Now you don't have an excuse for not using a metal shovel—at one pound the Voile XLM won't even be noticed when it's on your back.
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T6 aluminum in a small package
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'm a minimalist when it comes my snowboard pack (I wish I didn't need one in the backcountry). This shovel is T6 aluminum and received a passing grade on the Austrian Alpine Club's "Shovel's that span the divide between heaven and hell" testing. Google it. When buying a shovel this is a must read and tells about all the failings of other shovels. This shovel probably won't be as comfortable for digging as my D-handle voile, but at least the blade shouldn't bend. It also fits in my BCA Float 22 shovel pocket real nice.
I am looking for a new shovel for my Kode...
I am looking for a new shovel for my Kode 30 backpack. I have it narrowed down between the Voile Mini and the Voile XLM. I was wondering if anyone could help me decide between the two? I am mostly sidecountry, thanks!
I personally have the Voile XLM shovel in my pack and it has been great for me. Last season I got into touring for the first time and liked a) how easily it packed down/fit into my pack and b) the big/wide mouth of the shovel.
The mini will fit into smaller packs but for me it is important to have a bigger mouthed shovel to do actual digging.
great shovel, use it in our snowmobiles & on touring outings
Light and sturdy
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have had this shovel for several years and have used it to assist in building booters and digging out my car, and thankfully not to dig out any friends! I love how lightweight this shovel is and how easy it packs away. I don't even notice it when it's in my pack for the day.
Simple, Small, and Steady Ballin!
- Gender: Male
You can get all sorts of fancy with your shovel or you can just say who am I kidding and go fast, light,and steady.
Have not taken mine out yet. The shovel is real real light. Kinda small. I don't like the fact that the handle and the blade can't collaps "together"...you have to keep them apart...nothing beats the small size and the light weight...
Hey there-I have a Black Diamond Bandit-Avalung...
Hey there-I have a Black Diamond Bandit-Avalung pack, I'm wondering if this shovel will fit well. Any assistance would be fantastic, thanks!
The avalanche tool pocket should be roomy enough.
It will definitely fit, my friend puts this exact shovel in his pack just fine.
I bought this with the intention of using it on backcountry ski trips in the rare event we were forced to make camp in the snow. To justify the cost I thought "Well, it can always double as a car shovel" since I live in Philadelphia and its tough to find a parking spot let alone a clear one in the winter. It has a slight spade to it, which is nice for chopping up the igloo that forms around your car when you don't clear it right after a storm.
Oh, and if you were wondering who moved your chairs to park in your "reserved" spot, that was me.
Just got done using this shovel on a 3 day 2 night backpacking snow trip. It worked flawlessly, even in single digit temps the handle still came apart and went together no problem. I like the nice big surface area, light weight, and bright green color, makes it easy to find in the snow. The only thing that would make it even better would be a longer handle, but for the weight and price you can't beat this little shovel. As always great service from the gang at Backcountry.
Nice & light
I just tried this shovel out this last weekend 3-13-2010. Temps got down to single digits and we had 15" of snow one night. The shovel worked flawlessly, never froze up and everyone wanted to use it. I had a Snow Claw on the last trip but the shovel works better, although heavier its more versatile. I also like the bright green color goes with my pack, and is easy to find in low visibility conditions. The only con would be that it is a little short and the handle doesn't collapse into the shovel for storage, but for the weight and how it performs I really can't complain. LOVE THIS LITLE SHOVEL !!
normal and extended
Light and Strong
It is one of the lightest metal shovels out there. Can't really go wrong for its weight and strength.
The handle may be short but that hasn't proved to be a problem. It packs down nicely for backcountry ski tours as well. Only complaint is that mine weighs 18.1 oz, which is over the manufacturer's specs of 16oz. I recommend this irregardless.
Could you use it to make a kicker?
Could you use it to make a kicker?
Or are there any other shovels specially designed to do that?
You could definitely use it to build a kicker, it's got a meaty 13 1/2" blade. You may want to check the measurement to make sure it'll fit in your backpack if that's how you plan on transporting it. Packed its going to be about 13 1/2" x 14". If you're less worried about packing it, you may want to look at some shovels with longer handles so you don't have to shovel from your knees. Here's a few:
-Voile Telepro Shovel
-Black Diamond Transfer 7 Shovel
-Backcountry Access Chugach Pro EXT Shovel
-Ortovox Grizzly 2 Shovel
-Mammut Alugator Light Shovel
Have fun hucking!
Does the handle shaft detach and/or allow...
Does the handle shaft detach and/or allow for carry a probe in the shaft?
the spring for the tabs that lock the shaft to the blade take up room in the shaft, so no. you can't really store anything inside it.
Great for the size and weight
This is a great shovel for the size and weight. I use it for racing and spring conditions. This may not be the shovel for days when you plan to be digging a lot. The short handle and small blade limit the amount of snow you can move. Consider going with the TelePro for everyday use.
Ok but Short Handle
The shovel itself is good and a good size for backcountry, but the handle is a little short.
Awesome little shovel!
This little shove is not only light, but brilliant as well!
I was amazed, despite it's size, at how well this little shovel could dig!
In fact it was quite a life saver since it was used to build a temp snow cave to get out a recent sierra snowstorrn. The amazing thing is regardless of the lack of a longer handle the shovel still performed, and due to it's metal structure, the shovel withstood fair bit of abuse without any signs of stress.
If looking for a excellent lightweight backcountry snow shovel, this is the one!
I bought this shovel back in 2000 (looked a little different then) and that was the first purchase I made here. Been hooked on this website since. The shovel is amazing - it's lightweight and takes a beating. I've carried it hiking, backcountry snowboarding and it doesn't leave my truck when the snow starts to fly. Mine is black but is the same shovel. Other than some dings and dents it's held up awesome. It's also got holes in the blade which make it easily strapped in a number of locations.
Awesome lil shovel.
Light weight...small package...aluminum blade...a great combination. The whole thing fits easily inside my pack without removing the handle. It weighs almost nothing. And in my opinion, a small shovel might actually be better for getting your buddy out because you can remove smaller shovel fulls faster without exhausting yourself. Works great for digging pits for analysis too.
blade side is listed as 13 1/2" Is that...
blade side is listed as 13 1/2" Is that width? What is the other dimension of the blade?
According to Voile-USA.com, it's the same scoop as the other Mini shovels, which are listed as 10" wide.