AVALANCHE SHOVEL GUIDE
FIND OUT WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR WHEN PURCHASING A HIGH-QUALITY AVALANCHE SHOVEL.
Shovel Shaft & Grip
The correct grip for every user: The D-grip is the “king of grips” when it comes to efficiency. It’s considered the most ergonomic grip on the market! In comparison, the T-grip Pro is more compact and lighter. It can be altered to suit left and right-handers too, and it offers the foundation for effective snow clearing. The hybrid grip guarantees optimum force transmission and a wide variety of grip positions for right and left-handers.
A telescopic shovel shaft provides greater leverage, thus enabling faster, more efficient shoveling. Shovels with a telescopic shaft also have a smaller pack size and will fit in a touring backpack more easily.
RUBBERIZED GRIP ZONE
A rubberized grip zone ensures the shovel does not slip during shoveling. It also ensures the avalanche shovel remains 100% ice-free.
RESCUE SLED FUNCTION
The four drill holes can be used for assembling a rescue sled to transport the injured person in an emergency situation.
OVAL HANDLE CROSS-SECTION
An oval shovel handle is significantly more stable than a round handle. An oval handle cross-section makes using the push button for sliding the telescopic shaft in and out easier and more intuitive.
LARGE BLADE VOLUME
The shovel blade must be big enough to move lots of snow in a short time – but the blade volume must not be too large either, as otherwise the shovel strokes become too difficult.
An elevated shovel edge means the snow stays on the shovel blade during shoveling and cannot slip off the sides. The high sidewalls therefore ensure more effective shoveling.
CONVERT TO CLEARING FUNCTION
You should be able to convert an avalanche shovel to use the clearing function with a single maneuver. Coupled with the correct shoveling strategy, this function facilitates better clearing in the second row, saving lifesaving time.
SHARP SHOVEL CUTTING EDGE
Avalanche snow is not like powder snow. A sharp, sturdy cutting edge penetrates hard, icy snow surfaces in the avalanche deposit zone more easily. This enables quicker and more efficient shoveling.
Robust, break-resistant material is what makes a high-quality avalanche shovel. We use various materials for our shovels: The extremely stable 5052 ALUMINUM is the first choice for many of our shovel blades. For our high-end products and for the majority of our shovel shafts, 6061 ALUMINUM T6 is used for its optimum weight-to-rigidity ratio. For our probes and the PRO LIGHT we use the high-quality and extremely stable 7075 ALUMINUM T6.
WITH LARGE BLADE VOLUME AND 90° CLEARING FUNCTION
AVERAGE SHOVEL 2.1 l **
KODIAK: REGULAR MODE 3.1 l **
CLEARING FUNCTION 3.1 l **
This is how you shovel quickly and effectively to save time and power that can save lives.
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