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Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel
    Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel
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    Description

    The Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel is a highly durable small shovel with a telescopic handle attachment system. The innovative shaft attachment adds strength and stiffness by using a specially moulded aluminium sleeve and curved trapezoidal shaft to give excellent digging efficiency and penetration into hard snow.

    The curve of the Deploy's handle makes it ideal for shifting large blocks of snow when building a snow shelter or digging as part of a team. This is a great shovel for emergency and planned usage: light, efficient, comfortable and durable.

    Features

    • Curved, trapezoidal shovel
    • Engages in a fraction of a second
    • Hybrid D/T handle
    Weight:
    565g
    Blade volume:
    1.14L
    Packed length:
    43cm



    Customer Reviews of Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel

    Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel Review
    Stephen
    Verified Buyer
    Northumberland

    Used on a recent mountain rescue winter training weekend in Glencoe/Glen Nevis and was happy enough to buy one afterwards! You can actually detach the handle from the shovel blade if you want to but in most circumstance you keep them together and simply slide the handle out into the extended position. It was good for digging avalanche pits and clearing debris and is well made. My only criticism is that the nipples are hard/impossible to release with gloves on. It is designed so the nipple engages as you pull the shaft out without you having to do anything as long as you haven't locked it in the closed position with the second nipple (which you're almost guaranteed to have done to minimise pack size). Just be aware. Shaft is curved so no storage space for a probe. Otherwise great product.

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    Simon
    Verified Buyer
    Sheffield

    Well designed. It worked well digging snowholes - easy to shift icy crust and volumes of more compacted slab.

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    James
    Verified Buyer
    Lewes

    Black Diamond Deploy 3 shovel is an ideal product for me and the upcoming Ski touring trip planned for this season.A super lightweight but sturdy unit with a retractable handle which is perfect for storage in my ski pack. Weight and size are important factors when you are touring so this shovel is exactly what I'm looking for.

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    Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel Review
    Caroline
    Verified Buyer
    Uplands Close

    Beautiful shovel design with the handle telescoping into the blade itself.Easily to deploy quickly at the press of one buttom the whole system extends, and also easy to restow. Relatively light without any compromise in robustness and comes in a fantastic bright colour.

    Carried it on the outside of a pack for several days whilst on a mountain route (including some rock climbing) without any damage visible apart from a couple of superficial scratches.

    Is a good size for shifting snow, big enough to make an impact and small enough I can lift it with the full shovel loaded.

    Very pleased with my purchase - great product at a reasonable price.

    I guess the only minus is that it is a bit heavier than some of the other options avaliable so if weight is highly critical it might be worth looking around at the other options.

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    Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel Review
    Ciaran Burgess
    Verified Buyer
    Dunbar

    A great shovel, it is not the lightest you can get so I have not awarded 5 stars. although it is very practical with the handle fitting inside the shovel for ease of storage and the shovel itself is rather rigid making it a great shovel. I have never used in an emergency situation but had plenty of use for one when making snow holes on a outdoor course and making jumps for skis.

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    Richard
    Verified Buyer
    Sheffield

    Thankfully I've never had to use this shovel in an emergency - only snow pack analysis and building a kicker, but it's light-weight, compact design make it an ideal back-country shovel.

    It takes up minimal space in your pack and the integrated design means there is no fumbling around with separate components since the shovel is out of you pack and deployed within seconds.

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    simon Willis
    Verified Buyer
    BUXTON

    Great shovel - I like the way the handle folds down inside the shovel meaning one less thing to lose either on the mountain or in the garage !! I used it to clear some ice off a concrete balcony and was impressed that the paint didn't scratch. Overall... it does what it says it does!

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    phillip smith
    Verified Buyer
    sheffield

    Bought this as my first bit of avalanche saftey gear and it is great.

    I have also used it to dig out cars on our road that have got stuck and it is durable and considering it's small size easy to shift snow with. I also got a black diamond pack that it fits very snugly into the outside pocket of which is a great feature but probably brand specific.

    Had tried a mates plastic shovel but I would go with this unless you are really really weight obsessed for a long tour or something.

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    Stephen Day
    Verified Buyer
    Farnborough
    Bought this shovel as I wanted to move on from the plastic Ortovox I've been carrying for years. Aluminium if definitely the way to go. It's no heavier than my plastic one and will be so much more use should things go badly wrong. Taken it on a couple of trips already and tried it out on some avalanche snow and although it wasn't a piece of cake to shovel it did at least shovel!The plastic one I tried just bounced off. Shifts lots of snow per shovel full. Handle drops into the blade nice and easy even with gloves on. Only slight downside is the length of the handle, it would have been nice to have another section in there or just the one but a bit longer. Not so easy to dig deep pits as with the Ortovox (double telescopic handle) but I guess you can't have everything!Great product.
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    Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel Review
    Danny McShane
    Verified Buyer
    Fyvie
    If you get it right you'll only ever buy one snow shovel, so don't let the slightly higher price influence you - you'll soon forget about it. This smaller shovel can quickly shift harder snow where a larger shovel actually makes it more difficult. In soft snow it doesn't make a huge amount of difference and is streets ahead of your hands or an ice axe adze.This BD shovel telescopes shut better than the BCA designs and is easier to carry outside or inside your pack. Having to carry the shovel separated seems like a bad idea when seconds count and with this one you don't have to.The four lashing holes on the blade can be tied into shock cord on the back of your pack - slightly fiddly to stow, maybe, but quick release and that's what counts. The shaft cross section provides a positive grip for your hand with mitts or gloves on - which matters in extreme use. Ultimately the oval shaft designs (eg BCA) would be less likely to give you blisters, but for short term use 'in anger' the trapezoid is more positive.Oh...and looks and feels really good too.
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    Robert Deacon
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    Hadleigh, Ipswich

    Having toured with the military many times I was sure going to get a metal shovel! No questions asked. This little beauty is the perfect mix of strength, weight, and compactness, and although it's the least important feature it's quite a groovy colour too.

    The cross section of the shaft aids to gripping. As a previous reviewer mentioned it does seem to shift the white stuff quicker than the size of it's blade would make you believe, this may be due to the well sculpted handle and it's good use of ergonomics, it fit's the hand well and stops the onset of cramp. In short bravo BD you have triumphed again, this is as good as value gets.

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    Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel Review
    andrew dines
    Verified Buyer
    Cheadle
    As with virtually all Black Diamond kit, this is well-designed and robust. It feels really sturdy - both the shovel blade and the way the sleeve at the top of the shovel blade locks on to and supports the handle. It feels far more solid than my previous shovel.
    It can be stashed in your off-piste pack as one piece, or if your shovel pocket is not quite big enough, then you can store the shaft and blade separately. Either way, the shovel deploys smoothly and quickly and the shape of the blade really does seem to shift snow particularly quickly.
    It's not much heavier than the plastic shovels on the market and the extra weight is definitely well worth carrying. If you doubt it, then next time you come across avalanche debris have a poke about and see how hard it can set up. Then consider which type of shovel you would want in your pack if you are digging your mate(s) out with the clock ticking.
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