Price Paid: 75-85
Very strong and nice looking. It sculpts pits really well too. The thing I don't like about it is the pop clip on the underside of the shovel, digging a buddy out and having that jam open with some ice... BAD NEWS MAN! And the "Dry Safety Compartment" is too small to fit any kind of "Safety" gear in.
Overall it's one of the best shovels out there.
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An OMC staff favorite! The G3 AviTECH brings shovel technology up to date. Innovative, light, durable and reliable, this aluminum shovel will not bend or crack when called upon to perform in the most strenuous rescue conditions Rescue ready webbing slots for sled configuration Powerful D-grip handle uses common ice axe loops for secure attachment Unique stash compartment built into handle Blade width: 9.5 in(24 cm) Blade length: 10.5in (26.5 cm)
Avalanche pros know what's up when it comes to gear, and for years they've been using, abusing, and trusting the G3 AviTECH shovel for snow study pits, avalanche rescue, and the occasional big ol' backcountry booter. Built with a flat aluminum blade, the AviTECH is perfect for digging out smooth pit walls or chopping through debris, and has several slots designed to facilitate building a rescue sled. The aluminum shaft is tough and durable, but a blast of adrenaline can kick you into overdrive in emergency situations, leading to a snapped shovel--to remedy this, G3 designed the telescoping shaft in two parts, allowing you simply remove the broken section and continue digging. This edition has been styled out with the Backcountry.com goat logo, helping it to stand out whether you're scooping out a kitchen on Denali or digging practice pits in your backyard.
Designed to satisfy the needs of industry pros and backcountry explorers, the durable AviTECH Shovel from G3 is light, strong, and innovative. Featuring a heat-treated aluminum blade that can be rigged in to a rescue sled and two grip options, this is a shovel that you can trust in the backcountry.
- Mountain Gear
Description of G3 AviTech Backcountry Shovel D GripInnovative, light, strong and extremely durable the G3 AviTECH Shovel is designed for backcountry travelers and industry professionals. Heat treating the aluminum connector tube and blade after TIG welding relieves residual stresses and produces a stronger shaft to blade interface.The AviTECH shovel is easily adapted to the days anticipated use by selecting from the 3 in 1 configuration. FeaturesPremium post-production heat treated 6061 T6 aluminum bladeTIG welded connector tube for maximum strengthSlotted blade for rescue sled constructionPowerful D-Grip handle uses common ice axe loops for secure attachmentUnique dry-stash compartment built into handleWEIGHT 670g 24oz D-grip Packed Length Collapsed 57cm 22inBlade Width 20.5cm 8in Blade Length 25cm 10in
- US Outdoor Store