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Black Diamond Deploy 7 Shovel

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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.
  • Item #BLD0929

Tech Specs

Claimed Weight
1 lb 9 oz
Blade Dimensions
10.3 x 15.75 in
Packed Dimensions
18.1 in
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Assembled Length
26.8 in
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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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.

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.

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.

    Inside an Osprey Karve 16

    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.

    Inside an Osprey Karve 16

    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.

      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.

        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!

          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.

            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!

              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.


                  Nice shovel. Light and folds up nice and small. I could fit it in my Bandit pack but it was tight. Probably not the best if you had to dig pits all day due to the short handle. Ended up with the Deploy 3 based on the type of terrain I normally skill and my tolerance for risk.

                  Is the extra small amount size larger worth...

                  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

                  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.

                  Will the Deploy 7 fit in the dedicated...

                  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?

                  Does anyone know if the deploy 7 will fit...

                  Does anyone know if the deploy 7 will fit in a Geiger rig 1600 pack?

                  I need to order a shovel and avalanche...

                  I need to order a shovel and avalanche beacon and was wondering which one you guys thought was best with cost no object? I don;t usually skimp on safety gear. As for shovels, the BD deploy 7 seems good, but sounds sloppy and wide. Would I be better off with a narrower shovel? Do they make a carbon fiber version? What about beacon? Help? I hear there were some good advancements made in the last year with dual antennas, etc. Thanks and keep up the great work!What about

                  I have this shovel, but I use it mostly for just short morning hikes before work and trips that a larger shovel isn't needed. The Transfer 7 from BD has a longer handle, which makes it a lot better at snow removal. Unfortunately BD does not make a carbon fiber version of either of these shovels, or any as far as I know. As for beacons, the Orthovox S1 is in my opinion dummie proof: super easy to use, and with all the new digital features. Make sure you know how to use it, before you head out.

                  Is there a good compact/extendable shovel...

                  Is there a good compact/extendable shovel for building booters?