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Use the Ortovox Professional Alu II Avalanche Shovel to dig snow study pits, build kickers, or perform avalanche rescues.

Ortovox designed the top-of-the-line Professional Alu II Avalanche Shovel to meet the highest demands of functionality. This scooper features an unbreakable aluminum/magnesium allow blade with sharp edges ideal for cutting into consolidated snow and avalanche debris. The ergonomic grip can be setup for comfortable use by lefties or righties, and this shovel also functions as a hoe.

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3 5

Not great for snow tests

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this shovel in the backcountry for building jumps, making snow caves, or digging test pits. I found creating a clean surface for compression testing was difficult due to the ribbed blade and slot where the handle goes onto the blade. Mind you, if I do need it for a rescue I will be glad to have such a reinforced blade and handle.
Another thing to note is the grip tape on the handle. After using it to build a jump, the friction created between the grip tape and glove melted the snow just enough to let it bind to the handle. By the time the jump was made there was a fist sized lump of snow covering the grip tape. It also rubs against anything you have in your bag (shovel blade, water bottle, extra clothes) and leaves some aesthetic scuff marks. But again, it would be great to have the grip when doing a rescue.
Bottom line, if I was using this as a rescue tool only it would get an easy 5 stars. But for someone who likes to do various activities in the backcountry, I would opt for a simpler shovel.

5 5

Saving Lives, Diggin' Pits

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

Great for the backcountry skier! Get them a probe and beacon while your at it!

5 5

Awesome shovel

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this to replace the shovel I gave to a stranded motorist after I couldn't pull them out of a snow bank.

This shovel is light and with the telescoping handle detaching it makes packing very easy.

The length is good for me at 5'9" and I don't feel like I'm shoveling snow with a sand castle shovel.

4 5

Light and tough

Light and tough, just like a shovel should be. The Pro Alu II is another no-brainer part of my avalanche kit. Plus, the shovel can be conveniently used as a hoe for digging quick pits. The functionality, light weight and bonus hoe feature makes it my go to when going out in the backcountry

5 5

Balanced gear

Great balance between form and function. After one day of use I went and got my wife one as well. Easily packable and I always have it in my winter pack or in the back of my Jeep.

5 5

Great design and function

This shovel is great. Easily to assemble and separate, and the "trench/hoe" function (long side of handle slots into shovel head) is great for rapidly moving volumes of softer snow. I'm quite lanky and still find the length when extended is good. Not the largest blade out there, but good compromise between volume and packability, and feels super solid. Have used Voile/BD/G3 and others, prefer this to all others so far.

How long is the handle when it is collapsed?...

How long is the handle when it is collapsed? Shovel total length when collaped?

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Hey Tim,

This unit is 24.5 inches when collapsed.

Responded on

The handle, separated from the shovel and collapsed, is 43 cm (17").

Is the handle on this shovel detachable?

Is the handle on this shovel detachable?

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No you cannot take the handle off.

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The entire handle (grip and shaft) detaches, but the grip does not detatch from the shaft.