Purchased this tiny but powerful tool to dig a snow fort out of frozen snow pile that had been created by a avalanche. Actually it was created by a front end loaded but avalanche sounds much more adventurous. The shovel is pretty tough and cut through the icy snow very well (although a weakling may not have been as successful as I was). The snow saw is an added bonus (it could be a couple of inches longer) and cuts through the snow like butter. Teflon coating on the shovel blade helps keep the sticky snow off the blade.The pole collapses which makes for easier storage.A great shovel to have in the vehicle for emergencies or if you just feel like shoveling a little snow. I may have to buy another for mom's birthday.