Black Diamond Transfer 3 Shovel

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Black Diamond Transfer 3 Shovel - Black Diamond Transfer Shovel 3. For the demands of mountain professionals and serious backcountry skiers, the ultra-strong aluminum blade of the Transfer shovel facilitates maximum snow removal in the smallest footprint of space. Lightweight yet strong, these shovels are optimized for extended shaft lengthùthe Transfer's removable trapezoidal shafts extend to 86 cm (34 in) on the Transfer 7 and 84 cm (33 in) on the Transfer 3. The strong, ergonomic handle is friendly to both mitts and gloves; it provides the benefits of T-and D-shaped handles in a low-profile, packable design. The blades generate clean cuts for efficient snowpit construction.

Weather and Wind:

  • Sturdy anodized 6000-series aluminum blade has a smooth and flat shape that carves quickly through snow during recovery and cuts clean during pit analysis
  • The durable, high-volume blade and extendable shaft provide the snow-moving performance you need in any backcountry situation

Traction and Grip:

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


  • Hybrid D/T handle
  • Pointed blade enables more effective chopping and flat sides help in smoothing pit walls; anchor holes through blade allow use as a dead man anchor
  • Shaft deploys quickly via a quick squeeze of spring pins; shaft shape prevents rotation for positive engagement of spring pins every time
  • Removable, trapezoidal shaft
  • Black Diamond Transfer 3 shovel weighs 650g (1 lb. 7 oz.)
The Black Diamond Transfer 3 Shovel combines a small size, low weight, and idiot-proof design for demanding backcountry fanatics. What sets the Transfer 3 apart from other avalanche shovels is its trapezoidal shaft. This Black Diamond shovel's shape ensures no rotation during setup, so it goes together fast and easy. In addition, the low 1lb 7oz weight puts a smile on the faces of alpine climbers and backcountry skiers alike.
The Black Diamond Transfer 3 Shovel is an extendable, lightweight snow shovel built for the backcountry.
Lightweight yet strong, the Transfer is optimized for extended shaft length.
Removable trapezoidal shaft extend to 86 cm (34 in)
The strong, ergonomic handle is friendly to both mitts and gloves; it provides the benefits of T- and D-shaped handles in a low-profile, packable design.
Aluminum blade facilitates maximum snow removal and clean cuts for efficient snow pit construction.
A traditional, extendable, lightweight avalanche shovel at a great price, the Transfer will keep you safe and compact wherever you roam.


Built with aerospace aluminum for a lightweight, ultra-strong design, the Black Diamond Transfer 3 shovel helps you throw as much snow as possible from the smallest footprint of space.


The lightweight, ultra-strong aerospace aluminum blade of the Transfer 3 shovel facilitates maximum snow removal in the smallest footprint of space with an optimized, extended shaft length.

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Activity:Backcountry skiing
Blade Volume:1.14 L or 0.3 gal
Blade material:6000-series aluminum
Blade size:28 x 21cm / 11 x 8.25 in.
Extended length:83cm / 32.6 in.
Material:6000 Series Aluminum
Packed Size:8.5 x 26 in / 21.5 x 66 cm
Packed length:65cm / 25 in.
Shovel Blade Dimensions:8.5 x 11 in / 21.5 x 28 cm
Shovel Features:Extendable Shaft, Hybrid Handle
Upc, Ean, Isbn:793661087113
Weight:650 g or 1 lb 7 oz
collapsed length:69 cm (27.2 in)
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Black Diamond Transfer 3 Shovel Reviews:


I own this and have used it for digging snow pits, moving snow, etc and avalanche courses. The blade is smaller than some, but keep in mind that when you're digging out packed snow like avy pack, that's heavy stuff, and a shovel full is quite a bit even with the smaller blade. The aluminum blade cuts right through hard snow and is very sturdy. I would definitely recommend this. A couple things to note, the handles can stick together when collaped. For a long time i didn't remember that it extended so far. It may take a good tug and jerk to get it to come out all the way. Great shovel and very light. T-shaped handle is nice, and work okay even with mittens.
Hope to never have to use it in a real avalanche situation.
Don't forget, no equipment can ever take the place of proper training.

