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G3 Rutschblock Cord


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    The G3 Rutschblock Cord the best tool for testing snow stability whether dropping cornices or digging snow pits.

    The innovative G3 Rutschblock cord performs far better than the traditional knotted rope, revealing snow profiles with minimal effort. The lightweight cable is virtually indestructible and the low profile swage springs slice through snow and ice with minimal probe wear. Large loop handles can be used with gloves or mittens, and the bright red cable can be bull whipped for traveling in whiteout conditions.
    • Item #GGG0016

    Tech Specs

    18 ft 10 in
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year limited

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    Wire tangles and too short

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I got this hoping that it would work for cornice cuts. First off, for any application, it's a pain to work with. The wire holds a ton of memory and it gets tangled very easily. Secondly, despite the description, it's far too short for safe cornice cutting. Oh, and for what it is, it's a bit heavy. Thumbs down.

    Be Prepared in the Backcountry

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is a vital tool for separating the backside of your snow columns and performing accurate ECT in your pits. Very simple and straight forward, and you get the high quality that G3 is known for in the avalanche community. When it comes to being safe in the backcountry, you may as well have all the tools at your disposal to make safe, responsible decisions. Get a buddy, dig a pit, isolate your columns with this Rutschblock Cord, and be safe and smart! Have fun too while you're at it.

    Easy Peasy Lemon Squeazy!

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

    Finally, I don't have to just use cordelette to make my test blocks. I personally haven't had a chance to use mine yet (turns out doing avalanche tests on dry grass doesn't work too well) but I have used this before, and it's beyond helpful! The only downside is that this cord tends to get tangled in its pouch, but that's really just a nitpick. If you want to do some full Rutschblock testing, pick this up for sure!

    Cool Addition

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great cord - super durable and gets the job done. I gave mine to a friend and resumed using 4 mm cord with small knots in it. I like cord because it compacts down small and doesn't wreck my carbon probe. Don't get me wrong, this item is great, it's just not necessary for me.

    Worth the coin!

      I mainly got this for cornice bombs, and it does that job with ease, but I also use it for block testing. It cuts through layers of crud and ice with minimal effort. I decided to do a little modification to the crimped copper stoppers that hold the coils in place. I took a small jewelers file and rounded the edges so the cord would be less harsh on my probe. I didn't mind doing this as the coils are what cuts the ice and snow and as I said above it still does that with ease. It come with a nice clip to keep the cord coiled and the bad can be filled with snow to give it some swing weight. A great tool for you back country kit!

      Cool Tool

        I haven't had a chance to use this yet, so I may need to update once I have. I got a couple of these for stocking stuffers, and they look to be well made and helpful for cutting through harder layers of snow. G3 has put together a nice, lightweight package with this Rutschblock Cord and stuff sack. It looks like it will get the job done. I'll be glad to keep one in my pack and try to get myself to do stability tests more often.

        Useful cord

          Useful cord, does a great job sawing through cornices and getting the job done. Does what it is meant to do, however if you are doing a rutschblock test, you really need 2 people and 2 probes to get this cord to cut correctly. Great and strong, no problems where I've had a p-cord break before.

          Works better than rope

            Since I ski in the Southwest, we get a lot of wind/sun crusts and the knotted rope just failed when sawing through these layers....This thing put an end to that. I've seen reviews knocking the cord because of damage to poles...and I can see that this would be the case if you are using carbon fiber poles in conjunction with this cord to carve out a block....but since I use aluminum problem. The only complaint I have is that it tangles easily given it's permanent storage inside the provided sack....the sack forces you to coil the cord rather tightly and it can be a pain to undo any tangles. I would suggest storing it in bigger loops somewhere inside your pack rather than the sack it comes with...this will make it easier to handle.

            G3 cord VS knoted rope

              The G3 cord works fine if you know how to use it properly. Either your poles were cheap and or they were damaged& ready to break. Previously I carried a nylon cord that had knots, it works just fine in snow with soft layers- almost every season ends up with buried ice layers though. If theres been rain or a sun crust formed and got buried which is usaully the case, the nylon cord sucks- good luck getting through ice with a knoted cord!


                The very first Rutschblock I tried this on, the cord broke. It also broke a probe pole and messed up another one. I then switched to my nylon cord with knots tied in it, and it worked much better. So save your money and use 4 mil nylon cord with knots tied about every 8 inches. Then put a loop in both ends and you are ready to go.

                Save your money

                  This cord failed at one of the loop ends the first time I used it. Also it trashed both probes - one probe was carbon fiber & it got shredded and snapped due to the damage. Save your money and buy a 4mm cord & put knots every half meter! This is what the guides use & b/c this option is more versatile, cheaper & it won't damage your probes.

                  Rutschblock Cord

                    This is a great fun tool for backcountry. I climb and really need to know the snowpack of the area I am going into. This is a great tool for me to see how much it will take to avalanche an area. That way I can decide if this slope is good or not to traverse. It gives me options to be safe in the backcountry. I purchased my cord a couple of years ago and my mountaineering guide liked it so much, I purchased this one for him as a present.

                    Fast Rutschblock method

                      Using this cord simplifies cutting out Rutschblocks. The only stipulation is that two people in your group have probes to put in the back corners of the Rutschblock. While everyone has shovels, transceivers, not everyone carries a probe, which makes using this cord tough. So consider who you'll be skiing with and whether they carry a probe. Also the cord produced slight wear on my probe when I used it...It was mostly comestic.