Backcountry Access Traverse EXT Shovel
Price Paid: 60$
Very tough, lightweight and reliable shovel. It can freeze-up a bit during temperature changes but it's not too bad. The blade is just a bit too small for serious digging, but it's perfect for occasional use. I'm still happy with it after 5 winters.
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The Backcountry Access Traverse EXT Shovel offers the backcountry enthusiast a lightweight aluminum digger that extends out to 30 inches and weighs in at a modest 21oz. The Traverse EXT's strong oval shaft is easy to grip with a gloved hand. The T-grip can be looped through and worn without a pack with user-supplied webbing or rope, and the 6000-series aluminum blade powers through set-up snow like it's feta cheese.
One of the lightest extendable-handle shovels on the mountain--Traverse is over 30 inches long and weighs less than a pound and a half! High-grade, 6061 aluminum with oversized, oval-shaped ferrule increases blade rigidity and strength. Oval-shaped tubes increase prying strength and provide an ergonomic fit for gloved hands, minimizing fatigue while digging. Streamlined design fits well on the back of your pack.
Be prepared for anything that may come your way in the backcountry when you carry Backcountry Access's Traverse EXT Shovel. The extendable handle stows easily and deploys quickly when you need to move snow fast. Ultra-strong when you need it, and light to carry when you don't, the all-aluminum construction is strong and reliable.
- Mountain Gear
Backcountry Access Traverse EXT Shovel (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the Traverse EXT Shovel by Backcountry Access Super-strong oval shaft T-grip Extendable only 6061-series aluminum blade with oval ferrule Collapsed length: 24 inches / 60 cm Extended length: 31 inches / 78 cm Blade dimensions: 9 x 10 inches / 23 x 25.5 cm Weight: 20 ounces / 567 grams