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Ortovox Pro Alu III Shovel

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Pro Alu III Shovel

In the backcountry, the last thing you want is a cheap-ass shovel that breaks before you've even started to dig a snow-pit. The Ortovox Pro Alu III Shovel combines rigid and lightweight metals to create a highly functional, lightweight shovel that will last as long as you do. Stabilization ribs and high side walls on the blade increase rigidity, and the integrated handle makes the shovel easy to pack. The quick-lock mechanism makes it easy to put the shaft in place and start digging when time is of the essence. The T-Grip Pro handle reverses to fit your handed-ness, so righties and lefties alike can use this shovel efficiently. Whether you're digging down into the snowpack or using the shovel as a hoe to chop, the Pro Alu III shovel lets you quickly clear snow without adding weight to your pack.

  • Pack-friendly shovel
  • Stabilization ribs, high sidewalls
  • Rubberized grip zone at base of shaft
  • Telescoping handle
  • T-grip Pro ergonomic handle, reversible
  • Item #ORT0161

Blade
aluminum
Shaft
aluminum
Handle
T-shaped
Assembled Length
44.4in
Blade Dimensions
11.4 x 8.7 x 2in
Claimed Weight
1lb 12oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
5 years

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Most used shovel in my arsenal

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I have 3 avalanche shovels in my gear closet and this one goes out the most due to it finding the right balance between weight, size, and performance. I also carry the Pocket Spike to convert the shaft into a substantial self-arrest tool for Spring ski mountaineering tours. I am an Ortovox Ambassador and received this shovel to test and use.

>Rating: 5

Ortovox Shovel

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

Light weight, easy to assemble and take apart. Fits well in my Osprey pack.

>Rating: 5

Darn Good Shovel

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This shovel has a larger blade which makes it super efficient at moving snow. You can keep this as a short shovel, extend the handle for a little more length, or convert it to a hoe for an even faster dig. There is a nice notch on the top of the handle to give you extra force when in hoe mode. It all packs up nicely enough. Solid shovel.

>Rating: 5

Perfect!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

The larger blade is great for moving more snow, more quickly and the extending handle offers up more leverage which is a great thing when working with a larger blade. The handle is comfy enough, everything folds down nice and small, and the ability to use the shovel as a hoe is great for chopping through crustier snowpack. I am a fan.

>Rating: 5

Just what I need in a shovel

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This shovel has just what you want, nothing more, nothing less. It's a great size (big enough to move snow, small enough to keep my backpack happy), durable, and lightweight. I enjoy the quick-lock feature - I can have it out and ready to use in seconds. From avalanche courses, building winter camps, and digging out cars from the road, it's been my go-to winter tool for the backcountry.

>Rating: 4

Shove it!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Great little shovel. I upgraded from a BD shovel because I wanted 1). A bigger blade 2). A longer shaft Hey, I'm a girl! What can I say!??!? Ortovox Pro Alu III was the ticket. The blade is sturdy, sizable and sharp, it really chops through ice or harder snow because the blade is so sharp along the edge. (ON that note, be careful with stuff in your pack - my shovel has scratched stuff before). Shovel is super straightforward and easy to use. I like the shape of the handle and the width of the handle is good too. One reason I didn't like my old shovel was because the handle did feel too small, it was difficult to grip with gloves or mittens on, and this wide T-style grip is much more user-friendly. Like the length on this model. I've never had issues with the telescope feature failing or freezing up. This shovel also fits nicely in my Ortovox pack. I've used this for 2 winters now with no complaints. Added bonus, you can flip the shaft around to convert your shovel to 'HO' mode, which is really handy for digging pits and chopping action.

Great
>Rating: 5

Perfect!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

The Pro ALU III is most definitely my favorite shovel. Lightweight and strong, and the clearing function is the icing on the cake. I'm hoping to get my hands on an Ortovox Pocket Spike to turn the handle into an ice axe for not-so-technical ski ascents!

>Rating: 5

I love this shovel!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Over the years I've ended up with 4 avy shovels and this is by far my favorite! It's light enough to get packed every time, and can move snow. I've never had to dig anyone out, but we did use the entrenching function clearing snow for a snow-cave and I won't have another shovel without it.

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Ortovox shoveling in action

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Does it comes with the pocket spike ? Do you sell it ? (main reason of this shovel !)

Does

Unfortunately we do not sell the pocket spike. That looks awesome. Would still be worried about using it as a true self arrest tool though, it is only held on with a little ball and hole connection.

It's not a real ice tool for sure. It's just a help, or using it as a brake. I like the idea when you don't need an ice tool, you have this 2in1 shovel.

I have seen this attachment in action. I wouldn't climb anything with it, but I do think it would hold in a self arrest. Super light. Awesome idea!

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How big is the collapsed handle? Will it...

How big is the collapsed handle? Will it fit into a medium sized pack?

Hey Pen, I don't have mine handy for measuring, but it easily fits into my small 25L pack.

The collapsed length is about 18 in