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Black Diamond Deploy Shovel

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Compact Powerhouse

It only takes an instant to trigger an avalanche, and if you do, time is of the essence, which is why Black Diamond designed the Deploy Shovel to be ready for action in seconds. The secret is the curved shaft, which allows the shovel to be compressed into a stowable state without disassembly, and that means that you can have it ready for work with the push of a button. Far from being an emergency-only tool, this shovel also gets a flat bottom that leaves clean walls when you’re digging a snow pit, which will hopefully keep you from having to use it to dig out a buddy. And the rugged anodized aluminum construction minimizes weight while remaining robust enough for daily use season after season. If you want your shovel light, compact, and painless to use under pressure, the Deploy fits the bill perfectly.


  • Rapid-deployment shovel for daily use in the backcountry
  • Curved, trapezoidal shaft nests in shovel blade and delivers ergonomic digging power
  • Smooth bottom blade leaves clean walls when digging snow pits
  • Rugged anodized aluminum construction is built to withstand regular hard use
  • T handle grip offers a secure hold while shoveling
  • UIAA certified


  • Best Use: Backcountry Touring
  • Weight: 1.26 lbs (570 g)
  • Blade Volume: 85 in² (550 cm²)
  • Collapsed Length: 16.9 in (43 cm)
  • Extended Length: 24.8 in (63 cm)