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Evac 7 Shovel

Whether you need to move snow in a hurry or dig out a perfect pit, the Black Diamond Evac 7 Shovel will get the job done. Black Diamond's top-of-the-line shovel, the rugged Evac features a telescoping handle and ergonomic D-grip handle to help you dig quickly and powerfully without it taking up too much room in your pack.

  • A multi-function tool that's vital for backcountry safety
  • Aluminum blade and shaft provide reliable durability
  • Telescoping handle adjusts the length quickly
  • Dual-density grip won't slip while you're working
  • Converts into hoe mode for quick digging on steep slopes
  • Flat-bottom profile ideal for digging square snow pits
  • Item #BLD007Z

Blade
aluminum
Shaft
aluminum
Handle
D-grip
Assembled Length
37in
Blade Dimensions
(volume) 2.65L
Packed Dimensions
26.2in
Claimed Weight
1lb 13oz
Recommended Use
touring, backcountry
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 4

Little Bulky

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This shovel is a little bulky for my 20 liter backcountry pack. A little heavy. It’s probably better for snowmobiling than skiing.

>Rating: 5

Move snow

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This shovel does one thing really well. It can move a ton of snow in a short amount of time. When seconds matter, look no further for a proper shovel that can stand up to the abuse of life in the mountains.

>Rating: 5

This shovel has it all!

I went to look up a video to see how this shovel converts, and it sold me on it. The angles they chose to use will really work to your advantage when you're moving a lot of snow, and it will prevent your shovel from ever breaking. Plus the ability to put any sawzaw blade into this handle and make your own snow saw is awesome!

>Rating: 5

Versatile

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This is a great shovel for experienced backcountry skiers, or new backcountry explorers. This shovel is extremely light weight yet very durable and features one of the largest shovel areas in the backcountry shovel line-up. It is also super easy to put together/disassemble and you can reverse the shovel head to turn it into a hoe, which allows you to move a serious amount of snow.

>Rating: 5

High quality construction

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

There are already some awesome reviews on this fantastic product, but I just wanted to comment on how well-built this thing is. My friends shovels seem like child's playthings compared to this burly shovel. I would feel confident bashing away on some of the toughest ice in the backcountry. Black Diamond somehow manages to still make this a light shovel while achieving that high durability. This is my number 1 recommended shove, and it is what I want my friends digging me out with. On a side note, this fits beautifully in a black diamond dawn patrol 25 and the old black diamond anarchist 35l

>Rating: 5

Light

This shovel is perfect. It's easy to assemble and disassemble even on those cold days.. The shovel convert into a hoe mode perfect for my kids to make snow caves.

>Rating: 5

Awesome shovel

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I purchased this shovel for an avalanche safety training course and have used it every time since backcountry skiing. This shovel is perfect. It's easy to assemble and disassemble, even in extreme cold temperature. This shovel makes quick work of digging snow pits. It is very light and doesn't weigh down my pack. I liked this size opposed to the 9. This one fits snugly in my pack, which I can't say the same for the 9. It's too big to even fit in the largest pocket.

I
>Rating: 5

Can you dig it?

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Yes you can. Enough said really. The two-way mount of the shovel blade is absolutely incredible and the telescoping handle makes it very easy to use. When in using the shovel in hoe mode, you'll have your pit dug out before you your partner pulled his snow study kit out. But more importantly if sh*t hits the fan and you're in a rescue scenario you'll be armed with the best tool for making a quick rescue. Sure there's probably a lighter more compact option out there. But, with all things considered in the backcountry, you really shouldn't be skimping on such a valuable tool.

>Rating: 5

Geez... that's a sick shovel!

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

Super sturdy, digs nice, dual mode and not heavy... what more could you possibly ask from a shovel? I love mine! Just make sure you don't collapse the handle ALL THE WAY DOWN because you wouldn't like to be fiddling with it to dig out your friend while wearing gloves.

>Rating: 4

Shovels and Hoes... Shovels and Hoes...

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

The Evac 7 is pretty basic and works much like other avalanche shovels on the market. The blade attaches and detaches from the handle using a spring-loaded push button. The same attachment system is also used to telescope the handle from short to long. The handle becomes twice as long in extended mode, which I found to be ample length for digging pits. When collapsed, the handle fits perfectly in my BCA Float 32 pack, but if you have a smaller pack and need the space, the telescoping handle gets even shorter with the option of collapsing it into the D-grip. This gives you about another inch of wiggle room. The D-grip is ideal, especially when wearing mittens. It is very ergonomic and has a rubber grip to prevent slippage during rapid shoveling. The shovel blade is nice and sharp. I found that it makes a much more even and straight cut when making snow columns for stability tests. The 45-degree angle between the blade and shaft also helps in this regard as it allows you to keep your hands away from the column wall when shaving it down to perfection. The biggest feature that sets the Evac 7 apart from the crowd is the hoe mode. A hoe moves snow a lot faster than shoveling and is much less physically demanding than throwing snow over your shoulder. In a rescue situation where there are multiple people digging to a victim, the folks in the back moving snow away from the hole would be much better served with the hoe mode as it literally sweeps the snow away. The only issue I have had with the Evac 7 is that I keep getting the shaft stuck inside the D-grip handle when I collapse it. Once in that position, it can be difficult to extract, especially on cold days when I do not want to take off my gloves for emergency shovel surgery. The Black Diamond Evac 7 is a major step up from the average snow shovel. The Hoe mode alone makes it worth ditching your old shovel for an upgrade.

The
>Rating: 4

Dual Use

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Great shovel, makes digging out a base camp in the Uinta Mountains easy. The hoe feature was the reason I bought this, and found it very useful. A "D" handle is must as far as I'm concerned that was a non issue. Only complaint is the length; my other BD shovel is at least six inches longer. if you're over 6 feet tall this might take its toll on your back depending what you'll be using it for primarily.

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Black Diamond Shovel Comparisons - 2

Shovels from Left to Right: Deploy 3 - BLD008B Deploy 7 - BLD008C Transfer 7 - BLD0932 Evac 7 - BLD007Z Evac 9 - BLD007Y Jared D. Expert Gearhead 800.409.4502 ext 4055 jdowns@backcountry.com

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any experience with putting one of these Evac 7 or Evac 9 into the snow tools pockets on a BD pack? I was wondering if these larger shovels would fit into an Anarchist pack...?

or a BD Dawn patrol 32 L ?

If you look at the BD website it pictures this shovel in all 3 sizes of the Dawn patrols packs.

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Black Diamond Shovel Comparisons

Shovels from Left to Right: Deploy 3 - BLD008B Deploy 7 - BLD008C Transfer 7 - BLD0932 Evac 7 - BLD007Z Evac 9 - BLD007Y Jared D. Expert Gearhead 800.409.4502 ext 4055 jdowns@backcountry.com

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Evac 7 - Sizing

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Evac 7 - Shaft View 2

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Evac 7 - Shaft View

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Evac 7 - Handle Detail

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Evac 7 - Blade / Joint Detail

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Evac 7 - Backview

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What is the blade width of this vs the Evac 9?