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Voile Telepro Shovel

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Backcountry pros choose the Telepro.

The Voile Telepro is a preferred shovel among patrollers and avalanche professionals the world over. The stout D-shaped handle fits comfortably in the hand as you move piles and piles of snow, and the extendable (or telescoping) shaft delivers greater leverage when you're prying out columns or digging your rig out of a parking lot after another deep day in the backcountry.

  • A sturdy avalanche shovel for backountry touring
  • Telescoping handle reduces strain to lower back
  • Removable scoop allows shovel to be easily packed
  • Item #VOL0017

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Warranty
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Claimed Weight
1 lb 14 oz
Blade Dimensions
15 x 10 in
Assembled Length
[assembled] 31.5 in, [extended] 39.5 in

Tech Specs

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Great price quality product bit large

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

So I got this shovel for my backcountry pack getting started on split boarding this year and am on a budget. Was initially a little concerned about the price cause you usually get what you pay for but this is a high quality shovel that'll work great. If you don't have a lot of room in your pack you may want to spend a little more on a more compact one but this worked to create a space in the front pocket where all the safty great fits

Great to keep in the car

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

Full disclosure: I bought this to keep in the car in case I end up getting stuck. So far I have not had to use it. But it's a great conversation starter haha!

Wont FIT a BD Jetforce 11!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I don't personally own this item. Just be aware this shovel is not going to fit a Black Diamond JetForce 11. The smaller storage of that pack just doesn't cut it for this bad boy here.

dig yourself out of any situation

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

if you are willing to lug it around it will get you out of many sticky or deep situations, it is by no means the most compact shovel on the market but it does the job as a car shovel or a BC shovel, it can tackle whatever you put in front of it.

Telepro shovel pros and cons

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like this shovel and the digging it can accomplish. I specifically chose it after reading extensive reviews on Utah Avalanche's newsletter. It is relatively lightweight, collapsible, and has a nice squarish top for digging. My one compliant is the curvature of the shovel itself. Pit digging is a bit difficult because your blade always wants to make things concave, not straight and it is nearly impossible to make it perfectly straight. Also, it is slightly challenging to fit in a backpack for the same reason, so it requires more space that in should. That being said, it is quick to put together and could certainly dig your friend out of an avalanche just fine. Only don't buy this shovel on my account if you're a prissy snow science nerd like me, otherwise, its a great brand and great value.

Great Shovel!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an awesome shovel. High Quality shovel. So high Quality in fact that i doubt that I will ever need to buy another shovel again. The only down side is that its not the most compact able but that not a huge deal because my ski pack holds the handle perfectly. The shovel head is a good size, not to big or small. I mainly use this shovel to make kickers in the side country and then keep it in my car just in case when I'm not snowboarding. Love how it is simply and the handle extends nicely.

Very sturdy, light, (not so compact?)

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not sure what I was expecting (and this is my first backcountry shovel purchase..) but I guess I imagined it would pack a little smaller. It fits quite easily into my Arcteryx Quintic 28 though..

That aside, it's a very well made piece of kit. I don't imagine babying it, nor will I regret carrying it since it is nice and light.

Great D handle, good length, and a nice bright color. And the price was right too

*** Update: I've been beating the crap outta this thing for a little while now and it's not even letting go of its paint. Very impressive. ***

Sweet Shovel

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a really good shovel for a really good price. The extendable handle is a handy feature making it a full length shovel and the handle of the shovel is detachable so we can fit two in one pack (our Arc’teryx Quintic pack) Very sturdy while shoveling snow.

Excellent Shovel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not only is this one of the cheapest shovels out there, it's also one of the best. Even the CAIC agrees - this was the highest rated shovel for durability and ease of use in an independent study they did a few years back. A lot of avalanche shovels feel like toys. Not the case here. It is on the heavy side, but I don't think that potentially life-saving gear is any place to shave off ounces, especially when the extra weight means a more useful piece of gear.

Fully extended, the shovel is surprisingly large and substantial. The D-grip is large enough to accommodate gloved hands and easy to get a good hold on - just like the one on the shovel you use for your driveway. The extra leverage provided by the telescoping handle really makes a big difference when you're moving a lot of snow. I've tried this shovel side by side with light-weight, short handled shovels doing digging drills and the difference is really night and day. No doubt about it - this is what I want in my hands if I have to dig my buddy out.

Buy one for yourself and one for anyone that might have to dig you out when the brown hits the fan.

Patroller's choice

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this shovel since 2009 and it has never let me down. The durable construction is rock solid even when digging through concrete-like debris. The D-grip extendable handle is excellent for prolonged digging and offers much appreciated leverage. You can assemble and deploy this shovel in less then 5 seconds and it moves snow like a rabid wolverine. Will be keeping this item in my backcountry kit and patrol pack forever.

Patroller's choice

Good shovel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A very nice shovel. I had a deploy 3 but wanted something a little bigger. I would suggest the same for anyone else you want a good size blade on your shovel and the Black diamond deploy line just doesn't cut it! . It goes together very easily and fits nicely in my kode 42. Great for snow pits!

