Thats the downside of being solid is that its heavy. Most people carry light shovel set ups. What would you want someone to have in their packs? In the handle there is a sled building kit, so if you have k2 or any other ski you can use the handles and blade to build a sled, to make it solid you will need 5m of cord. The hoe option is nice to move snow fast.
These have a nice wrap to face. Have a solid feel yet not to heavy considering there is metal on them. Banged them up in the pocket skiing, and they held together like it never happened. I have the matte black/black iridium.