Avalanche pros know what's up when it comes to gear, and for years they've been using, abusing, and trusting the G3 AviTech shovel for snow study pits, avalanche rescue, and the occasional backcountry booter. Built with a flat aluminum blade, this shovel is perfect for digging out smooth pit walls or chopping through debris, and it has several slots designed to facilitate building a rescue sled. The aluminum shaft is tough and durable, but a blast of adrenaline can kick you into overdrive in emergency situations, leading to a snapped shovel--to remedy this, G3 designed the telescoping shaft in two parts, allowing you simply remove the broken section and continue digging. This edition has been styled out with the Backcountry. com logo, helping it stand out whether you're scooping out a kitchen on Denali or digging practice pits in your backyard. Proposition 65 Warning for California Consumers: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm.