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Black Diamond brings avalanche shovel design out of the dark ages with the innovative Deploy 3 Shovel.

Check out the Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel if you want a design that's light, small, fast, and simple. Couloir Magazine was so impressed they gave it their 2006 Degisn Innovations Award. The Deploy 3 Shovel's handle collapses into the blade for a tiny 17.3in package that's entirely self-contained. Just give the handle a pull, and its trapezoidal shape ensures it slides and locks into place. No more messing with frozen buttons or handle parts buried in your pack. In addition to this Black Diamond shovel's amazing simplicity, it weighs only 20oz, making it a great choice for alpine climbing and lightweight backcountry tours.

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4 5

Light and Compact

This shovel is compact and lightweight. It fits easily in a pack, which is just what I wanted. I love that it collapses. Also, it has an auto lock tab when you extend the shaft.

5 5

Good little shovel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This shovel is exactly what it says it is, small and compact. If that is what your looking for tis is great it works well and stores awesome. If this is your first time buying a shovel keep in mind that bd built this for the bare minimum. I'm a patroller and have dug many holes I the snow. This shovel is not ideal for shoveling not so much because of the small blade but because of the short handle. This would for sure work in an emergency but if I was building kickers or snow camping I would consider your future back pain and go with the transfer shovel.

5 5

Solid shovel. Nice design.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This shovel is simple and bomb-proof, like everything else BD makes. It fits well into most backpacks and does the job!

5 5

Deploys quick

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Deploys quickly, packs small, very lightweight. Great piece of gear from real rescues to building ramps in the backcountry

4 5

Good shovel for a smaller person

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This shovel is light, compact, easy to use. It fits perfectly in my North Face ABS Vest. However, I ski with someone who is 6'4". Keep that in mind when you're buying this shovel. You're not buying this shovel to get yourself dug out, this is for the people you're skiing with. After realizing how small the shovel is, I decided go with another shovel/hoe combo. So think about when the snow falls and your partner only has a finite amount of time, would you rather have a smaller shovel or a bigger one? However, I absolutely will still use shovel for work and maybe some Yurt camping trips. Its nice for a traveling shovel, but I'd hesitate to dig my buddy out of the snow, since his life is in my hands.

4 5

staple in a winter kit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is definitely a must have for winter adventures. I like the face that the handle collapses, it makes for great packability. It is still fairly light, but not the lightest. Very durable and gets the job done.

5 5

Perfect Combo

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Black Diamond Deploy 3 is the perfect combination of portability and function. At 1lb 4oz it is not the lightest shovel you can buy, but it is definitely on the lower end of the spectrum. And when you slide that handle down to pack it away... it can fit in almost any bag I own.

I also like that when I take it out, I dont have to dig around for any handle pieces or anything, it's all there together and one click of the button and I am shoveling. You really cant beat that when the purpose of this product is to save lives.

My only issue is the short handle length, but for the portability and weight I am ok with that.

5 5

Just the right size.

Considering that I am mostly a day trip backcountry tourist, and I am a woman, with less strength in my arms than a man, this shovel is perfect. I don't think that in my case a bigger shovel would help me clear more snow faster, just a little bit of snow can be very heavy. The smaller size makes me want to put it in my 18L day pack. And like others have said before me, I hope I never need to use it, but if I do, it WILL be IN my pack.

5 5

Tough little shovel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used this on a recent Denali climb. Beat this thing up leveling tent platforms and it isn't any worse for the wear. This is a small shovel, but I like it. Save the weight and buy this one. It fits nicely in a pack or you can strap it to the outside. You don't want to be heaving huge shovels full of snow anyway.

4 5

Dig in.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light, compact, and super rugged. Fits in any pack which nice if you just want to use a day pack or are hitting up the sidecountry. Smaller size may be a plus or minus for you. Plus for me because of the fully connected design. Rather than worrying about putting the shovel together you can dig. Curved design seems to help with throwing snow but it also takes a little getting used to when packing. I recommend this shovel.

I'm looking at getting one of these for...

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I'm looking at getting one of these for backcountry day trips, something I hope I never have to use in an emergency, but I'm wondering if the Deploy 7 (I'm not bothered by the weight) would be a better option in an emergency i.e. the Deploy 7 can move more volume. Can anyone give me advice on pros or cons either way.

Thanks

Responded on

Hey,
It's just my opinion, but I'd rather be able to move more snow, faster in an emergency. The 7 is heavier and less compact, however if you're concern is emerency use and you don't care about weight, I'd go for the 7.

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I agree with Alexander here and if weight is no concern I'd get the biggest shovel that fits in my pack. Moving large volumes of snow is no easy task and the bigger the shovel the better for sure. Also be sure you PRACTICE and look into strategic digging as a means to move that snow more efficiently.

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I've had this model for a couple years and it's really pretty small. If and when I do upgrade to a new shovel, I would go for one with a much bigger blade. You do add weight, but it's worth it in my opinion should you ever have to use it for the intended purpose.

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I might as well throw in too.....you have 15 minutes before that curve starts dropping off dramatically...and in an almost dead panic, you just spent at least 5 of them trying to figure out where your friend is buried to begin with. Start digging...the more and faster the better. Which shovel would you want me to have if it was you that was buried? Rescue beats the hell out of recovery, for everyone involved.

I might as well throw in too.....you have 15 minutes before that curve starts dropping off dramatically...and in an almost dead panic, you just spent at least 5 of them trying to figure out where your friend is buried to begin with. Start digging...the more and faster the better. Which shovel would you want me to have if it was you that was buried? Rescue beats the hell out of recovery, for everyone involved.
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please remember there are two factors for determining how much snow you can move: size of shovel, and how fast you can scoop.

i'm a bigger guy, so i have the 7 becuase i wont wear down as quickly moving the heavier load. if you or anyone else using the shovel would wear out too quickly moving more snow with each scoop, get the smaller one. everyone can lift 20 pounds 20 times, not everyone can lift 200 pounds 2 times. gotta match the gear to the user.

5 5

Great buy!

I love how compact and small this shovel is! It's fits well in my small osprey daypack. The shovel collapses easily and locks well in place. It digs really well and is super durable and strong. It's light-weight so it's perfect for long touring days. Great buy!

4 5

Great Shove, not the lightest but tough!

The shovel is very compact and fits in my small snowboard backpack. It is very sturdy, definitely don't have to worry about breaking it when digging a friend out of the snow! The only negative comment is that it is a little heavy, but I would buy it again if I lose this one.

4 5

Just the right size for my use

This shovel is big enough for efficiently digging a platform etc but still light enough that you won't hesitate to throw it on your pack. It's great to have a bigger shovel when you're up there but not so great if you decide not to carry it based on weight.

5 5

Small, Efficient shovel

This is my second of these, I like it because its small enough to be compact for a smaller pack, but the shovel size is still efficient, strong, and light weight. Its definitely my go to shovel for short or long tours.

5 5

nice and lite

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had this for a few years now works great for touring!

nice and lite
5 5

Great design

This is easy to use and I like how compact it is.

5 5

does the trick

works great - use this for touring

4 5

Shovel envy...

I have owned my shovel since it first came out. When I first discovered it I didn't know anything different and I thought everyones shovel was the same size. I have found over the years not everyones shovel is the same size. Maybe I have spent too much time on the internet browsing sites and seeing people with bigger and longer shovels? All I can say is that I have found myself having shovel envy.. When others have longer and bigger shovels I find myself wanting one too. My mom always told me to be thankful for what I've got, but I really want a bigger shovel or at least a longer shaft. Everyone else gets to stand when they use their shovels, there I am with my short shaft, down on my knees doing the best I can with what I've got. Granted, it is small, so it can fit where a bigger shovel can't and it doesn't get in the way or give you that awkward bulge in your pack. Hell, sometimes you don't even know it's there when you're packing it around. I asked my wife if I could look into getting a bigger shovel and she gave me some song and dance about how she had dated a few other guys that had bigger shovels and how my shovel is perfect, that the size doesn't matter and it is how I use it that counts. Whoa.. Wait a minute. What was she talking about?

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very nice... no matter what you wife tells you, watch out for those dudes with the big ones!

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