Edit: oops, this review should be for the D-handle version!
While I haven't yet used this one, I have used the full-sized model and found the D-handle was better for me than the G3 D-handle (the G3 cramped my hands: too bulky). The shaft on the full-sized version felt too long when digging, so this shorter length should work better. I've read that a bigger blade doesn't necessarily equate to moving more snow if one doesn't have the strength to move that much snow and that a smaller blade could mean that you move smaller amounts of snow faster, so I'm not concerned about the smaller blade size.Oh, it packs better into my Osprey Switch (26?) backpack (shorter shaft).Relevant information about me: height: 158cm/5'2" hand size: small