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Thread: Shovel size/etc
01-21-2008, 09:21 AM #1
Not sure if this is slide zone or tech talk, but:
I bought my first set of avi gear when I was a poor student, all pretty cheap stuff which I now want to replace (analog transceiver, lexan shovel, dodgy looking probe...you get the idea)
I'm thinking BD Guide probe and BCA tracker, but was wondering about shovels. My local ski shop (I live in London, pickings are slim) only sells the BD Deploy 3 and BD Transfer 3. Both seem a bit small, are they big enough to be practical? Also regarding the deploy, the one in the shop seemed a bit wobbly between the shaft and blade, is this common and is it a problem in the field?
My skiing is typically side-country in Europe, and no I haven't taken an avi course but I'm booked into one in two weeks time.
01-21-2008, 10:10 AM #2
If you skied with me, I would offer you my full-sized snow shovel with solid metal blade. You would also get to use my newest, easiest to use, top of the line transceiver too. Myself, I would use your flimsy little plastic shovel and the crappy out-dated beacon.... You deserve the best gear. That's just the kind of guy I am!Leave No Turn Unstoned!
01-21-2008, 10:15 AM #3
Get a large, durable shovel. I have the transfer 7 and like it a lot. It gets used for digging out snowmobiles the most, but I wouldn't want a smaller shovel for anything.
01-21-2008, 10:50 AM #4
01-23-2008, 07:41 AM #5
just bought a deploy 7 online. The more I looked at them in the shops the more those deploy/transfer 3's just looked far too small for any serious job. If they are too small, then it begs the question why they are sold.
01-23-2008, 09:30 AM #6Lord King of the Beater-Kooks
01-23-2008, 03:26 PM #7
I have the transfer 7 as well. I've done a fair bit of digging and while the connection between the blade and handle isn't super snug, I've never found it to be an issue. The only issue I have had is that the shovel blade won't fit in some shovel compartments, so check it with your pack if you can.
01-23-2008, 03:31 PM #8Registered User
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I found that my Voile Telepro T6 shovel fits in some small packs.
That's because the handle disconnects into 2 short pieces.
With a good sized blade (piece#3), I can still fit the shovel in the gear pocket of my covert 22L.
Pretty good for a shovel with a D-grip.
So, I would recommend the T6 based on that.
When I tried the BD shovels, they collapse, but as mentioned above, remain big, so are tough to pack.
01-23-2008, 05:47 PM #9
01-23-2008, 11:34 PM #10Hailstone, UT
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Anyone else have any comments on this shovel? Lets see now over the years I've had a couple Voile D grip shovels and an older orange BD shovel. I think I have 1 & 1/2 left of the three (one is in my pack now).
01-23-2008, 11:38 PM #11
If you are buying a shovel read up on HOW TO SHOVEL
Last edited by Hugh Conway; 01-23-2008 at 11:41 PM.Lord King of the Beater-Kooks
01-24-2008, 03:49 AM #12
01-25-2008, 05:34 AM #13
So the deploy 7 has arrived, there is very little play between the shaft and blade (much less than the deploy 3's I tested in the store) and it fits snugly in the covert 32, so overall a happy choice though wouldn't mind not having to use it
01-25-2008, 09:19 AM #14
T handles are rare in the shovel world outside of avi shovels. I've always seen T handles as a tradeoff... going slightly smaller and slightly lighter in exchange for a reduction in digging ergonomics (speed) especially at (frequently encountered) weird angles. I will say that the T handle does offer less of a chance of breaking than a D, but I consider handle breakage a low possibility. In my experience, I found the L handles like the SOS and some Ortovox shovels have to be superior to the T handle ergonomics while offering the same benefits. I use an SOS shovel with an L handle. I also have a BCA shovel with a D handle.
hmmm no I wasn't wrong about them "then" because I edited in the handle comments when I made the post in this thread. As for being wrong now, do you have an argument to make in favor of T handles?
Last edited by Summit; 01-25-2008 at 09:24 AM.Originally Posted by blurred
01-25-2008, 09:29 AM #15
I used to be opposed to T handles because I liked to wear mitts and the handle made this difficult unless wearing gloves. The Transfer 7 that I now use has an indent where your fingers go and I find it usable with mitts.
I really like this shovel and think that it is large and durable enough to quickly move large volumes of snow, but it becomes compact enough to fit inside my pack.
01-25-2008, 09:55 AM #16
as a glove only wearer: I own two D-handle shovels and a T-handle rides in my pack cause I like that shovel the best and do not notice a real substantial difference in performance between D and T.
A note on shovels, you'll almost never see an kind of shoveling professional (aka: ditch digger) using anything but a long straight handled shovel with no grip, the obvious exception to this is a literal grainscoop."It is not the result that counts! It is not the result but the spirit! Not what - but how. Not what has been attained - but at what price.
- A. Solzhenitsyn
01-25-2008, 10:22 AM #17
Example of the L handle:
Here the an SOS Deluxe handle I use. They call the handle and "offset-T"
SOS produces no normal T handles.
Here is Ortovox's Pro Alu... they call it an "ergonomic T-handle"
Ortovox only has traditional T handles on their budget model lexan shovels.
Even G3 is starting to offset their T handles albeit not as severely and I still don't like their Ts:
ETA I messed around with an Ortovox Grizzly 2 again last night... sick shovel... I think you could kill a goat with it...
Last edited by Summit; 01-25-2008 at 10:34 AM.Originally Posted by blurred
01-25-2008, 10:43 AM #18Lord King of the Beater-Kooks
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