Mini Shovel


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Mini Shovel
Manufacturer Voile
Page By Martin Cash
Page Type Mar 15, 2003 / Mar 15, 2003
Object ID 699
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The Mini is the most compact shovel Voile offers and stores conveniently in your backcountry pack. Bigger shovels often hog up space inside your pack or don’t even fit in a pack's external shovel pocket at all. The Mini, with its telescoping handle for extended reach and leverage, collapses into a tight little package, 23” tall and 24oz. Why choose a plastic shovel when you can get the strength of metal in the Mini? [Available in red only.]

Bottom Line: If you’re a MINImalist who prefers touring with a smaller pack (and smaller everything!), this is the shovel for you.


Shaft Material: Metal detachable
Blade Material: Tempered, welded aluminum
Length Attached: 23"-29" (extendable)
Length Detached: 20"
Blade Size: 16"
Telescoping: Yes
Saw Included: No
Probe Included: No
Recommended use: Avalanche Safety; Lightweight touring
Weight: 1lb 8oz
Warranty: Limited


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Martin Cash - Mar 15, 2003 11:18 pm - Voted 5/5

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Really nice shovel if you want to go lightweight, but need the strength, toughness, and durability of a metal blade. The handle collapses making it short for transport, but long enough to move some serious snow. It straps nicely to an ice pack to provide you with emergency snow cave capilbility, or avalanche rescue work.

The aluminum blade works nicely for chopping out large sections of frozen snow for a tent wall. The model I have has a snow saw inside as well. Nice piece of equipment.

William Marler - Mar 18, 2003 6:03 am - Voted 4/5

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Excellent shovel. Yes it is much stronger than the plastic ones and it weighs about the same. Works much better in frozen ground than plastic but will bend. I still prefer the plastic version for two reasons. It is lighter and when attached to the outside of your pack will not cut your pack or other items when your pack is moved or put down. I would never put the shovel part inside my pack for that reason. It is still a good and useful item.

Erik Beeler - Dec 15, 2003 11:41 am - Voted 5/5

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Really like this shovel so far. Very light for how strong it is. Bending is an issue if you lever with it in hard snow pack so just be aware and you wont have this problem. The size is just right as it is very easy to store on the outside of your pack or inside if you have the room. I have not had it cut anything on my pack but it may get sharper as it gets used more.

I would recommend this shovel to anyone and I know REI sells lots of them compared to the other shovels they carry.

The Defiant One - May 11, 2007 12:20 pm - Voted 5/5

Darn Good
I've been a big fan of this shovel.
I never owned a plastic one, but i've used them and this is much better, and about the same weight. I've found it to be strong enough, but being aluminum, i'm always careful with it. I think it could bend in hard snow, but it's surpassed my expectations in this regard so far. I've kept it both in and out of my packs (Gregory Palisade, Denali and REI Talus 35) with no problems.

If you're not guiding or otherwise in need of something heavy-duty, i recommend the Mini.

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