts. So I don't have to carry my handle on the outside, and having the chance of it getting ripped off. Also I don't even have to take the handle of which is important in those situations. Seems like a great shovel, which has great durability. And i'm sure it will last forever. If you want a great compact shovel that you can leave the handle on in almost any pack get this you'll love it.

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