This saw is bad ass, no doubt. Maybe a bit over kill for what I was looking for when I put it on my X-mass list. I was looking for a long saw that would be a solid helper in cutting ECTs and CTs this is certainly that, however, the teeth are made for ripping through ice and dense snow, versus cutting. The result is not the cleanest columns as the aggressive teeth design leaves striation marks. In hindsight I might have gone with the Brooks Range Scientist 70 which has the same folding design but a bit less aggressive teeth which are designed for more refined cuts and is a bit lighter weight. At any rate the quality is amazing and I will see if I change to the Scientist model in the future.
I recently picked up an ABS pack & DaKine Altitude 25L cover, much to my surprise my old snow saw did not fit (I bought on bc.com a while a back so I was able to return it for a refund) in my new pack. This saw is awesome, come in a protective sleeve so you won't cut anything up by accident. It has a big reach to cut pit or to build some snow huts on the mountain (I'll be doing this on sub-par day in the JHMR slackcountry), it may be a little more pricey, but the fold up options makes it that much better the rest.
The teeth are fricking awesome with this saw. It packs down in the supplied case/bag . Pull it out and flip it into its extended position and you have an impressive tool in your hand. Others will look at your stout tool and be envious. I have whipped my tool out and everyone has wanted to hold it and fondle it.