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    Not your ordinary shovel.

    The G3 AviTECH shovel brings shovel technology up to date. G3 has re-engineered the reliable aluminum shovel design to create an innovative, light, strong, and durable shovel for backcountry travelers and industry professionals. Heat treating the technical aluminum connector tube and blade after TIG welding relieves residual stresses and produces a stronger shaft to blade interface. The powerful D-grip handle has stash pocket and a unique ice axe loop attachment. The shovel also features a slotted blade for emergency rescue sled construction.
    • Item #GGG0078

    Tech Specs

    heat-treated 6061 T6 aluminum
    Blade Dimensions
    9.5 x 10.5 in
    Packed Dimensions
    18 in
    Claimed Weight
    27.2 oz
    Recommended Use
    snow safety
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year limited

    Tech Specs

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    abuse it, use it, love it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Every person loved different aspects of different shovels. but, I love that it's both the simplified reliable emergency shovel that I hope to never need. It's not going to break with a metal blade, and you can move a huge amount of snow with it's broad width.
    It's also a solid version of the shovel you use daily in the backcountry to dig pits, build a winter camp. high fives all round

    Great shovel

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is my 2nd one, the shaft of my first AviTech bent (I subtracted one start bc of this) enough that I could no longer use the extension after 2+ years of moderate to heavy use and purchasing a new one was cheaper than shipping and replacing the part from G3 in Canada. Great blade and feel while shoveling, the new Avitech is 0.5 oz lighter than my old one (I weighed them in my house).

    Fantastic shovel

      The specs for this shovel speak for itself: D handle, extendable shaft, flat blade.

      In the hand, this shovel is sturdy and light.

      A great balance between something that gets the job done fast and a shovel which is packable. (I fit mine into a Mammut Protection R.A.S. 18 litre backpack)

      Fantastic shovel !

      G3 AviTECH Shovel

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've had a few different shovels over the past ten years and settled on this one for a few different reasons. The three things that I require in a shovel are a D handle, extendable shaft and flat back blade profile for digging snow profiles.

      "The" shovel to have if you are working in the snow industry. As mentioned earlier, the flat blade profile makes it easier to dig smooth faced snow pits/profiles.

      Update - After quite extensive use in preparation for a professional avalanche course, I have discovered one minor flaw with this shovel. The lower holes in the shaft (the ones that the pins sit in when the shaft is in its smallest position) allowing snow to enter with use. Depending on temps, I have had the locking pins that lock the shaft in the smallest or extended position frozen rendering the shovel useless. It was remedied in the field by disassembling the shaft and clearing the ice with a pocket knife. Under normal conditions, where the shovel remains in your backpack and is not assembled/used until you need to perform a rescue, this would not be an issue.

      G# AviTech Shovel

        D-handle compact shovel that is great for digging snow pits for avalanche awareness training. Easily disassembled for stowing in a backpack for safe travel in the backcountry.

        Best Shovel

          Easy with mittens. Sturdy when assembled. Consistent and confident when used. This shovel is it when you need something you can really use. Others might be lighter and have a more clever design, but the avitech is what you want in your hand when you really need it. Epic shovel, get it.

          Great shovel

            Love it! Does the job perfectly, and digging works fine with mitts to thanks to the D-handle. I don't think you can require much else from a shovel. Although it might be a bit on the heavier side for long touring.

            g3 review

              Seems to be a well built shovel. ive only used it to dig a few snow pits and to test the snow pack. thankfully not for a rescue. It is well built and sturdy however a bit heavier than i expected. i decided to use it primarily for my snowmobile backcountry travels. i have a black diamond shovel i will continue to use for ski touring!

              #1 Shovel

              There are so many things I love about this shovel. Top 3 favorite features: Secret compartment in D-handle for minimalist survival kit, flat back on shovel blade allowing for immaculate precision digging snow pits, SOLID build and dependable. ***** 5 stars

              #1 Shovel

              Great shovel

                Seriously sturdy and large enough for shoveling thru avy debris and ice layers.
                I misplaced my old shovel, and after a look on other shovels I came to the decision that the only right thing to do was to buy i once again.
                It fits perfectly in to my osprey switch 16 which seems to have been tailored around this shovel.
                As others have mentioned, the fit between the shaft and the blade can be a little tight, but this really just makes the shovel less rattly when digging.

                A Design Classic

                  There is a lot to love about this shovel. Ive had one (my first and still the original one Ive owned) for five years and have used it all over the world on numerous expeditions, as well as when I was working as an avalanche forecaster. To me, it is the Golden Standard of all backcountry shovels.

                  - The D handle works with mittens and you can pass straps through it to securely lash it to a pack or sled (cant do that with a T grip)
                  - I love the flat back on the blade as it cuts nice, clean pit walls without scalloping
                  - The extension tubes are a very precious fit which means that it doesn’t feel all rattly and loose when you are using it.
                  - The blade ferrule is machine bored, which means that it has an excellent, tight fit with the handle. This is important as over time it doesnt get loose and wobbly like other shovels.
                  - The sidewall are deep enough to hold a good load of snow, yet not so deep that it makes it hard to fit the blade in a day backpack.
                  - The material is very durable and will withstand being driven through hard snow with a solid kick from a boot.
                  - The top of the blade is nice and square which helps when you are stomping on it with a boot as your boot doesnt deflect.

                  Cons? Hard to find any, but the tight fit between parts can sometimes make it a bit hard to extend the shaft or engage it into the blade, but this is a small issue. Oh, and the name (AviTech) is kind of lame for such a great product.

                  Perhaps one of the best things about this shovel is that it is so reliable. If I have to dig a friend out of an avalanche, I want a 100% shovel and the G3 AviTech is it.

                  Unanswered Question

                  Anyone know if this will fit into a BD...

                  Anyone know if this will fit into a BD Bandit pack?

                  The specs indicate that this shovel's...

                  The specs indicate that this shovel's packable length is 18 inches. What is the length of each segment if you take the shovel apart completely? I have a pack pocket that will accomodate about 16 inches length and am wondering if I will be fine ordering this shovel as long as I separate the blade from the shaft, or if I need to keep looking.

                  Does the blade fit in the front pocket of...

                  Does the blade fit in the front pocket of a Dakine HeliPro 20L DLX?

                  Is this strong, and effective at digging? Is...

                  Is this strong, and effective at digging?

                  Is it one piece or two (does the shovel and handle disconnect?) and what is the strength of the connection between blade and handle if it does seperate?

                  Best Answer

                  I have used my shovel in coastal and cascade snow for a couple years now it is like shoveling cement sometimes and this shovel has held up well!
                  The stregth in the conection is good and yes you can seperate the blade from the handle.

                  What's the little room in the handle...

                  What's the little room in the handle for?It's to small for anything I can think of, and quite difficult to open...?