Life-Link Pit Boss
Price Paid: $46 at cost as a MILO employee in 2000
This shovel is light and unbreakable!
I accidentally backed over the shovel head of mine with the car back in 2001 and I still have it in my back country pack ready to go for 2009-2010 season. I doubt an aluminum piece could make that claim. Simply unbeatable.
If you know what Lexan plastic is you won't hesitate to get it. I even sharpen it with a file once in a while to keep it sharp for cutting snow easier.
I really like the Life Link products for back country use, and recommend them to anyone getting into serious winter hiking and riding.
I wish they had the Arva 3000 Transceiver in their avalanche transceiver list I would review it, as that is what I have use backcountry for more than 5 years, but have also used a Pieps, and an early model DTS tracker.
Thanks for reading.
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CLOSEOUTS . The Life-Link Pit Boss avalanche shovel has reinforced sidewalls, stiffening ribs and an integrated welded sleeve to eliminate the classic weak points of extended-neck avalanche shovels. Powder-coated aluminum blade is extremely resistant to rust and sticking snow. Extendable design Focused on pit shaping with less dish for shaving sides 11- ” blade length for exact shovel shear tests Designed for avalanche safety, but great for building big-air kickers Heavy-duty but very lightweight and packable Holes in blade and handle for easy lashing to pack D-grip handle Length: 27” retracted, 36- ” extended Blade: 11- x10- ” Weight: 1 lb. 10 oz. Materials: Powder-coated aluminum blade Anodized aluminum shaft CLOSEOUTS . USA.
- Sierra Trading Post
Tested by Valdez Heli Guides and professional avalanche forecasters, the Life-Link Pit Boss Shovel helps you move tons of snow quickly, yet packs to 11.5in. In addition to the blade's steep sidewalls, which increase strength, it also has a neck-less design, which is both stronger and lower-profile than a standard blade-to-handle interface. With an extendable handle and flat-bottom profile, the Pit Boss is perfect for digging an avie pit or building a huge booter.
Don't gamble with avalanche safety, take the Pit Boss shovel on your next backcountry outing for digging out shelters, testing snowpack or rescue. Shovel design excels at pit shaping for backcountry avalanche safety or, for big air fans, building kickers with ease. Expert Exum guide Mark Newcomb helped design the Pit Boss, ensuring a 30cm width for standardized compression, shear and tap snow tests. T-grip handle is comfortable and manageable with gloves on, providing superb leverage and control. Stronger sidewalls, stiffening ribs and integrated welded sleeve eliminates the classic weak point of extended-neck shovels. Lightweight, powder-coated aluminum blade and anodized aluminum shaft provide faithful service and performance; powder-coating resists snow sticking. Holes in the blade and handle allow shovel to be equipped with webbing straps for lashing to pack.