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The K2 Rescue Shovel converts to a dead man anchor and a flat platform for your stove, and the included Rescue Kit has the hardware you need to fashion an emergency evac sled. K2 designed this versatile tool for backcountry skiers who rely on durability and ultimate utility from every piece of gear in their pack. You'll find other collapsible aluminum avalanche shovels on the market, but few, if any, offer this level of multi-functionality—it's truly greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Rescue Kit slides inside the shovel shaft and includes four screws, four wing nuts, and a carry bag with assembly instructions for fashioning an evac sled by attaching your shovel to your K2 BackSide skis
  • Lightweight aluminum shaft and blade mean less weight on your back without sacrifice to strength or durability
  • Shaft uses a rectangular profile that's super strong and easy to grip when you're chopping or digging
  • Extendable shaft operates by unlocking the lower shaft via a small push-button that operates quickly and easily, even with gloves on
  • T-Grip handle shape gives you the most secure hold on your shovel and it's a shape that minimizes grip fatigue
  • Remove the shovel blade from the shaft and slide onto the long end of the t-grip handle to convert this shovel into a hoe for more efficient, powerful digging
  • Rectangular blade shape tapers out at the end and the edge has a wavy shape to provide extra leverage against ice and dense debris
  • Blade has small holes that can be used to thread webbing or rope through in order to make a deadman's anchor or rescue sled (with skis)
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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Thats the downside of being solid is that its heavy. Most people carry light shovel set ups. What would you want someone to have in their packs? In the handle there is a sled building kit, so if you have k2 or any other ski you can use the handles and blade to build a sled, to make it solid you will need 5m of cord. The hoe option is nice to move snow fast.

Ok for the job

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

I have used this a couple of times. It works as a shovel and it seems stout enough for that purpose. I didn't try the hoe or the sled feature yet. My only complaint is that to extend the handle is difficult if not impossible with gloves on. I could not get the button in far enough to extend the handle. I had no issues assembling the shovel.

Trenching moves masses!

    I was initially interested in this shovel for its ability to be used in hoe mode so you can move snow in a downhill trench fashion. In that mode it moves insane amounts of snow quickly and with little effort. The rescue kit is quite nice and with some drilled holes in my tips and tails plus some Voile straps it works like a charm. I would practice it a few times before you attempt to build a sled in the field.

    Trenching moves masses!

    Bomber, all inclusive rescue deal

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    If you have K2 skis, then it makes sense to pair them up with this shovel. Then, no matter where you go, and what you do you will have a rescue sled with you. No brainer really. As far as shoveling and snow science are concerned, this shovel is rock solid and will cut smooth pit walls and dig out your friends with confidence and ease. A lot of thought went into this product from experienced people/guides and it shows!