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Get in, get out, stay alive.
Tough, reliable, and lightweight, the Snow Plume serves as the workhorse of ARVA's line of avy shovels. From first time backcountry travelers to seasoned-experts looking to keep their kit simple and reliable, this shovel does the trick.
The full-length carbon fiber shaft offers an ultralight feel, and the rugged anodized aluminum blade can take a serious beating while keeping weight to a minimum. The shaft also has a simple one-piece design that clicks into the blade quickly so you can start digging without delay. The T-grip handle provides great leverage whether you're left- or right-handed. Strategically-located holes in the blade allow you to build an anchor or a rescue basket in an emergency. Finally, ARVA added aluminum inserts at the joint for extra strength.
- Anodized aluminum blade
- Carbon fiber shaft
- Aluminum joint reinforcements
- T-grip handle
- Strategically-located holes
- Item #CMA000Z
- Q & A
Good, Strong, Light
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Simple, solid construction -thick alu + carbon shaft- and very light (lightest of the market maybe?). That's it and all what I need for my free-ride and BC sessions.
edit- I read the other comment: connection blade/ shaft is good and secured with 2 pins; solid handle too. I definitively recommend.
Don't be a weight weanie
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I don't typically write reviews. But it needs to be said that the weight savings of this shovel is not worth the risk in avalanche terrain. The blade is very light with a weak and wobbly connection to the shaft. The connection consists of only one pin and the shaft makes much less surface area contact with the blade compared to BD shovels. The handle is even more weakly connected to the shaft. So, the shovel wobbles at the blade-shaft connection and the handle. It feels like sh*t and has likely three points of failure. I have more respect for my friend's lives than to carry this item.