Snow Shovels

The best snow shovels, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on February 12, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Snow Shovel Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Deploy 3

It's a great portable collapsing aluminum snow shovel, that definitely more than pulls its own weight, while still being very robust and easy to use. Advertised primarily as a lightweight avalanche rescue shovel, it also functions very well for a winter camping, shelter building, and as an emergency backup in a motorized vehicle. Would definently recommend, especially for those looking for an extremely light and compact shovel for backcountry use. Included in this review is a short video of me constructing… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Tele Lynx

This is a very good stout snow shovel design that would be great in the backcountry for digging a snow cave or pit, or helping dig a buddy out after an avalanche. I have had this Black Diamond Tele Lynx backcountry shovel for at least ten years and have found it to be a solid design that has never let me down. A shovel is not a piece of gear that most people get too excited about, but if you go into the backcountry where you need to be carrying a shovel it is one of the most important pieces of… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
SnowClaw Guide

It's easy to carry. It does work. I had two, gave one to another rescue worker. I like it very much. No problems, easy to carry, almost forget it's in my pack, but when I need it it makes any digging much quicker. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
SnowClaw Guide

I find the Snow Claw an essential item for backcountry snow play. I am going to disagree with it not being an effective avalanche rescue tool. I researched these long and hard before buying one. Some rescue crews report having tested them directly against standard $75 portal avalanche shovels. They were in fact surprised to find them more durable, faster at moving snow, and easier to carry. Furthermore they were found to be the superior tool at getting cars and trucks dug out of snow banks. Typical… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
SnowClaw Guide

A great must-have tool, for snow travelers of every kind. When I started doing a little bit of front and back country snowshoeing several years ago, I saw this and thought it would be a great thing to have. And for twenty bucks, why not?? It is a very easy to use "shovel," and moves a fair amount of snow easily and quickly. It is effective in most snow conditions, except for really icy situations. I have had it since they first came out, and it is still in like-new condition.  I especially like… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Voile Mini Shovel

If you are going winter camping and not carrying one of these (or a comparable model), you are not carrying an essential winter survival tool. The Voile Mini is one of several small snow shovels that anyone winter camping on snow should carry. This is not a full size shovel, but for all that I have done with it, it was the perfect size. I would take mine even on day trips. It is fairly light, has a metal blade, and is well made. The handle comes apart and fits back together easily. It can be used… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Lifeline Alum Sport Utility Shovel

The Lifeline Sport utility shovel may be sold at places like Fred Meyer and WalMart, but don’t let its cheap price fool you. This is an excellent shovel. It is often marketed for auto and snowmobile use. But don’t let that fool you. It is just as, if not more, capable than many shovels many times its price, not to mention a lot lighter. I would highly recommend this to anyone needing a good low cost lightweight backcountry shovel. Works excellent in making snow caves. When I bought this I was… Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
SnowClaw Guide

Having seen but never owned a Snow Claw this is not a review but a warning: NEVER substitute a Snow Claw for a shovel when traveling in avalanche terrain. There is simply no comparison in the amount of snow moved. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
SnowClaw Guide

YES! Long story turned short, I dug out a snow cave with one of these. It is awesome. Moves a lot of snow, but not as much a conventional backcountry shovel. Totally worth it though. Full review

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