Manufacturer's Description

Delivering the ultimate in backcountry versatility, the Operator shovel is built of tough, hard-anodized aluminum and engineered for maximum shovel efficiency. It features our larger packable blade, an extendable shaft, and steep sidewalls to serve mountaineers and backcountry travelers in constructing basecamps to excavating professional snow pits. Unrelenting strength combines with smart ergonomics to help you dig with greater force and less fatigue when speed counts in a rescue.

  • Strong: 6061-T6 hard-anodized, lightweight aluminum with TIG-welded blade/shaft interface, and neckless blade design for maximum durability.
  • Aggressive: Blade’s traditional flat chopping face delivers a stable strike, while its serrated leading edge breaks up snow and ice.
  • Fast Deployment: Two-section, non-rotational telescoping shaft and fast lockpin provide rapid, hassle-free deployment.
  • Ergonomic: Meticulously engineered handles optimize comfort, control and leverage with all glove types to minimize hand fatigue.
  • Versatile: Shaft’s upper section fits equally well into the blade, allowing you to choose the shovel length you need. Blade’s flat back shaves smooth snow pit walls or offers a platform for stoves.

Available with low-profile T-handle or utilitarian D-handle.

Visit MSR's Operator page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

MSR Operator Backcountry & Basecamp Snow Shovel - The MSR Operator Backcountry & Basecamp Snow Shovel features MSR's larger packable blade, an extendable shaft, and steep sidewalls to serve mountaineers and backcountry travelers in constructing basecamps to excavating professional snow pits.

- Outdoorplay

MSR Avalanche Safety Operator Shovel T Handle 3159. Delivering the ultimate in backcountry versatility the Operator Snow Shovel is built of tough hard-anodized aluminum and engineered for maximum shovel efficiency. It features MSR's larger packable blade an extendable shaft and steep sidewalls to serve mountaineers and backcountry travelers in constructing basecamps to excavating professional snow pits. Unrelenting strength combines with smart ergonomics to help you dig with greater force and less fatigue when speed counts in a rescue.

- CampSaver.com

The MSR Operator Snow Shovel is a backcountry shovel for basecamps and Snow pits. The D-handle version of the shovel comes in at 1lb, 10oz (the T-handle is 1lb, 8oz), allowing you to pack it while still get great digging power out of the telescoping handle. The High sides combine with a serrated edge to drive in and scoop more, whether you're constructing or on a rescue mission. Building a Snow shelter in the backcountry is so much more satisfying than digging out your car in the mornings before work. Features of the MSR Operator Snow Shovel Aggressive: Blade's traditional flat chopping face delivers a stable strike, while its serrated leading edge breaks up Snow and ice Fast Deployment: Two-section, non-rotational telescoping shaft and fast lockpin provide rapid, hassle-free deployment Ergonomic: Meticulously engineered handles optimize comfort, control and leverage with all glove types to minimize hand fatigue Versatile: Shaft's Upper section Fits equally well into the blade, allowing you to choose the shovel length you need. Blade's flat back shaves smooth Snow pit walls or offers a platform for stoves Strong: 6061-T6 hard-anodized, lightweight aluminum with TIG-welded blade/shaft interface, and neckless blade design for maximum durability Unrelenting strength combines with Smart ergonomics to help you dig with greater force and less fatigue when speed counts in a rescue

- Moosejaw

The Operator Snow Shovel from MSR is perfect for your next extended foray into the backcountry. The telescoping handle lets you move large amounts of snow without undue strain to your back, and the flat back of the blade means you can cut excellent snow pits or blocks to build walls to protect your tent from blasts of wind. The Operator is available with either a T- or D-grip handle, so you'll be able to get the one that suits your needs.

- Backcountry.com

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