G3 Genuine Guide Gear BoneSaw

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In designing the Bonesaw, G3 got together with guides and avalanche professionals to see which features were useful and which ones were useless. After months of design and testing with skiers who spend 100 days in the backcountry each year, they've got it dialed. The G3 Bonesaw has become one of the most versatile snow saws available. This burly saw has offset teeth that can cut snow, ice, and even wood. It comes with a durable sheath for easy carrying. The best part is that with two included straps, you can attach this saw to just about anything. Strap it onto your ski pole, avie probe, shovel handle, long stick, or anything else that's at hand to increase your reach for cutting test pits and Rutschblocks. For easy snow safety research there are measurements on the blade aid in making consistent cuts for tests and there are three different grids for determining snow crystal size.


  • Fantastic tool for snowpits and Rutschblocks
  • Also good for pruning on your favorite backcountry ski run. Judiciously used, of course
Mountain Gear
From the minds of guides comes the streamlined, stainless steel BoneSaw from G3 that features sharp offset teeth to cut through snow, ice, and wood on the push and the pull.

Oregon Mountain Community
The G3 Bonesaw is a definitive backcountry ski tool designed with input from professionals. Sharp, packable, and easily attached to ski poles, ski tails, two-by-fours, or nearly anything else that could extend your reach.
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Cutting length:13.8 in (35 cm)
Total length:18 in (47 cm)
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G3 Genuine Guide Gear BoneSaw Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Personally I am a fan. This is a great tool for snow science. One of my favorite features is that it has a measuring grid on the side. As we all know, snow is constantly morphing due to temperature changes. I used to use the plastic case that my magnifying glass sits in or a plastic card to look at snow crystals, but the variable speed that they degrade was sometimes frustrating. The beauty of the aluminum is that if you keep it out of the sun it will be nearly the same temperature as the snow which is good for a quick analysis of crystal types.
Other than that I think it is perfect for cutting a profile, building a table, or cutting a small cornice. The handle is great and doesnÂ’t slip out of my glove.
Thank you for another innovative design!

Greg at Backcountry.com on 12/08/2006

Being a guide up here at valdez heli camps, i've put the g3 to the test. everything from cutting wands for lz's and pz's to cutting columns pit after pit, the g3 seems to hold up just fine. i haven't used it to cut cornices, so i can't say how the attachment system works. the only thing i wonder is if any one has has issue with it bending? i haven't yet so overall a great tool

martin81652358756 at Backcountry.com on 02/15/2008

As an avalanche forecaster, I'm always digging in the snow. This is my saw. The markings help to keep cuts straight, and the saw goes through anything, even the dreaded rain lens. I often use the included straps to attach the saw to the end of my shovel to isolate extended column tests in shallow snowpacks. I've never tried to quarter an elk with it but, for a dedicated snow tool, you can't beat the Bonesaw.

Grant Helgeson at Backcountry.com on 01/17/2010

I can not claim to be a snow expert, but I was with a gentlemen the other day who is. When we were exploring the backcountry, we decided to dig a pit and this gentlemen as I say pulled this tool out. I was amazed how much more this tool did then just cut snow. It has crystal measurement scales, charts, and light weight too.
Its pretty fun to cut perfectly shaped snow samples too.

Tyson Bolduc at Backcountry.com on 02/01/2010

I have trimmed lots of trees and brush as well as thousands of snow pits with this saw and it works great for that. Attaching this to a pole has never worked well for me at all, the connection is always sloppy, I just end up using cord to cut cornices.

Evan Stevens at Backcountry.com on 12/03/2008

I have only had a chance to use this saw a handful of time but it has met all my expectations. I had used a shovel to isolate snow columns in the past and this saw is a major upgrade, making accurate stability tests much easier to produce.

John Coleman at Backcountry.com on 01/12/2013

If you are looking for a versatile snow saw, this is the one, lightweight and compact. Cuts very well. The only thing that can be improved is the handle ... if they can make it a little bigger, it would fit our gloves/mittens better.

Kenneth at Backcountry.com on 02/04/2008

this is a great saw! one of the best 35cm saws out there. its an ounce or so lighter than comparable saws, fairly ridgid for its length and weight and it cuts precisely. also, worth checking out is the brooks range scientist 35.

andrewsmith at Backcountry.com on 01/14/2011

I was caught in an avallanche a while back in the 90's and i had the bonesaw with me. It was perfect! I managed to "release" my foot in 35 seconds. I strongly recomand this tool!

bone crusher at Backcountry.com on 03/16/2012

Solid like most G3 products.Excellent for isolating columns.Doing
full snow profiles.Once more tool you should have when backcountry skiing.

Andy Traslin at Backcountry.com on 09/12/2010

Neutral Reviews:

I like the printed on squares but I already have those with my study kit. I will keep using my saw that fits into my shovel handle. It just didn't feel as good as other saws I have used. Good idea but just not for me I guess.

john gilchrist at Backcountry.com on 12/19/2006

Very nice saw, great feel of the handle, as long as you're right handed. Unfortunately I'm left handed.

Joe G at Backcountry.com on 11/04/2012