G3 AviTECH T-Grip Shovel 2012: The award winning G3 AviTECH T-Grip Shovel continues to set the standard for Industry and backcountry professionals. The AviTECH remains the choice for those who want a reliable tool in case of a backcountry emergency, as well as an easy to use tool for all snow study needs.
TIG welded tube joining blade and shovel shaft for maximum strength
Heat treated 6061 T6 aluminum blade
730g / 26.0oz
Packed Length: 46cm / 18in
Blade Width: 24cm / 9.5in
Blade Length: 26.5cm / 10.5in
Flat blade surface ideal for snow study use
Slotted blade for rescue sled construction
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Comments about G3 AviTECH T-Grip Shovel:
I've used a couple other shovels of lighter build, but I wouldn't have put them up against a serious layer of ice. I used the G3 to chip through a tough layer of ice when practicing beacon retrieval one night and I felt 100% sure of the tough build quality of the shovel with every full-blown stab into the ice. If you're digging someone out through an avalanche, I'm willing to bet a tough shovel that won't fail you is paramount when the warmed snow of the avalanche refreezes.
The only problem I think is there is no real advantage to having the T-grip. Carrying the D-handle in your backpack won't be a huge inconvenience in terms of space and the extra stability afforded by a D-handle is nice.