The Ortovox Badger is a midweight hardened aluminium shovel ideal as a all round backcountry/touring bit of kit. The blade has a large volume of 2.5 litres and a robust centre ridge for excellent rigidity. The edge is sharpened to allow you to cut through hard snow with non slip ridges for safety and ease when shovelling hard. The T handle is suitable for left and right handers and gives good power transmission. There's also a centering aid in the shaft socket making it easy to quickly click the handle in to the blade.
Ortovox Badger Features
- Hybrid grip
- Non-slip step grooves
- High sidewalls and pronounced center ridge
- Shaft designed for rapid assembly
- 28 x 21 x 4cm
Customer Reviews of Ortovox Badger Shovel
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 mostshovels 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.