Reviewed by Abe from Park City, UT on Wednesday, October 8, 2014
As I stated in the picture I submitted, this shovel is not for avalanche rescue, it snapped the first time I used it for a beacon search in firm snow, snapped like a twig... It's fine for a car shovel but it's nothing more then that. Don't go cheapo on a lifesaving piece of emergency rescue gear, get a good shovel!
Reviewed by J Barnes from Colorado on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Bought this shovel at a decent price for my first season in the backcountry. A year later I have to replace it.
The good: The cost. The previous review?
The okay: Its a shovel. Relatively lightweight.
The bad: Its not aluminum. At your first avy class you'll see why metal is preferable. Sharper, and harder. Easier to cut through the snow pack.
The ugly: One of the internal springs popped out and is a PITA to retrieve, rending the shovel rather useless. It happened as I was digging a pit.
The other ugly: Multiple pieces = more to loose.
Bottom line: Buy the single piece, aluminum shovel from Black Diamond.