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"Voile Avalanche Safety Xlm Mini Avalanche Shovel 418. If you're an ounce counter or cover great distances in your backcountry forays it's a shovel well worth considering. Its mini-size scoop made of thinner-gauge aluminum and non-telescoping handle lend a hand in making it the lightest shovel Voile offers. The XLM's has a cold forged scoop made from 6061 aluminum that has been heat-treat it to a T6 temper. At Voile lightweight never equates to wimpy."
Voile designed its XLM Shovel to be as light as possible, without sacrificing an ounce of strength. The blade and shaft are crafted from 6061 aluminum, making the Voile XLM one of the lightest metal shovels on the market. If you carry a plastic shovel because of weight, now you can have the strength and reliability of a metal blade without being weighed down.
The Voile XLM Avalanche Shovel is the ultimate rescue shovel for hardcore minimalists. If you're an "ounce counter" or cover great distances in your backcountry forays, it's a shovel well worth considering. Its mini-size scoop, made of thinner-gauge aluminum, and non-telescoping handle lend a hand in making it the lightest shovel they offer. But Voile couldn't live with themselves if they didn't cold forge the XLM's scoop from 6061 aluminum and then heat-treat it to a T6 temper. Here at Voile, lightweight never equates to wimpy.
- Mountain Gear
The lightest in the Voile line-up, this shovel has been shaved to the absolute minimum for weight-saving efficiency. Strong 6061-series T6 aluminum construction is stout enough to chop through hard, icy snow. Removable handle makes the packed size small; packed length is a mere 14 inches. Large plastic T-handle for a good grip.