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Deploy Shovel

Deploy Shovel

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Deploy Shovel

Manufacturer: Black Diamond

Your Opinion: 
 - 4 Votes


Page By: Dan Dalton

Created/Edited: Jan 29, 2007 / Jan 29, 2007

Object ID: 2373

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Product Description

Here is what Black Diamond has to say:

For rapid response and fast digging in emergency situations, the Deploy shovels are built for mountain professionals and serious backcountry skiers. Utilizing our trapezoidal, curved shaft design, they provide rotation-free, fast activation with the squeeze of a spring pin. The shaft slides into the metal blade for integrated storage. The exceptionally strong aluminum blade is made to move large quantities of snow quickly and create smooth pit walls. The ergonomic handle feels like a D-grip but packs like a T-grip. The Deploy 3 offers all the features of the Deploy 7 but with a smaller volume blade.



The 6000 series aluminum blade is ultra-strong and sized efficiently for maximum snow removal
The unique trapezoidal bent shaft will not rotate and collapses easily into the blade's pocket
Small, glove-friendly handle feels like a D-grip when handling, yet packs like a compact T-grip
Smooth, flat blade makes for easy pit analysis


Weight: 1 lb. 4 oz. (3), 1 lb. 9 oz. (7)
Blade volume: .3 gallons (3), .7 gallons (7)
Length (extended): 63 cm (3), 68 cm (7)
Length (collapsed): 44 cm (3), 46 cm (7)

My Thoughts

This is not very different from most aluminum shovels out there, where it excels is its space saving design. This is a great shovel for smaller packs and makes it easy to take along in almost any backcounrty winter adventure. If you are willing to spend a little extra ca$h, you won't be disappointed with this shovel.



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AlpinistGood shovel

Voted 5/5

I've only used the shovel a couple of times so far; on Mt Shasta and on Denali. I have no major complaints with it. It is made solidly, it is ergonomically comfortable to use, and it moves snow just fine. The best feature is the ability to collapse the handle for easier packing.

It's a little difficult to depress the 2 ball bearing style buttons that lock the handle in place while wearing gloves, but fortunately you only have to do that once when you unpack it.
Posted Mar 21, 2008 11:22 am

asaking11Sweet Shovel

Voted 5/5

I used this shovel a few times last winter making snow shelters, and this shovel rocks. It doesn't take up much space, and doesn't weigh very much.
Posted Oct 9, 2009 6:25 pm

Alex WoodVery Nice

Hasn't voted

Got mine at Moosejaw. Only issue I have ever had with mine is that the handle doesn't go all the way through the shovel. Other then that, it works amazing. Nice and light
Posted Dec 24, 2009 7:10 pm

stesteAgree with A.W.

Hasn't voted

Nice shovel but the handle has some problem.
Posted Oct 24, 2010 4:47 pm

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