A shovel is absolutely essential for backcountry touring, and you won't go wrong if you choose to pack the Pieps Tour T Shovel. It's a smaller, lighter option in the Pieps collection of shovels, and it's still reliable for any tour whether it's a casual stroll or a mountaineering objective. Its alloy material is skinnier than most shovels to reduce weight, and a special coating ensures reliable durability. Pieps sharpened the blade's edges to help you dig through harder snow that makes up avalanches. The T-grip is extendable, and it has a coating to give you a better grip.