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If you're looking for a shovel that'll take up less room in your pack and that won't skimp on quality, go for the Brooks-Range Backcountry Compact Mini-Pro Shovel. Made with heat-treated aluminum, the Backcountry gives you a durable, lightweight, professional-grade shovel.

  • Slightly small dimensions mean this shovel takes up less room in your pack
  • Its solid blade allows you to move more than 90 square inches of snow with every shovelful of snow
  • Deadman holes allow for use as an emergency anchor
  • Recommended by the AIARE (The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education)
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amazing shovel

    This shovel straight rocks. I have the D handle sharktooth model. It's very solid and I looooooooooove the extending handle--pretty much essential to dig someone out buried deep. Cool design on it to boot. Would trust my life to this thing. Hope to never have to use it in an avalanche situation but good peace of mind.

    Not yo mom's shovel

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    So I have previously used Voile shovels and loved them. Now I added this Brooks-Range to my backpack. I am immediately a fan. This is one of the most burly and well built shovels I have held. The extendable handle is sturdy and makes moving snow and digging snow pits easier for me.

    The best part about this shovel I never expected to find. Inside the shaft are two more aluminium tubes which, in laser etched pictures, can be assembled into an improvised rescue toboggan!

    Overall this is one of the highest quality and best designed shovels I have used. The extra weight of the rescue sled attachments does make this shovel heavier than my Voile. What I do is bring my Voile for more sidecountry missions while using my Brooks-Range for days where I find myself in more remote areas.

    Great shovel!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    this thing is perfect! i like it because its not too big, but it moves a TON of snow. my friends always get jealous, and it has avalanche rescue tips on the front of the blade. ive seen the sharktooth models teeth sometimes get broken and bent. ive purchased the compact pro with the D handle. Nice shovel, buy it! can you spot the back country goat?

    Great shovel!

    Killer Customs

      These shovels are absolutely awesome.

      I have a Backcountry Pro Compact with a D-handle, not to be confused with the Compact-Pro. Yes, Backcountry sells four different Brooks Range shovels that look almost exactly the same, but the kicker is, Brooks Range will customize your shovel to your needs. Shark-tooth or straight edge? Long-neck or compact? D-handle or T-handle? Full size or compact blade? They have a full range of colors and do the crazy Chaos anodization if you want to be extra rad, bra.

      My Brooks Range shovel has the best blade strength to weight ratio of any shovel I've owned. The shaft can be used with a pair of skis and poles to make a rescue sled. The handle can be locked at 90º if you're digging laterally. It's completely customizable. They'll even monogram it for you. And all of the options (except a $3 charge for monogramming) are available for the same price!

      Seriously. Look past the hype of the big brands. Brooks Range makes these awesome shovels in the USA to keep your butt safe in the backcountry. Get one for yourself. Then, get one for your skiing buddies. After all, if you get buried, you'll want them to have the best shovel available in their hands when they're digging you out.

      Hey Dave!

      Thanks for the helpful review! I've been wanting to upgrade my shovel and I think this one might be it. I've got a couple of quick questions for you. Is the backside of the blade flat (good for digging snow pits) or does the handle make a ridge down the middle? Also, what made you decide to go with this combination of features - compact, pro, backcountry? I was thinking about going with the longneck, mini-pro, sharkstooth since I am a petite lady and I coud use all the leverage I can get if I ever (god forbid) have to dig a buddy out from under an avalanche. I'm currently using a BD Deploy which I don't really like, it's difficult to get leverage with the handle and the blade is so large (bigger than even the pro) that with wet, heavy snow I tire within several minutes of intense digging. Wondered if you have any feedback or advice you can share.


      And, 8 months later, I see your response. Sorry! Backcountry has a new system in place to notify people of responses.

      To answer your questions (if you're still in the hunt for a shovel) -

      The handle does not make a ridge. I've created some very nice pits with this shovel. There's a slight convex shape to the back of the blade, but it's not significant.

      I went with my combo of features for a few reasons: one, the longneck blade doesn't fit in most backpacks, so I chose the compact; two, I wanted to be able to move as much snow as possible with each scoop, so I got the full-sized blade; three, I didn't need the jagged edge of the Sharktooth design. I selected these options after emailing with Matt Brooks, the owner. He actually responds to customer inquiries! Very cool.

      If you can carry the shovel with the choices you've selected, I think a longneck and compact blade are a good idea for you. You'll get more leverage and less volume per scoop, so less weight. The Sharktooth option is a personal choice, I think.