Black Diamond Equipment Deploy 3 Shovel: Deploy 3 Shovel
Built for backcountry travelers and first responders, these trapezoidal, curved-shaft designed shovels deploy instantaneously for emergency situations.
Curved, trapezoidal shaft nests in the blade of the shovel.
Engages in a fraction of a second.
Hybrid D/T handle
|Blade Volume:||1.14 L (0.3 gal) Deploy 3|
|Country of Origin:||Taiwan|
|Handle Type:||Hybrid D/T|
|Number of Antenna:||0|
|Packed Length:||Small, Only 17.3 inches when stowed|
|Packed Size:||9 x 17.5 in / 23 x 44 cm|
|Shovel Blade Dimensions:||9 x 11 in / 23 x 28 cm|
|Shovel Features:||Extendable Shaft, Hybrid Handle|
|Upc, Ean, Isbn:||793661087090|
|Weight:||565 g (1 lb 4 oz) Deploy 3|
|Weight (Grams):||567 g|
|collapsed length:||44 cm (17.3 in)|
|extended length:||63 cm (24.8 in)|
|Black Diamond Deploy 3 Avy Shovel||$69.95|
|Black Diamond Deploy 3 Aluminum Shovel||$59.46|
|Black Diamond Deploy 7 Shovel||$56.21 - $74.99|
|Black Diamond Deploy 7 Avy Shovel||$74.95|
This shovel is light, compact, easy to use. It fits perfectly in my North Face ABS Vest. However, I ski with someone who is 6'4". Keep that in mind when you're buying this shovel. You're not buying this shovel to get yourself dug out, this is for the people you're skiing with. After realizing how small the shovel is, I decided go with another shovel/hoe combo. So think about when the snow falls and your partner only has a finite amount of time, would you rather have a smaller shovel or a bigger one? However, I absolutely will still use shovel for work and maybe some Yurt camping trips. Its nice for a traveling shovel, but I'd hesitate to dig my buddy out of the snow, since his life is in my hands.
The Black Diamond Deploy 3 is the perfect combination of portability and function. At 1lb 4oz it is not the lightest shovel you can buy, but it is definitely on the lower end of the spectrum. And when you slide that handle down to pack it away... it can fit in almost any bag I own.
I also like that when I take it out, I dont have to dig around for any handle pieces or anything, it's all there together and one click of the button and I am shoveling. You really cant beat that when the purpose of this product is to save lives.
My only issue is the short handle length, but for the portability and weight I am ok with that.
This shovel is exactly what it says it is, small and compact. If that is what your looking for tis is great it works well and stores awesome. If this is your first time buying a shovel keep in mind that bd built this for the bare minimum. I'm a patroller and have dug many holes I the snow. This shovel is not ideal for shoveling not so much because of the small blade but because of the short handle. This would for sure work in an emergency but if I was building kickers or snow camping I would consider your future back pain and go with the transfer shovel.
Considering that I am mostly a day trip backcountry tourist, and I am a woman, with less strength in my arms than a man, this shovel is perfect. I don't think that in my case a bigger shovel would help me clear more snow faster, just a little bit of snow can be very heavy. The smaller size makes me want to put it in my 18L day pack. And like others have said before me, I hope I never need to use it, but if I do, it WILL be IN my pack.
Light, compact, and super rugged. Fits in any pack which nice if you just want to use a day pack or are hitting up the sidecountry. Smaller size may be a plus or minus for you. Plus for me because of the fully connected design. Rather than worrying about putting the shovel together you can dig. Curved design seems to help with throwing snow but it also takes a little getting used to when packing. I recommend this shovel.