The Ortovox Badger Shovel is a light weight compact shovel with the Ortovox hybrid grip handle with the advantages of T and D grip. When you're on the move the overall length of the shovel is 45cm. But when you need it quickly it is fast to assemble and extends to 70cm.
The aluminium blade has high sides so the maximum amount of snow can be shifted, while the centre ridge provides absolute rigidity. With it's low weight and high strength the Badger is a great choice for your backcountry adventures.
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I am a regular off-piste skier, and I bought this Badger shovel as part of my avalanche kit. I'm not interested in building kickers next to the piste - so ease of use and low weight were my priorities in choosing this shovel.
The shovel is easy to assemble with gloves-on, and is effective at moving snow. The handle is a good length which means it's not too tiring to use, and the contour of the blade makes the whole snow-moving process much easier than other shovels I've used. It's very cost effective - being badged as the 'value' member of the Ortovox range. Other than that, there's not much to say - it's an effective yet essential part of the transceiver-shovel-probe combo.
The only negative points to this relate to the pronounced areas at the sides of the cutting-edge of the blade. Where most shovels have a 'clean' blade, I am concerned that over time the shape of the blade will wear-out my backpack. Having said that, the likelihood of this being a problem in real-life are very small. It's not the lightest shovel available on the market - but by the time you've put a bottle of water and a sandwich in your pack, it's very unlikely that the weight will be noticeable to any except the professional ski-mountaineer, racing up the hill on skins with just the bare-essentials...
Overall, this is a cost-effective, efficient, and easy-to-use shovel.
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