Black Diamond Transfer 7 Shovel

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Black Diamond Transfer 7 Snow Avalanche Shovel Features.

Black Diamond Transfer 7 Snow Avalanche Shovel.
The Black Diamond Transfer 7 Snow Avalanche Shovel is designed to cater to the increasing number of mountain professionals and serious backcountry skiers. Equipped with an ultra-strong aerospace aluminum blade, the Black Diamond Transfer 7 Snow Avalanche Shovel can remove big volumes of snow from the smallest footprint of space. The blade works by carving quickly through the snow during recovery and cutting clean during pit analysis. To enhance both reach and strength, the removable trapezoidal shafts extend to 86 cm (34 in), providing excellent snow-moving performance with rapid deployment in any mountain and backcountry situations. Additionally, the shovel features an ergonomic T-grip handle that is both glove and mitten friendly. Equipped with cutting-edge features, this shovel makes sure that excessive snow won t get in the way of your fun outdoor activity. This shovel is definitely a great choice for mountain professionals and backcountry skiiers out there.
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Key Features.


  • The lightweight aluminum blades move massive amounts of snow and generate clean cuts for efficient snowpit construction

Weather and Wind:

  • Flat-bottomed design digs smooth snow pit walls with flat surfaces
  • Large, steep-walled 10.3 x 15.75 blade aides maximum snow transfer
  • Large anodized 6000-series aluminum blade is smooth and flat, carving quickly through snow during recovery; cuts clean during pit analysis


  • Detachable handle extends length from 16.3 inches to 33.9 inches


  • Unique "T&D" handle creates control and comfort, whether you're using mitts, gloves, or bare hands

Traction and Grip:

  • Ergonomic T-grip handle feels like a D-grip but packs small and is glove- and mitten-friendly


  • Unique patent-pending trapezoidal bent shaft offers maximum extension through a two-piece design that enhances both reach and strength
  • The Transfer 7 has a greater extension and blade volume
  • The unique hybrid D and T handle is friendly to both mitts and gloves
  • Shaft deploys quickly via a quick squeeze of spring pins; shaft shape prevents rotation, so the spring pins engage every time
  • Non-rotating trapezoidal design makes assembly faster, and avoids rotation in use
  • Pointed blade enables effective chopping, and flat sides smooth pit walls; anchor holes through blade accommodate use as a dead man anchor
  • The removable, trapezoidal shafts extend to 34 in (86 cm) on the Transfer 7
Black Diamond designed the Transfer 7 Shovel with a trapezoidal shaft to increase strength and ensure fast, easy use in any condition. By moving away from the traditional round shaft, Black Diamond created a handle that extends with a simple pull and cannot be rotated on accident. This makes the Transfer 7 faster to set up than standard shovels, and the large blade moves snow like a tractor when your partner's life depends on it.

Oregon Mountain Community
Optimizing extended shaft length for increased comfort and efficiency, the Black Diamond Transfer 7 Shovel is ideal for backcountry travelers who dig pits regularly for snowpack analysis.


Providing maximum snow-moving power and rapid deployment, the Black Diamond Transfer 7 shovel has a large-volume blade and sturdy shaft.


Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Designed for serious avalanche excavation, the Transfer 7 shovel is designed for maximum speed of deployment. With its non-rotating trapezoidal design, you'll never waste previous time searching for spring-pin holes to lock. Its long rigid shaft provides maximum handle extension, and large blade moves snow rapidly.

The lightweight, ultra-strong aerospace aluminum blade of the Transfer 7 shovel facilitates maximum snow removal in the smallest footprint of space with an optimized, extended shaft length.

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Blade Volumes:2.65 L (0.7 gal)
Blade material:6000-series aluminum
Blade size:39 x 25cm / 15.25 x 10 in.
Extended Length:40.5 in / 103 cm
Packed Size:10 x 28 in / 25 x 71 cm
Packed length:69.2cm / 27.25 in.
Shovel Blade Dimensions:10 x 13 in / 25 x 33 cm
Shovel Features:Extendable Shaft, Hybrid Handle
Upc, Ean, Isbn:793661087120
Weight:1 lb. 12.6 oz.
Weight (Grams):812 g
Weights:770 g (1 lb 11 oz)
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Black Diamond Transfer 7 Shovel Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Largest shovel offered by REI

Bought this for backcountry snowmobiling. I've gotten stuck more than enough to give it an adequate test I think. It fits well, has a big blade to move a lot of snow per scoop. This was the main reason I chose this shovel over the others. I also like the extendable, removable handle. It is trapezoidal in shape so you can only put it together one way. It seems plenty strong and durable.

The only problem I've had was riding in powder, enough snow dust got into the handle and froze so that I couldn't extend it. I don't really see a way for this to be avoided so I'm still giving it 5 stars.

