The Essential Safety Gear You Need in the Backcountry

A Featherweight Backpack Shovel
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A Featherweight Backpack Shovel

Made from high-quality aluminum, the 1.4-pound Alugator Light is Mammut's lightest and toughest shovel. To shed weight, Mammut cut out sections, the way a climber drills holes in his toothbrush. Despite the shovel's skeletal look, we moved snow and powder just as swiftly as with a solid blade weighing twice as much. [$60; mammut.ch]