Tired of flimsy avalanche shovels that crack the first time you hit it against anything other than snow? Look no further than the Ortovox Grizzly Shovel. It’s tough, it’s reliable, and it’s pretty much indestructible. There’s no plastic so you don’t have to worry about cracking- you can pretty much beat the hell out of it. Plus, in addition to being a traditional shovel it also has a “hoe” function, in which the shovel is angled at ninety-degrees. This allows for quick scooping action for digging quick pits. Also, the t-handle/grip tape shaft allows for minimum slipping while shoveling.
The only drawback might be it’s compactability- it can be a bit bulkier than other shovels. However, I’d trade reliability for a little less space in my pack any day. In fact, the protection provided between the blade and shaft when folded provides a great space in your pack for storing sandwiches. So, even it’s one downfall can actually be used to its advantage.