To the reviewer that hasn't used this shovel, I understand that you have good intentions and appreciate the input. However I have no idea how this shovel is any sharper than any of the others and how you would manage to cut your boots on it. I'll be monitoring for cracks and if mine starts coming apart like the one in the test I'll post back and let everyone know.
Petrolburner at REI on 01/01/2012

Just got back from a week long snow camping trip and a summit with this.
Overall great design. I can't say enough how happy I am that the handle isn't round; with frozen hands you don't want to mess with finding the buttons and this solved the problem quite simply. Moved a TON of snow quick. Bigger blade is definitely worth the weight, especially if you're digging pits often. The shovel was a bit cumbersome when trying to start off the snow cave but after the initial small areas were cut this thing was a block machine.
Only downside: the blade can get roughed up relatively quick if you're digging close to the ground or rocks, so don't dig near rocks or the ground, duh.

Gon3660854 at on 03/01/2010

Solid compact shovel

I got this shovel primarily for the car. Traveling to our weekend house sometimes means a bit of digging out to get into the driveway & to the house. Recently we went up & the snow from the plow was highly compressed, with a layer of about 4 inches of fresh powder on top. The shovel did a great job cutting thru everything and digging out.

For larger jobs, it can be tiring due to the short handle size. However, it is stronger than a lot of typical snow shovels you may have at home & a good compliment to them, especially getting thru the plow-generated compacted snow.
Niels at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2011

This is an awsome shovel!

I live in the SoCal mountains where we got over 4 feet of snow from one storm! This shovel was my life saver it is light and allows me to move a lot of snow quickly. You may not think of using this shovel to clear a drive way for your car or making a path to your door but this shovel really made a differance. I ordered it in Sept and kept it in my car good thing because I was able to dig out of a 3 foot drift. The best thing is that the snow did not stick to the shovel. This was a very wise investment.
mojave mike at REI on 01/01/2010

Just got this shovel and love it. It seems like you could use if for anything from uncovering your ski-partner to burying gold in your back yard. The long, telescoping shaft is great especially when combined with the large blade. Easy to break down into a more compact size. It is incredibly sturdy and it's shape allows for very efficient snow transfer. Can't understand why it wasn't crafted more like the D3 or D7 to allow the handle to slide all the way into the blade making it much more compact. However it's not a big deal if you don't mind a simple disassemble.

Mischa at on 12/13/2010

The blade just barely fit into my old 2002 Dakine Poacher but nonetheless it fit. Fortunately, I just picked up a new Poacher and the avi pocket is much bigger so it fits no problem. I'm a big fan of pretty much everything on this shovel. The blade design is extremley strong and able to clear a ton of snow very quickly. I bought this basically because of the handle design. The rectangular shaft and handle provide a ton of grip and it is dead simple to set up.

Brett Sichello at on 10/20/2009

This fits perfectly into my CamelBak Snoblast. Not looking for a true backcountry shovel - more for making some small jumps or small digging. This is perfect for the job. Good size and the extension makes it a little more bearable. Great quality shovel - and I like the handle design. It was this or the deploy 7 and I went with this for the longer handle and bigger shovel since I wasn't worried about space in my pack.

sppog at on 12/08/2009

moves lots of snow

i bought this shovel for my dad to keep in his car incase he ever get stuck. i would say this shovel is alittle big to pack for a winter mountaineering trip. For that i recommend the transfer 3 shovel which is alittle smaller but packs alot easier. i bought the transfer 3 for winter climbing but also to keep in my car for an emergency dig out. But both designs are good and strong for any conditions
Phil at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2010

Great so far.

Bought this shovel for my wife. She needed a shovel for when we are hiking in the Alaska backcountry. BD did a great job creating a light-weight shovel that will both move a good amount of snow but is easy to pack and carry. It has met every expectation I had.

Unfortunately, we haven't used it much in heavy snow conditions so I can't speak to it's strength. That is why I've only given it 4 stars.
Ak Ruckers at REI on 01/01/2010

With a big blade and long shaft, this is great shovel for making short work of digging in any type of snow. The trapezoidal shaft feels really sturdy, and the grip is pretty comfortable too. Only downside is that it's not very compact when assembled. I agree with the previous reviewer that it seems they could've designed the shaft to slide further down into the blade. Built for big pits and even bigger cheese wedges.

Miles Dickson at on 10/18/2010

Negative Reviews:

Not for avalanche

It is rare that I write a review for a product I have not purchased, but thought I would share some valuable information I found in Avalanche Review by the American Avalanche association.

While doing research before making my avalanche safety purchase, I ran across several independent test pages, the one mentioned above gave this shovel grave reviews. It stated that during testing the top side of the bucket had sharp edge which destroyed the boots that stepped on it during digging. It also cracked where the ramp angle of the blade starts to change to the shaft...and the bucket deformed . It got the worst rating of all 10 avalanche shovels tested.

all the positive reviews on REI's site seem to related to use for light snow removal which seems to be a more appropriate fit.
asha nikole at REI on 11/11/2011

Neutral Reviews:

This thing will keep digging until you cant dig any more
the triangle handle doesnt flex at all and stays rigid even under heavy wet snow
only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the fact that with a simple design change the handle could go further into the blade and be much more compact but instead the handle ends up being like 15in long at its shortest

Mitch Andrews at on 01/18/2011

Really not sure about this one
I dont want to hate because its a great product and has solid build quality but it doesnt really fold up too well...
the handle stays about a foot long and it makes it hard to pack. If I could I would go with a different shovel that folds smaller

Mitch Andrews at on 03/21/2011