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    Everything you could ever want in a snow saw.

    In designing the Bonesaw, G3 got together with guides and avalanche professionals to see which features were useful and which ones were useless. After months of design and testing with skiers who spend 100 days in the backcountry each year, they've got it dialed. The G3 Bonesaw has become one of the most versatile snow saws available. This burly saw has offset teeth that can cut snow, ice, and even wood. It comes with a durable sheath for easy carrying. The best part is that with two included straps, you can attach this saw to just about anything. Strap it onto your ski pole, avie probe, shovel handle, long stick, or anything else that's at hand to increase your reach for cutting test pits and Rutschblocks. For easy snow safety research there are measurements on the blade aid in making consistent cuts for tests and there are three different grids for determining snow crystal size.
    • Item #GGG0037

    Tech Specs

    aircraft-grade stainless steel
    [total] 18 in, [blade] 13.8 in
    Claimed Weight
    5.9 oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year limited

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    Bottle opener sold me

      Recently heard an Avy instructor tell a class that if you cared enough to take a course, then a saw should be required just like shovel, beacon and probe. This shamed me into getting one. I still make my partner dig while "I get the saw" but now I can also open the heavy beverage I brought to make up for all the weight savings in my skis I paid so much for. Also the saw works great.

      Cuts through snow like butter

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Purchased this saw prior to taking my Avy 2 course. Though I've only used it a handful of times so far, it has proven worthy of five stars. The measurement marks make it easy to cut 30x30 columns for compression tests. The teeth are sharp and sturdy, cutting through snow and ice with ease. I'm sure you could cut some kindling for a fire if necessary but probably wouldn't do so unless necessary. While the sheath seems a little on the cheap side, overall, you can't go wrong with this saw. Sturdy, reliable, and worth the investment.

      The Saw to Get

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've only used this for simple stability tests and it excels! Stiff blade with solid teeth, a handle that is easy to hold, and a great shape that makes it easy to clean up walls and such.

      Very good

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I got the Black Diamond saw first then I got this one.
      They both weight about the same. I like the Black Diamond integrated sheath that also serves as a handle/extension. But that gets in the way of cutting the back of the test column. Overall it is more compact and I liked that.
      I like the G3 wide blade. The BD blade is easily twisting requiring care to get a straight cut.
      The G3 also has the grid for snow analysis, one less thing to carry in my backpack.
      I agree the G3 sheath is not very robust but if they make it more so it will gain weight or if not it will go up in cost as it will require more exotic materials to keep the same weight.
      Overall I like the G3 better.

      Well designed, guide quality saw

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I purchased this saw after taking my AIARE II course and realized the saw I had from BCA that was integrated into my shovel was not 30cm long and couldn't make a column of appropriate size. My guide and course instructor had this saw and I used it several times during the course and was sold on it.

      This saw is a machine! I've mounted it to my pole (comes with two straps) & used it to cut stout rain & melt freeze crusts where my pit cord wasn't able. I've used it to prepare a cornice drop as well.

      In a pit it works very well for sawing out columns and propagation saw tests. I like the integrated crystal card on the blade as well.

      My only complaint is that the sheath it comes with is pretty cheap for such a nice (and sharp) saw. I think G3 could have done a bit better there.

      Overall, it's a well designed product and I highly recommend it.

      Must Have

        Cuts through snow and ice like a hot knife through butter! The two straps enable it to attach to your ski pole or probe in order to get to those hard to reach areas when backcutting your ECT. The blade is one piece so there are no hinges to worry about failing. No worries if you dont have a crystal card since this bad boy has a grid on it to analyze size and type. Plus the bottle opener makes cracking open that limited release micro brew a breeze back at the rig. That is if you can't just do it with your teeth. yeeeaaaaaa

        I saw you first

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Nice to meet you bone cutter. Also nice for this weight and price to potentially do more then cut snow blocks or dig a pit. Though does the latter two screamingly well. Agree the plastic sheath feels crappy to the touch and makes you worry it will be sawed through at some point - need more time to report on that. But the saw itself does as advertised and easily performs for branches, etc if needed. Ice/ snow blocks were precision cut with this and in short order.

        Cuts snow (and not just soft stuff)

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The saw works great and does what it's intended to do…cut snow. I choose to go with the G3 because it seemed torsionally stiffer than anything on offer from Black Diamond or BCA. I figured it’d cut straighter, cleaner, and better through ice or wood (if ever needed). So far it lives up to my expectations. It’s sharp, cuts clean, doesn’t twist on hard snow, has a built in crystal card, comes with two voile style straps to attach to poles, and a post tour bonus: it cuts sweet beer holders into your snow couches.

        Only negatives: the sheath that comes with it is cheap plastic and the bottle opener is sub-par for amateur drinkers... but us pros can use anything.

        Cuts snow (and not just soft stuff)

        Dig, Study.... LIVE

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This is my first snow saw and I'm very happy with it. If you're serious about digging pits, you're going to need one at some stage. This one is relatively light and compact and seems tough and strong. It's got a ruler for measuring column widths and mini-grids for snow crystal sizes. Handy too, for the odd bit of wood surgery.

        The handle can probably be ski-strapped to a ski pole for some long range cornice cutting, although I haven't tried this.

        The bonus bottle opener is a nice touch for those post-touring trailhead beverages!

        Dig, Study.... LIVE

        All you need in a saw.

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The G3 snow saw has a great crystal card on the blade so you can check you snow grain sizes. It not only cuts through snow, but wood also. It's lightweight and packs well with the sheath that protects your backpack. And it comes with 2 ski straps and is complete with a bottle opener.


        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        it big and its lite and there is a bottle opener. awesome saw cuts through the hard layers with no issues and there is just no better tool to use to check layers. also the crystal grid on the saw makes it a nice 2 in 1 kinda thing.

        Cuts like a hot knife through...snow.

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

        I have only had a chance to use this saw a handful of time but it has met all my expectations. I had used a shovel to isolate snow columns in the past and this saw is a major upgrade, making accurate stability tests much easier to produce.

        Very nice, well made saw...for righties.

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

        Very nice saw, great feel of the handle, as long as you're right handed. Unfortunately I'm left handed.

        saw zaw

          this is a great saw! one of the best 35cm saws out there. its an ounce or so lighter than comparable saws, fairly ridgid for its length and weight and it cuts precisely. also, worth checking out is the brooks range scientist 35.

          Judging from the picture it looks as though...

          Judging from the picture it looks as though this saw is designed to be used with the right hand. First, is this true? And second, is there a left handed version for us southpaws?

          Any comments on how it attaches to poles,...

          Any comments on how it attaches to poles, probes, ect. Does the strapping system work well?

          It works reasonably well. The straps are the stiff rubber backwards-thumb-buckle type straps that you often find at ski mountaineering shops for strapping your skis together. Usually they strap tight enough around and most things aren't completely smooth (even probes have a bit of a bump at the end) to keep it from sliding off. The curved handle works well to help staying on too. But as with any saw-attachment, it can be sort of bulky (i.e. difficult if not impossible to push through the already-sawed slot) and hard to saw with from a pole-length away.