It's one of those items you hope you never have to use for its intended purpose. Still though, I've carried this all season for digging pits, helping move snow in an injury situation and of course, if the awful happens. It packs well into a bag thanks to the handle coming all the way off. The blade is not huge, but if you need to carry a shovel for those 'just in case' moments this is the one. If you need a shovel for building jumps or lots of avy instruction training, I'd go bigger.