3DX Polycarbonate Shovel


3DX Polycarbonate Shovel
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title 3DX Polycarbonate Shovel
Manufacturer Life-Link
Page By Kaallin Krimp
Page Type Sep 24, 2007 / Sep 24, 2007
Object ID 4005
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Product Description

This is what Life-Link says:

Series III Blade
If you're thinking this is just a plastic shovel, think again. Life-Link's the Original Polycarbonate Shovel (U.S. patent #DES267468). All of our Polycarbonate Shovels come with a Life-time Warranty. You brake this blade, we'll replace it...no question about it. Why should we offer this? Because we are so confident in the strenght and dependability of our polycarbonate blades. Life-Link Polycarbonate shovels have been the choice of Pro-Ski Patrollers to Everest Guides since the 70's. The life-time warranty on blades does not cover engine heat/exhaust damage.

A bent aluminum blade can ruin a shovel and a heavy shovel can ruin a day of skiing but a super light polycarbonate blade will do neither. Sold in three styles: the fixed lenght ultra-light 3D, extendable 3DX or the compact 3DXS. There is a Life-Link Polycarbonate shovel and color for everyone.

Handles are made of 6000 series aluminum tubing. Handles are detachable from blade by means of locking detents. Shafts have rubber grip surface for positive grip surface in cold conditions. T-grip colors match the blade and have two holes for shoulder strap webbing. D-grip available on 3DX only.

3DX Polycarbonate shovel
Our most popular shovel. The 3DX, with it's telescoping handle, will let you stand up straight and move snow with comfort and ease. The detent telescoping system is easy to operate with gloves on. Small, light, packable. Be prepared, always carry a shovel in the backcountry. Slingblade system compatible.


Detached length: 19"
Attached length: 26"
Extended length: 36 1/2"
Weight: 24 oz.
T-grip and detachable, telescoping handle

My Opinion

Light, packable and very strong shovel. A good alternative for mountaineers and skiers. The plastic does indeed endure heavy use, I have had no problem with this shovel. Hereby recommended.



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Ski Mountaineer - Sep 27, 2007 8:05 am - Voted 1/5

...I am such a strong opponent of plastic shovels I just have to vote low. They are a risk for all involved. Get one with an aluminium blade.

Ski Mountaineer - Sep 27, 2007 8:06 am - Voted 1/5

...I am such a strong opponent of plastic shovels I just have to vote low. I have seen one brake; they are a risk for all involved. Get one with an aluminium blade.

Kaallin Krimp - Oct 8, 2007 2:47 pm - Voted 5/5

Re: Sorry...
I see your point, there is a possible chance of braking the plastic, I don't say there is no such chance. But my experience with this shovel up too this day is in fact very good. I will post a comment when the blade of mine brakes :-)

dpk - Oct 20, 2007 11:18 am - Voted 3/5

so - so or just ok?
If it does break Life LInk will replace the shovel for you - but thats little comfort if someone dies because it failed. Still many people like these - personally mine is in the trunk of the suby for roadside issues but I have never actually seen one of these fail

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