Ortovox Professional Alu
Price Paid: B-Day present
I broke this shovel the first time I used it. I live in Alaska and took a 3 day avalanche class. On the first rescue digging drill, I started digging, then the 2 little aluminum rivets that hold the plastic handle on the shovel sheared off and the plastic handle kept on falling off of the shovel.
I fixed it by drilling a hole through the top of the shovel shaft and putting a bolt through the aluminum tube and plastic handle.
I was VERY disappointed with this shovel. Don't buy it until they fix this problem. And don't bother going to AMH in Anchorage either. They wouldn't give me credit for another shovel because it was "used". Poor customer service there. Buy a bigger shovel with a D handle. You'll be happy you did. -Mark
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Ortovox Professional ALUPeople will take an admirable look at the PROFESSIONAL ALU. The unique design fulfils the highest demands of functionality. Thanks to the torsion-free aluminium-magnesium alloy the shovel blade is very strong and unbreakable. The ergonomic grip offers the best grip for left and right handers. The shovel can be used as a hoe and - beside the classic fields of use for an avalanche shovel- it is just right for building a kicker. The sharp edge enables the user to cut into the hard snow without burning too much of their own energy.FeaturesSHOVEL BLADE Aluminium-Alloy 30 x 23 x 5 cmSHOVEL HANDLE Aluminium 70 cmWEIGHT 660 g
- US Outdoor Store
The Ortovox Professional Aluminum avalanche shovel is ideal for ski mountaineers and freeriders who demand the highest standards in function and design. This Ortovox shovel has a telescopic handle and an ergonomically designed, non-slip grip which works for right or left handers. Flip the handle around and you have a unique scoop which allows you to pull snow toward you for a sheer test or reach down and raise snow out of a snow pit. The Aluminum/magnesium alloy shovel blade won't break under heavy loads.
- Backcountry Outlet