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Bonesaw

Vigilance and awareness are of the utmost importance in the backcountry, and this saw will help you keep careful track of the snowpack as you hunt for fresh snow and epic lines. Offset, stainless steel teeth cut through both hard and soft snow with ease, and the slotted handle attaches easily to a ski pole or shovel shaft.

  • Streamlined snow saw to help you keep careful track of the snowpack
  • Stainless steel construction is lightweight yet super strong
  • Offset teeth cut through ice, snow, and even wood with ease
  • Slots at the handle attach to ski poles for easy access
  • Snow crystal grid helps you accurately identify snow consistency
  • Lightweight sheath keeps it safe when not in use
  • Item #GGG0037

Material
aircraft-grade stainless steel
Length
[total] 18in, [blade] 14in
Pole Attachment
yes
Claimed Weight
5.9 oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year limited

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>Rating: 4

G3 Saw

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This is a very good tool. Used it to help build several snow shelters in a winter survival training. It does require a little care to avoid damaging snow pants, tarps, etc since it is very sharp, has a long reach and a somewhat awkward sheath. It is comfortable for right handed users only, yet the sheath seems inexplicably designed to attach to the left side/leg. Awkward but not critical. Mine came without the sheath straps. Annoying but not critical. The one thing that was critical was that if you drop this thing in deep powder and don't see where it lands you better have a metal detector. Put a long lanyard or wrist strap on it before using it or you may lose it at the first mishap. It is sharp and performs well.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

A+

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Light, effective, incredibly sharp... absolutely worth bringing on every tour. The saw to get!

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

Thank you for the very thoughtful review of this saw James!

>Rating: 5

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

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

The
>Rating: 4

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!

This
>Rating: 5

Great saw

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Works great for me. Nice and light weight. Cuts snow with the best of them.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

quality

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 3

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.

>Rating: 5

Good bone cutter

I was caught in an avallanche a while back in the 90's and i had the bonesaw with me. It was perfect! I managed to "release" my foot in 35 seconds. I strongly recomand this tool!

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And it can open your favorite brew!

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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?

Yes it is designed to be used with your right hand. I do not think there is a left handed version.

Brooks-Range.com makes snow saws for lefties.

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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.