This is a great shovel full of features. Specifically, there is an internal mechanism in the handle which facilitated deployment and locking. At first I was like, this thing is a pain! Then I realized that I didn't have to push the pins in to allow the plade to deploy/fold. The lever is in the handle. Quite trick. I like a d-handle shovel better as I wear mitts, so this version is exactly what I was looking for. The blade is plenty big enough to move lots of snow and the grippy surface on the shaft makes for easy use when wearing gloves/mitts.