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The Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel is a collapsible shovel for backcountry action. The shaft nests directly into the blade, collapsing the whole thing down to 16.9 inches in length. Pack it into your backpack and head out into the wilderness. If you get into trouble and need to start digging, grab the shovel and extend it to its full length of 24.8 inches. Safety is paramount when exploring the backcountry.
FEATURES of the Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel
Curved, trapezoidal shovel nests in the anodized blade of the shovel
Rated 4 out of
Compact Avy shovelProbably not the most effective size if you must dig someone out. However, it is really compact (was able to bring it inside a 45L pack on an overnight) which means you're more likely to bring it with you when you go out, and at the end of the day having any shovel with you is far more effective than having nothing. I've had larger shovels in the past, and admittedly I left them at home when I probably shouldn't have owing to bulk etc. This one I actually bring along. Aside from that it digs in the snow and seems durable.