Black Diamond Deploy 3

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I have used this shovel for two trips into the White…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: ~$60

I have used this shovel for two trips into the White Mountains early this year (January and March). It does well chopping through hard snow, with no worries of it breaking or not being up to the task. It collapses into a small package and straps easily to the outside of my pack.

This is a lot of shovel for 20 ounces. A good piece of gear, and although I never dreamed of paying $60 for a shovel, I'm happy with the purchase.

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The Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel, built specifically for backcountry travelers and first responders, is a lightweight, portable snow shovel that deploys instantaneously for emergency situations. Trapezoidal, curved-shaft design provides rotation-free, fast activation with the squeeze of a spring pin. For integrated storage, the shaft slides into the shovel's strong aluminum blade, which is designed to move large quantities of snow quickly and to create smooth pit walls. This integrated storage assures that this shovel will fit in just about any pack and still leave room for everything else you need. Weighs only 1 lb, 4 oz and measures only 17.3" in when handle is stowed. The ergonomic hybrid handle feels like a D-grip but packs like a T-grip. Winner of I.D. Magazine's Annual Design Award in 2009. The Black Diamond Deploy is the fastest loading and locking portable snow shovel out there - in emergencies, every second counts. Color: Cinnamon. Weight: 565 g or 1 lb 4 oz. Blade Volume: 1.14 L or 0.3 gal. Blade Size: 14 x 8.5 in. Length Attached: 24.8 in. Length with Handle Stowed: 17.3 in. Material: 6000 Series Aluminum

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

Free Shipping. Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel FEATURES of the Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel Curved, trapezoidal shovel nests in the anodized blade of the shovel Engages in a fraction of a second Hybrid D/T handle SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel Weight: 1 lb 4 oz / 565 g Blade Volume: 0.3 gal / 1.14 liter Extended Length: 24.8in. / 63 cm Collapsed Length: 16.9in. / 43 cm

- Moosejaw

Check out the Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel if you want a design that's light, small, fast, and simple. Couloir Magazine was so impressed they gave it their 2006 Degisn Innovations Award. The Deploy 3 Shovel's handle collapses into the blade for a tiny 17. 3in package that's entirely self-contained. Just give the handle a pull, and its trapezoidal shape ensures it slides and locks into place. No more messing with frozen buttons or handle parts buried in your pack. In addition to this Black Diamond shovel's amazing simplicity, it weighs only 20oz, making it a great choice for alpine climbing and lightweight backcountry tours.


For avalanche safety, no other snow shovel allows you to react in an emergency as fast as the innovative Deploy. With its non-rotating trapezoidal design, you'll never waste previous time searching for spring-pin holes to lock.