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Old 12-28-2012, 02:35 PM
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there's been a series of aluminum-bladed snow shovels in stock at one of our local department stores up here. they've caught my eye for months now, been racking my brain for a good reason.
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:17 PM
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They sure make snow shelters and digging someone out (in case of collapse or avalanche) a little easier.

However, so many of them weigh over a pound. [Of course, the weight is worth it all if it's used to save life -- but each person has to work out his/her actual needs and potential conditions/circumstances.]

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Old 12-31-2012, 12:50 AM
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I've also had the Voile with the telescoping handle - used it since 2000. It's a little heavy by modern standards. I've looked at others to reduce weight, and last year I bought a new one from a mainstream outdoor retailer - excellent quality name, great looking product. I took it out once, and found the blade to be a little too thin (it and the handle twisted a little under torque) and the handle a little too short (got a backache using it). It went back. Now I'm committed to not complaining about the weight of my Voile any more. I just hope any snow-buddy I go out with has made the same decision (since it will be their shovel that digs me out, not mine, and I really don't want their shovel to fail them)!

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Old 01-03-2013, 09:11 PM
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I've also had the Voile with the telescoping handle - used it since 2000.
I have one of those, which I haven't taken backpacking, but used car camping a few times. It lives in my car during snow season, but until you just reminded me, I hadn't moved it there yet.

For trail use, I wish it were lighter, but its stiffness and edge hardness are really nice.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:33 PM
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For trail use, I wish it were lighter, but its stiffness and edge hardness are really nice.
I feel the same way. I have an ultralight snowclaw and a homemade flexible shovel that is similar to the snowclaw. But it sure would be nice to have a metal shovel that is a great compromise between weight and durability.

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Old 03-13-2013, 03:12 AM
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I keep a Snow Claw in the truck. The two-hand grip and the plastic lip make it easier to clear snow off the vehicle without scratching the paint. I passed on the $10,000 International version, paying something like $20 for it some years ago.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:42 AM
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snow claw is a LOT lighter than the k2 i've been looking at...
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:59 AM
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I've carried a Voile aluminum avalanche shovel for years. It's been used for digging snow caves, for avalanche training (no real ones, thank God) and to dig out stuck cars after a snow storm. It's been a really good shovel. There are lighter ones out these days but I have no plans to replace it.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:42 PM
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I have a BD deploy 7 and a deploy 3. Construction is durable but the curved handles are awkward to work with and the sloping top of the blade(s) are almost impossible to press into the snow with your boot. I wouldn't recommend.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:44 PM
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Shovel

My next shovel will be a Voile

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