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After getting my first Voile pro shovel about 12 years ago I got one of these little G3 shovels for free when I bought a new avy beacon about 4 seasons ago. At first I was very sceptical- the small size made me think that it was less effective and therefore a liability.

After some time I've realised that having a shovel with a bigger blade will not make you more immune to avalanches, sure you might be able to move snow slightly quicker (assuming that you have both a good shovelling technique, are familiar with concepts like the "strategic shovelling strategy" and are physically strong) than someone with this shovel. But personally I tend to pick my lines more conservatively- if I think there's a chance that I'm going to have to dig a buddy out, then I'll opt to ski a different, safer line.

I still sometimes bring along my Voile shovel with the larger blade, because yes I can move snow faster with it and if I'm planning on digging a sh*tload of observation pits then it makes most sense. But for 80% of my touring I bring the G3 spadetech- because the weight savings and decreased size are worth it in my opinion.

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The best transceiver I've ever used. It has better range than many other competing models and the direction arrows are quite precise- really saving time in search mode.

Keep in mind that the battery level is not entirely indicative of the true battery level (and no I'm not using lithium batteries), mine takes roughly 30 hours of use to drop from 100% to 90%, another 30 hours to drop to 50% and another 20 hours to drop to 20%. As such I usually swap out batteries on mine when they reach about 50-60%.

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