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Slice through the snow quickly and efficiently during your tour or expedition.

A dense Maritime snowpack calls for the coarse surface and big teeth of the Brooks Range Igloo 70cm Folding Snow Saw to chew through the icy bonds while isolating columns or building a wall to block your camp from the howling Arctic winds. It's large 70cm (27.5inch) blade goes a long way while you study the avalanche danger or cut blocks out of the hard, deep snow.
  • Aggressive aluminum teeth cut through ice and can even be used to cut wood when necessary
  • The rubber-coated handle is easy to grab and can be strapped to a shovel handle or ski pole to extend its reach
  • Blade includes 1mm, 2mm, and 3mm snow crystal grids and imperial as well as metric rulers to further your study of the snow
  • Entire saw folds into a 40x12.7mm (16x5inch) package for storage

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Extended saw

Extended saw

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Total extended length with shovel handle is just under 5'.

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Pretty sure I could fight off a viking with this set up, just saying.

4 5

Great Saw

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

This saw is really solid. I cut out an entire rutschblock test with this snow saw (the sides and back) by extending the saw with my shovel handle, worked like a charm and was probably faster than using chord and probes to cut out the back. The entire saw with my shovel handle is probably just under five feet long, making it easily long enough for almost any application. Once unfolded, the saw feels super bombproof, and those teeth will easily cut through the snow or ice. Dont know about wood, but I would bet that it could do it. Perhaps a bit overkill, but I really wanted the versatility of a long saw and I did not want to buy and carry around an extra cable for cutting out the back of rutschblocks, although the trade off is some extra weight (about 9 extra ounces compared to other saws which are half the length). This saw would get five stars if it was slightly lighter, but it is definitely still worth carrying around for those days when you feel like digging multiple snow pits to check the avi danger.

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Also, I love the included crystal grid that comes laser etched on the saw. It is fun for avalanche nerds.

Avy 1 Class Success

Avy 1 Class Success

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Avy 1 class in Utah this past weekend was a hoot!

4 5

Something to note

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

This saw is bad ass, no doubt. Maybe a bit over kill for what I was looking for when I put it on my X-mass list. I was looking for a long saw that would be a solid helper in cutting ECTs and CTs this is certainly that, however, the teeth are made for ripping through ice and dense snow, versus cutting. The result is not the cleanest columns as the aggressive teeth design leaves striation marks. In hindsight I might have gone with the Brooks Range Scientist 70 which has the same folding design but a bit less aggressive teeth which are designed for more refined cuts and is a bit lighter weight. At any rate the quality is amazing and I will see if I change to the Scientist model in the future.

5 5

Pretty baller..

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The teeth are fricking awesome with this saw. It packs down in the supplied case/bag . Pull it out and flip it into its extended position and you have an impressive tool in your hand. Others will look at your stout tool and be envious. I have whipped my tool out and everyone has wanted to hold it and fondle it.

5 5

killer idea

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently picked up an ABS pack & DaKine Altitude 25L cover, much to my surprise my old snow saw did not fit (I bought on bc.com a while a back so I was able to return it for a refund) in my new pack. This saw is awesome, come in a protective sleeve so you won't cut anything up by accident. It has a big reach to cut pit or to build some snow huts on the mountain (I'll be doing this on sub-par day in the JHMR slackcountry), it may be a little more pricey, but the fold up options makes it that much better the rest.

What is the difference between the left-...

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What is the difference between the left- and right-hand versions of this saw?

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It is the way the cup of the handle is formed. The picture above I believe is the left hand model. The cup is supposed to follow the contour of your hand when you grip it. so with the blades facing down a left hand would cup the opposite of a right hand. I was confused at first too. I don't find the handle on my right hand saw all that comfortable anyhow. It is a great tool for cutting blocks.