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Mammut made the Alugator Light Shovel for backcountry skiers and snowboarders who want to shave every possible ounce from their kit without losing function. It’s nice to take a 21.2oz shovel into the hills, but you don’t want to give up your ability to save your friend. Aluminum construction helps you cut through tough avalanche debris when it really counts. Mammut also included an extendable handle to give you better leverage for digging test pits.

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Major Durability Issues

    Don't buy this shovel! On a recent BC trip, I was shoveling out a snowmobile when the handle completely snapped into 2 pieces. Fortunately I wasn't trying to save someone's life! I tried to warranty it, and they didn't have any in stock. Very disappointed in mammut.

    Lightweight shovel

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    lightweight shovel that is small and light enough to carry on a backpack. Very convenient that the handle can remove from the shovel and pack well.

    Good, light shovel for backcountry use

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This shovel combines several features that I find key when looking for a backcountry shovel:

    -Small, light blade

    -Removable shaft that easily slides into the blade

    -Telescoping shaft with T-handle

    Overall really, really like this shovel and because of those features I find it perfect for backcountry skiing. It easily fits in my pack and assembles very quickly. The shaft is small when collapsed but extends so that the user is not constantly bending over, and I prefer the T over a full handle. The blade is strong enough to make snow shelters or dig out plowed-in cars, whichever one floats your boat.

    The single reason why it is not rated 5 stars is because the button that holds the shaft into the blade has a bad habit of rotating inside the shaft and disappearing when the shaft is shoved into the blade too quickly. This renders the shovel useless as the shovel won't stay together anymore. It is a relatively quick fix but is annoying and prevents it from being flawless. As long as the user is gentle the problem should be easily avoided.

    Mammut Alugator Shovel

      Superlight, and as strong as a driveway snow shovel from the local hardware store. I was curious to see just how well it would hold up to hauling huge blocks of snow (making a snow fortress on Shasta) being so light, but it performed flawlessly without a sign of failing. Its long enough to actually move some snow, but also telescopes down compacting the size. I shoveled, and shoveled.. and shoveled with it, and it felt very sturdy the whole time. The shaft is shaped like a triangle for grip and a secure fit between sections. The blade comes off the shaft, and the shaft pieces apart for compact stowing. After I was done shoveling, I used it to help anchor my tent. This is the perfect shovel for mountaineering considering weight, effectiveness, and price. Pick it up.

      shovel works well

        Straps easily to outside of a backpack, or breaks down for placement inside. On Mt. Shasta, used this shovel to dig out a campsite in wet and partly crunchy snow. The shovel performed well, while a borrowed plastic shovel fell apart! I'll bring this aluminum shovel on future climbs.