Would buy another but doubt Ill need to

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this shovel. Its nothing fancy but it doesn't need to be to be honest. It did well in all uses from digging pits to building jumps and I hope I never have to but I dont doubt it will perform should I ever need to dig a buddy out. Hardly feels like anything in my pack, its not super light but Id rather a bit of weight if its more sturdy. The telescopic handle is pretty handy too.

It fits just fine in my Deuter Freerider Pro too...

Prime shovel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It is the perfect size and weight. Easy to pack and relatively light for the amount of snow you can scoop. It works great for digging pits and various other activities (sledding etc.) but I have thankfully not yet had to use it to dig anybody out of an avy. Perfect for any adult (small or big, weak or strong). Love the handle!

Recommended by avy professionals, burly!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this shovel because it came highly recommended by a number of ski patrollers I know. They use it as their day-to-day work shovel, and many of them also use it as their go-to touring shovel. I used one of the jingus Lexan-bladed Lifelink shovels until I got serious about my touring and realized that metal blades are the only way to go.

That was about 5 years ago. Since then, I've used this shovel on every tour for digging pits, caves on multi-day outings, excavating tent platforms, etc... and have had absolutely no complaints. The handle and blade have always fit together nicely, even when covered in ice and snow, and the telescoping handle has never not worked. Yes, the shovel is on the heavy side compared to others in its class, but honestly that feels more like an attribute when you consider its potential to help save your buddy's life. I use the D-handle model, which accommodates bulky gloves very well.

great shovel for bigger people

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

It takes a little longer to put together than the slide out BD shovels but its longer handle makes it easier to dig with. Short handled shovels may take up less space but I find that my back/arms start to fatigue after a couple of minutes...the longer handle allows me to dig at a more steady pace for longer...great for building kickers and although I haven't used it in emergency I think it will help out.

Can this shovel be used for sand. I need...

Can this shovel be used for sand. I need one to go 4wheeling and thought it would also be handy to have in my truck in the winter.


Best Answer

Hey pJbp.

I had the Black Diamond Deploy 3 shovel and once had the misfortune of getting a minivan stuck in the salt flats here in Utah. Let me just say, we would have been COMPLETELY and totally screwed if I hadn't had my shovel. The soil was extremely wet, damp and sandy in composition and the shovel handled absolutely fine (though it did become absolutely filthy). Salt flat soil is not a weak foe...

Based on this experience, I would say this will suit your needs.

It sucked because the Deploy 3 has a pretty small blade and shaft, so I would say this Voile shovel will be a much more reliable tool since both the blade and shaft are larger.

Not sure if this experience of mine is applicable to what you need, but I thought it couldn't hurt to share!

Minivans don't belong on salt remember that.

Unanswered Question

so for just making jumps off trails and...

so for just making jumps off trails and not really any backcountry should i go with the t6 or does it not matter?

Is this a good shovle to build run ins and...

Is this a good shovle to build run ins and kickers? Thats what i would use it for.

This is a great shovel for that, and thankfully I've used it way more for that, than digging someone out after an avy. The telescoping handle means you don't have to bend over as far when digging, and less strain on your back means you can dig for longer. The D shaped grip, is way more comfortable than the T shaped handle. And the metal blade is solid and wide, and you can shovel quite a bit of snow with it. It's been great for building and shaping kickers. Definitely recommend it. As far as run-ins go, you wouldn't really be using a shovel, as much as your skis.

I've got one of these and love it. I'd...

I've got one of these and love it. I'd like to find a saw that fits in the handle - is it possible to buy one separately?

Actually ... Voile makes a saw that fits. The downside is that you have to buy a new handle that matches the saw, and the handle is a T rather than D... I got one direct from Voile and am very happy with it. In theory, it fits all of their shovel blades.

The saw is not as versatile as, say, the BD saw which attaches to various poles; can't really use it to cut a full-size rutschblock. But works great for snow shelters!

Will this fit in the Gregory Targhee Large...

Will this fit in the Gregory Targhee Large pack?

does this shovel fit with the ak 15L...

does this shovel fit with the ak 15L pack?

Does anyone know if there are any instructional...

Does anyone know if there are any instructional videos or instructions on how you would use the shovel to make a rescue sled or snow anchor?

And the Anchor:

Beside color and $... What's the difference...

Beside color and $... What's the difference between the two products here in the drop down menu? It lists T6/Orange and a yellow versions.

Best Answer

It's stronger. T6 is the level of hardness reached in the aluminum heat-treating process for the Voile T6 model avalanche shovel scoop. Avalanche professionals, guides, patrollers, and rescue teams require this level durablity in their avalanche rescue shovel. All Voile T6 avalanche shovel scoops have deadman holes in the scoop to be used for snow anchors or for making a rescue sled.

The Yellow (non-T6) = Std. Alum Tempered

The T6/Orange version is much stronger - I have used the yellow version for the last two years. Building jumps and working in the backcountry and it always seems to bend at the corners of the shovel after a season of active use. For backcountry safety you will want a strong - reliable shovel like the T6/Orange. Definitely worth $10 more!

Write your question here...How wide is the...

Write your question here...How wide is the blade?

Will this shovel fit inside a BD Covert...

Will this shovel fit inside a BD Covert backpack?

Is there a difference between the blue and...

Is there a difference between the blue and orange shovels - besides the color? Why the price difference?