I can see the desire for a smaller pack for side country and even close in back country. Riding with a pack sucks plain and simple, so the smaller the pack the more fun it is riding.
Precisely. Hence the invention of products like TNF Powder Guide vest, which is now available with ABS too.
for any noobs reading - many of the smallest sized shovels being sold today by some companies as snow safety gear are not acceptable for use in the bc.
I hear what you're saying here, but here's my thoughts: The dimensions of the shovel is less important as how quickly you're moving snow. This would hold even more true for someone of smaller stature or a woman, but really for anyone. if you can dig longer/harder with a smaller blade vs. tiring out and dragging ass with a larger blade, wouldn't that actually the smarter choice? I wouldn't argue against a burlier model with telescoping handle vs. a thing-walled "lightweight" model that will bend/break more easily.
16 NS West . 15 NS Snowtrooper BIA . 13 Salomon Pow Snake
15 Now Drive . 14 Burton Genesis
14 Flow Hylite
Last edited by Triple8Sol; 12-14-2012 at 06:37 PM.