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Avalanche shovels need to be solid, light, and simple—just like the Black Diamond Transfer 3 Shovel.

The Black Diamond Transfer 3 Shovel combines a small size, low weight, and idiot-proof design for demanding backcountry fanatics. What sets the Transfer 3 apart from other avalanche shovels is its trapezoidal shaft. This Black Diamond shovel's shape ensures no rotation during setup, so it goes together fast and easy. In addition, the low 1lb 7oz weight puts a smile on the faces of alpine climbers and backcountry skiers alike.

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5 5

cool shovel! My wife loves it.

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

My wife has been wanting one of these little shovels for the car/camping. It is pretty darn cool.
The only down side I see is that the instructions that come with it seem to imply that it collapses like the Depoly 3 shovel (with the handle able to retract into the shovel. IN reality, you have telescope the handle in to it's self (making it half the size, about the length of the shovel blade) and then take it out of the blade. You then have to carry the two separately . But that is not a problem, I just got the impression from the manual that it all collapsed together in to a tighty package.

Will the BD transfer 3 shovel fit in the...

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Will the BD transfer 3 shovel fit in the kode 22 pack?

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I just got the shovel because my BCA B2 was too big and it fits fine in my packs.

2 5

Not recommended for snow study.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just finished up my AIARE Level1 and this was the worst shovel in the class. I usually love BD and deploy many of their tools but this is not one of them. The blade is small and shallow - so you move less snow and also makes the shovel pretty useless for shovel-tilt tests. Further, the blade design makes it very difficult to craft nice, clean pit walls.

It's a nice, sturdy, light shovel that might work for other uses, but I would not recommend it for real backcountry travel.

5 5

Great shovel

  • Gender: Male

Simple design, easy to use and assemble. Would recommend it.

5 5

sturdy and lightweight

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This beautiful shovel does the trick. The removable handle is convenient, and the telescoping shaft locks into place because of its shape. Leave it in the car all winter, and take it with you when you head to the mtns.

5 5

Classic, simple, good!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

A great shovel and very simple design. What else could you want?

5 5

Great Shovel

I originally got the BD deploy 3 shovel, but wasnt happy with the short length of the handle, so i got this one and absolutely love it. The handle extends almost twice as long as the Deploy and i find that it actually fits into my pack better because the handle comes off completely. Great shovel, super sturdy. Wouldn't expect anything less from BD.

5 5

AWESOME

LOVE LOVE LOVE this shovel. Been using it for snow camping all winter. Such good quality and a absolute pleasure to use. I look forward to dropping my pack, grabbing my snovel and getting a good upper body workout bu digging out tent platforms. I'm hoping it will last a long time. But first I've got to stop chipping ice with it!!

what would be better, Im thinking of this...

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what would be better, Im thinking of this or the deploy 3

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The two are about equal in strength. The Transfer has a detachable shaft that extends, giving you better leverage to move more snow. The Deploy shaft collapses into the blade for faster deployment (thus, the name). If you're set on a BD shovel, choose based on your backpack size and the shaft length you'd like to have.

If you're open to other brands, I'd suggest a Brooks Range shovel.

5 5

Great shovel

Never had a problem, sturdy, even works for pounding in stakes in the snow, blade is plenty big for clearing a campsite and small enough to take on day hikes to the summits.

5 5

Awesome Shovel

I have a Black Diamond Outlaw pack and an Osprey Kode 22, this shovel fits preferctly in both of them. This shovel can move snow! Luckily I haven't had to dig any buddies out yet, but when that day comes having this in my hands will make the job easier and quicker. Its a pretty rugged shovel for something so light weight. Has made a few booters and has got my car out of some pretty rough spots. All in all a worthy purchase

will this fit in a Dakine Heli winterpac...

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will this fit in a Dakine Heli winterpack

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Agree. I've traveled with this shovel in the Heli, the Heli Pro, and the Pro II. Fits best in my old (circa 1998) Heli Pro front sleeve - nice and snug.

5 5

Rugged, Idiot Proof, Light, and Beautiful

The Transfer 3 has not once let me down. The pointed shape of the spade allows me to power through any ice and dig with ease through the sticky layers of snow that us Washingtonians have come to know and love. The handle is shaped so that it fits into the head with no question as to the direction and locks in, eliminating any loss of shovel power do to the twisting of the shovel head and shaft. Extends nicely for GREAT leverage and hasn't failed to my forces yet (although they're limited... not a big guy). Handle is easy to grip and everything is very, very strong.

Just keep the handle near the shovel! Easy to lose track of cause it shrinks down so nice. Now go save some people! or build a BC kicker.

5 5

Black Diamond Transfer 3 Shovel

I like the small size of this shovel as it fits better in my pack than the BD 7 size. Weight is good and the shovel is as strong as I would ever hope for. For days when I'm going out to practice avy drills, I'll bring my deploy 7 because the bigger blade does move snow faster, but for most days of touring when things aren't too hairy, I'm confident carrying this guy and enjoy the space and weight savings over a bigger shovel.

5 5

Transfer 3

gets the job done, great quality. Exactly what you would expect from black diamond products!

I also like the smaller size of the transfer 3, allows me to get into smaller places and really move some snow.

5 5

Awesome

This shovel is everything you need it to be.its light enough that you dont really feel it in the pack,it assembles super quick with no fiddling what so ever at the cruical momnet and it shfts snow.while the blade isnt the biggest its still big enough and light enough to power through even the toughest debris.
Everything you want and need it to be!!!

5 5

Great Item

Awesome shovel, digs out tent holes, crap holes, pounds in tent stakes all around awesom

5 5

Light and sturdy

This is the best shovel I've ever owned. It replaces my old BD Cougar (?) shovel. The trapezoidal cross-section shaft is stiff and sturdy, and is dead-easy to lock-in/together when you need to deploy it in a hurry -- no need to spin the shaft to get the button-lock aligned. Load it up with heavy, wet snow all you want, the shaft design has got more than enough to handle that too. The blade design is equally sturdy and I like the smaller Transfer 3 blade for digging precise pits. The hybrid grip is better than my old T-handle and lower profile than a D-grip-- it works really well. Great design, great shovel!

So, the Transfer 3 is designed to come...

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So, the Transfer 3 is designed to come apart into 2 pieces (blade and shaft), and not collapse into/along the blade like the Deploy?

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Yes that is correct. It is designed like most other avy shovels where the shaft and blade separate for storage in your pack.

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