The Backcountry Access Tour Shovel System—raising the bar in shovel integration and design.
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Lightweight, collapsible, packable, and can move some serious
snow. What more could you ask for? Aside from a longer probe I guess.
Nice size, but....
I would like it more if the probe was longer...
The shovel packs nicely, and it is nice to have it along, just in case.
This was a great purchase! Not only is it light, but it is VERY strong for the weight. The probe tucks neatly in the handle, and the blade (maybe a little smaller than I would have in serious avalanche country) fits neatly in outside pocket of most packs. Nothing out there compares for strength to weight ratio.
Nice, compact, works
On a recommendation from a friend, I bought the aluminum "Tour Shovel/Probe" combo. My friends said it wasn't "cool" to go with a lexan (plastic) shovel because they can break off in your hands. The "Tour Shovel" is aluminum, is VERY light but feels very solid. I hope I never have to use it to dig my ski buddies out, but it seems like it would work.
Not What I Expected
So I know this is called the "tour" system combo, but I was still very surprised at the seemingly cheap quality of this shovel AND probe. The probe is short, and worse it's very thin. The shovel arrived with a dent in it (from shipping?) and also seemed kind of thin. I returned this item, yet I will still purchase Backcountry Access items in the future b/c I know they are usually quality and a good price.
This shovel is very light, lighter than most plastic! The probe integration works very well and saves space. It is very sturdy and strong! No complaints.