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Backcountry pros choose the Telepro.

The Voile Telepro is a preferred shovel among patrollers and avalanche professionals the world over. The stout nylon D-shaped handle fits comfortably in the hand as you move piles and piles of snow. Tele- means the shaft is extendable (or telescoping) for greater leverage. Excellent strength-to-weight ratio.

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5 5

Does the job

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

it does the job to get me out of the parking lot. Pretty good. only used once this winter to dig me out of the parking lot.

Can this shovel be used for sand. I need...

Can this shovel be used for sand. I need one to go 4wheeling and thought it would also be handy to have in my truck in the winter.

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Hey pJbp.

I had the Black Diamond Deploy 3 shovel and once had the misfortune of getting a minivan stuck in the salt flats here in Utah. Let me just say, we would have been COMPLETELY and totally screwed if I hadn't had my shovel. The soil was extremely wet, damp and sandy in composition and the shovel handled absolutely fine (though it did become absolutely filthy). Salt flat soil is not a weak foe...

Based on this experience, I would say this will suit your needs.
It sucked because the Deploy 3 has a pretty small blade and shaft, so I would say this Voile shovel will be a much more reliable tool since both the blade and shaft are larger.

Not sure if this experience of mine is applicable to what you need, but I thought it couldn't hurt to share!

Minivans don't belong on salt remember that.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Might be a bit heavier than others, but the extendable handle is nice... Comforting to know this thing will do it's job if I ever need it.

5 5

Good shovel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A very nice shovel. I had a deploy 3 but wanted something a little bigger. I would suggest the same for anyone else you want a good size blade on your shovel and the Black diamond deploy line just doesn't cut it! . It goes together very easily and fits nicely in my kode 42. Great for snow pits!

5 5

Would buy another but doubt Ill need to

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this shovel. Its nothing fancy but it doesn't need to be to be honest. It did well in all uses from digging pits to building jumps and I hope I never have to but I dont doubt it will perform should I ever need to dig a buddy out. Hardly feels like anything in my pack, its not super light but Id rather a bit of weight if its more sturdy. The telescopic handle is pretty handy too.

It fits just fine in my Deuter Freerider Pro too...

Unanswered Question

Does this shovel fit inside dakine poachers...

Does this shovel fit inside dakine poachers dedicated pocket?

5 5

Prime shovel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It is the perfect size and weight. Easy to pack and relatively light for the amount of snow you can scoop. It works great for digging pits and various other activities (sledding etc.) but I have thankfully not yet had to use it to dig anybody out of an avy. Perfect for any adult (small or big, weak or strong). Love the handle!

5 5

Recommended by avy professionals, burly!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this shovel because it came highly recommended by a number of ski patrollers I know. They use it as their day-to-day work shovel, and many of them also use it as their go-to touring shovel. I used one of the jingus Lexan-bladed Lifelink shovels until I got serious about my touring and realized that metal blades are the only way to go.

That was about 5 years ago. Since then, I've used this shovel on every tour for digging pits, caves on multi-day outings, excavating tent platforms, etc... and have had absolutely no complaints. The handle and blade have always fit together nicely, even when covered in ice and snow, and the telescoping handle has never not worked. Yes, the shovel is on the heavy side compared to others in its class, but honestly that feels more like an attribute when you consider its potential to help save your buddy's life. I use the D-handle model, which accommodates bulky gloves very well.

5 5

great shovel for bigger people

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It takes a little longer to put together than the slide out BD shovels but its longer handle makes it easier to dig with. Short handled shovels may take up less space but I find that my back/arms start to fatigue after a couple of minutes...the longer handle allows me to dig at a more steady pace for longer...great for building kickers and although I haven't used it in emergency I think it will help out.

5 5

Durable, snow-moving machine

This is generally considered the shovel of choice for many avalanche professionals and ski patrol. The shovel is extremely durable and with a large blade surface and extended telescoping shaft, it really is a snow-moving machine! I've used this shovel guiding in the mountains in Alaska and Utah, two locations with the most snowfall on record, and am a big fan. It's a bit heavy for lightweight ski mountaineering, but is the best option if you plan on digging.

4 5

Good size, Easy to use

it fits easily into the shovel pocket of packs larger than 25L, I haven't tried it in anything smaller, and the handle fits securely into the side of my Dakine Poacher and Heli Pro packs (bottom strap fits through the D handle). The D handle works well with gloves or mittens, I used to use a T handle with mittens and would sometimes lose my grip.

5 5

Shove it,you say,OK!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Actually it's shovel it but if you're a winter time outdoor person(snowshoeing,skiing,or just plain camping).You're going to need to have a shovel like the Voile Telepro to not only clear ground for a tent but maybe,heaven forbid,a partner in maybe a avalanche.

5 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Strong and I like it. Good length. I am tall and like a shovel that extended to a longer length.

5 5

Igloo Building Essential

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I regularly build igloos using the amazing IceBox tool - and this shovel. It's relatively light weight and compactability, along with the long extension handle and flat end blade perform great when building. It can collect and place large amounts of snow quickly and let the digger go for longer periods because they don't have to bend over so far.

I can't speak to its avalanche-assessment or rescue abilities, but every time I need to build an igloo, this shovel's going in the pack.

5 5

Best bang for your buck.

In 2009 the Austrian Alpine Club published results of a rigorous, independent, shovel test. They used and abused shovels from several manufacturers. Voile shovels stood out as the clear choice for functionality and durability, especially the shovels using T6 aluminum. While other shovels failed catastrophically, the Voile shovels showed no signs of damage. On top of their performance, they are also reasonably priced... and oh yeah, they're also made in Salt Lake City , Utah. They certainly are not the cutest shovel out there, but do looks really matter when your bud is buried alive?

Unanswered Question

so for just making jumps off trails and...

so for just making jumps off trails and not really any backcountry should i go with the t6 or does it not matter?

5 5

Burly, big, tough & beefy

The shovel kicks ass, it has all you want, it has a tough blade & shaft. The only con is if you have a smaller pack like a Black Diamond Bandit Avalung pack for example, it is tight fit. If you have that pack, I would get the version with no D handle, that adds a few inches to the length, that is already a small enough bc pack.

I have the BD Covert & that fits fine. I know someone that ran into that problem with that shovel in the Bandit pack & this shovel. He ended swapping this shovel with a buddy that also had a newish avi shovel non-d handle shaft.

5 5

Great Shovel

Don't buy a plastic shovel. You will be cursing if you ever actually have to dig out your friend buried under set up concrete with a plastic spoon. This shovel is great. From avie drills to snow pits to shelters to digging your car out, this shovel moves lots of snow. It is economical and reliable. I can recommend it for sure.

5 5

Love it!!!

Simple & basic metal d-handle shovel. When you are goin' outtabounds, you need a dependable shovel for unlikely chance a buddy gets caught in a bad spot. Plus, you can't go wrong with a lifetime warrenty.

5 5

What you want.

After having the Black Diamond Tele-Bobcat for years I gave the newer smaller Black Diamond Deploy a try. Black Diamonds light weight shovels blade folded under heavy use. I retuned it promptly and purchased the Voile TelePro. This bomber shovel will move lots of snow fast. It cuts through avy chunder and throws the heavy coastal snow like AT Apostle’s Honda snow blower.