Blaine Shillington at on 03/05/2010

The Transfer 3 has not once let me down. The pointed shape of the spade allows me to power through any ice and dig with ease through the sticky layers of snow that us Washingtonians have come to know and love. The handle is shaped so that it fits into the head with no question as to the direction and locks in, eliminating any loss of shovel power do to the twisting of the shovel head and shaft. Extends nicely for GREAT leverage and hasn't failed to my forces yet (although they're limited... not a big guy). Handle is easy to grip and everything is very, very strong.
Just keep the handle near the shovel! Easy to lose track of cause it shrinks down so nice. Now go save some people! or build a BC kicker.

Chris Justice at on 09/02/2010

This is the best shovel I've ever owned. It replaces my old BD Cougar (?) shovel. The trapezoidal cross-section shaft is stiff and sturdy, and is dead-easy to lock-in/together when you need to deploy it in a hurry -- no need to spin the shaft to get the button-lock aligned. Load it up with heavy, wet snow all you want, the shaft design has got more than enough to handle that too. The blade design is equally sturdy and I like the smaller Transfer 3 blade for digging precise pits. The hybrid grip is better than my old T-handle and lower profile than a D-grip-- it works really well. Great design, great shovel!

Niall MacRae at on 01/10/2010

Solid, compact, & easy to use

Great collapsible shovel--bought it for the car & occasional backcountry alpine skiing. Very compact when collapsed; sturdy and easy to handle when assembled. Had to use it upon arriving home from the store to help a neighbor dig their car out, and it worked better than many snow shovels I've had. Probably a bit big and heavy for dedicated backcountry winter athletes, but if a lift is taking you most of the way up the mountain and you're not carrying overnight gear, it's fine. Fits great in a trunk.
Nate042 at REI on 01/01/2014

I like the small size of this shovel as it fits better in my pack than the BD 7 size. Weight is good and the shovel is as strong as I would ever hope for. For days when I'm going out to practice avy drills, I'll bring my deploy 7 because the bigger blade does move snow faster, but for most days of touring when things aren't too hairy, I'm confident carrying this guy and enjoy the space and weight savings over a bigger shovel.

Mark Parrett at on 06/09/2010

I have a Black Diamond Outlaw pack and an Osprey Kode 22, this shovel fits preferctly in both of them. This shovel can move snow! Luckily I haven't had to dig any buddies out yet, but when that day comes having this in my hands will make the job easier and quicker. Its a pretty rugged shovel for something so light weight. Has made a few booters and has got my car out of some pretty rough spots. All in all a worthy purchase

NmbrdDays at on 01/15/2011

I originally got the BD deploy 3 shovel, but wasnt happy with the short length of the handle, so i got this one and absolutely love it. The handle extends almost twice as long as the Deploy and i find that it actually fits into my pack better because the handle comes off completely. Great shovel, super sturdy. Wouldn't expect anything less from BD.

Pat Guinn at on 06/08/2012

This shovel is everything you need it to be.its light enough that you dont really feel it in the pack,it assembles super quick with no fiddling what so ever at the cruical momnet and it shfts snow.while the blade isnt the biggest its still big enough and light enough to power through even the toughest debris.
Everything you want and need it to be!!!

ale3639619 at on 03/10/2010

LOVE LOVE LOVE this shovel. Been using it for snow camping all winter. Such good quality and a absolute pleasure to use. I look forward to dropping my pack, grabbing my snovel and getting a good upper body workout bu digging out tent platforms. I'm hoping it will last a long time. But first I've got to stop chipping ice with it!!

sco3656860 at on 06/03/2012

This beautiful shovel does the trick. The removable handle is convenient, and the telescoping shaft locks into place because of its shape. Leave it in the car all winter, and take it with you when you head to the mtns.

Scott Nielsen at on 12/30/2012