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great shovel for bigger people
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
It takes a little longer to put together than the slide out BD shovels but its longer handle makes it easier to dig with. Short handled shovels may take up less space but I find that my back/arms start to fatigue after a couple of minutes...the longer handle allows me to dig at a more steady pace for longer...great for building kickers and although I haven't used it in emergency I think it will help out.
Durable, snow-moving machine
This is generally considered the shovel of choice for many avalanche professionals and ski patrol. The shovel is extremely durable and with a large blade surface and extended telescoping shaft, it really is a snow-moving machine! I've used this shovel guiding in the mountains in Alaska and Utah, two locations with the most snowfall on record, and am a big fan. It's a bit heavy for lightweight ski mountaineering, but is the best option if you plan on digging.
Good size, Easy to use
it fits easily into the shovel pocket of packs larger than 25L, I haven't tried it in anything smaller, and the handle fits securely into the side of my Dakine Poacher and Heli Pro packs (bottom strap fits through the D handle). The D handle works well with gloves or mittens, I used to use a T handle with mittens and would sometimes lose my grip.
Shove it,you say,OK!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Actually it's shovel it but if you're a winter time outdoor person(snowshoeing,skiing,or just plain camping).You're going to need to have a shovel like the Voile Telepro to not only clear ground for a tent but maybe,heaven forbid,a partner in maybe a avalanche.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Strong and I like it. Good length. I am tall and like a shovel that extended to a longer length.
Igloo Building Essential
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I regularly build igloos using the amazing IceBox tool - and this shovel. It's relatively light weight and compactability, along with the long extension handle and flat end blade perform great when building. It can collect and place large amounts of snow quickly and let the digger go for longer periods because they don't have to bend over so far.
I can't speak to its avalanche-assessment or rescue abilities, but every time I need to build an igloo, this shovel's going in the pack.
Best bang for your buck.
In 2009 the Austrian Alpine Club published results of a rigorous, independent, shovel test. They used and abused shovels from several manufacturers. Voile shovels stood out as the clear choice for functionality and durability, especially the shovels using T6 aluminum. While other shovels failed catastrophically, the Voile shovels showed no signs of damage. On top of their performance, they are also reasonably priced... and oh yeah, they're also made in Salt Lake City , Utah. They certainly are not the cutest shovel out there, but do looks really matter when your bud is buried alive?
so for just making jumps off trails and...
so for just making jumps off trails and not really any backcountry should i go with the t6 or does it not matter?
Burly, big, tough & beefy
The shovel kicks ass, it has all you want, it has a tough blade & shaft. The only con is if you have a smaller pack like a Black Diamond Bandit Avalung pack for example, it is tight fit. If you have that pack, I would get the version with no D handle, that adds a few inches to the length, that is already a small enough bc pack.
I have the BD Covert & that fits fine. I know someone that ran into that problem with that shovel in the Bandit pack & this shovel. He ended swapping this shovel with a buddy that also had a newish avi shovel non-d handle shaft.
Don't buy a plastic shovel. You will be cursing if you ever actually have to dig out your friend buried under set up concrete with a plastic spoon. This shovel is great. From avie drills to snow pits to shelters to digging your car out, this shovel moves lots of snow. It is economical and reliable. I can recommend it for sure.
Simple & basic metal d-handle shovel. When you are goin' outtabounds, you need a dependable shovel for unlikely chance a buddy gets caught in a bad spot. Plus, you can't go wrong with a lifetime warrenty.
What you want.
After having the Black Diamond Tele-Bobcat for years I gave the newer smaller Black Diamond Deploy a try. Black Diamonds light weight shovels blade folded under heavy use. I retuned it promptly and purchased the Voile TelePro. This bomber shovel will move lots of snow fast. It cuts through avy chunder and throws the heavy coastal snow like AT Apostles Honda snow blower.
Meah, Not what I would call an avy shovel
Although this shovel is what I would consider an average shovel that does the job is was designed to do, I feel that it does not do the job as well as others. Build quality is great (it should last you a lifetime with minimal pin issues). Where this falls short is in the way you assemble it. In a situation where you have to use this to unbury an avy victim you want to be able to assemble it fast and without the need of too much concentration. The fact that the shaft is round means that the pins are not always aligned and time is needed to rotate the shaft to get the pins to snap in place. The shaft also goes a few mm past where it should for the pins to line up with the holes, taking more time to align the pins with the holes. For these reasons I give this no more than 3 stars. In fact I plan to replace this shovel with something better suited to time sensitive emergency situations. So if you are looking for a shovel to add to you avalanche kit, look elsewhere.. but if you are looking for something to build booters or have in you car, this will work fine.
Strong and light. Only used it to dig my car out so far, but it has been great
Strong, Lightweight, Just Right!
Cons: D-Handle feels a little weak.
Pros: Fits pack very well, the handle and blade are rock solid (paint is pretty tough too), I can trust it (its the T-6 model), much lighter than my last shovel (BCA Chugach Pro), comfortable to use.
I've had it for a month now, taken it out several times, dug many snowpits, dug out sleds, and stacked a few jumps. No issues except the D-handle doesn't feel as solid as the rest of the shovel. Highly recommend this shovel!
Perfect for what it is!!!
I've used this shovel a few times in very different types of snow with the same GREAT result. It's nice and light, and extremely durable. It packs down small enough to carry on your day pack, but has a big enough head to move a good amount of snow. The best two parts of the shovel is the "D" style handle (great for a lot of snow cave/shelter shoveling), and the extendable/retractable shaft. When you need to move a lot of snow for a snow sitting area, make it long... If you need to make a snow cave, in tight areas, shorten it up. It's awesome! Great buy, great price!
Awesome piece of Hardware !!
This shovel rocks !! We got buried in a white out in the backcountry of Mammoth Mt. and had to build a snow shelter . This shovel kicked butt !! We had it done in record time !! It's light and fits well in my Dakine pack....so glad I had it on me !!!
put a ring on it
Had this shovel for 7 years(orange T6). It's a little bigger than most. Solid blade,Good long extension, D-handle, and eye holes (for those special occasions). Can be a little awkward in smaller packs. Digs holes and caves, builds kickers, moves snow, gets cars out of ditches, and moonlights as a mean sled for the small. All you will ever want, Get one.
Great shovel. Have the T6/Orange and the Yellow standard. Both are wonderful. I carry the T6 as my avalanche shovel for the stronger blade...it cuts and digs through debris and heavy snow like it's nothing. The Yellow is a great shovel for the car too...can move large quantities, has a nice sturdy long handle. Great shovel...Would recommend it to anyone!
Is this a good shovle to build run ins and...
Is this a good shovle to build run ins and kickers? Thats what i would use it for.
This would be a good shovel for that. You get good leverage with the extendable handle but it is also very stowable. It has a nice big durable blade to move lots of snow.
This is a great shovel for that, and thankfully I've used it way more for that, than digging someone out after an avy. The telescoping handle means you don't have to bend over as far when digging, and less strain on your back means you can dig for longer. The D shaped grip, is way more comfortable than the T shaped handle. And the metal blade is solid and wide, and you can shovel quite a bit of snow with it. It's been great for building and shaping kickers. Definitely recommend it. As far as run-ins go, you wouldn't really be using a shovel, as much as your skis.