For anyone that's shopping: Evo and Backcountry have most of their avy gear on sale for 20% off right now.
Def wanted a metal shovel. Also avoided ones with a huge blade, which wouldn't fit in my pack. Wanted the extendable handle to be easier on my back and give more digging power and positions. I do prefer the ones like this with an ovalized or rectangular handle for faster deployment and strength. Quick question: when you store the shovel in your pack, do you separate the handle from the blade?
The difference b/w a budget 200cm probe and this one was like $15, so pretty negligible. Figured longer the better, esp since I'll be checking out the slackcountry in CO and UT this year too. I'm not worried about a few grams, so wasn't sure if going up another level to carbon was worth it though.
Last edited by Triple8Sol; 11-25-2010 at 12:45 PM.