The Voilé XLM Avalanche Shovel is the ultimate rescue shovel for
hardcore minimalists. If you’re an “ounce counter” or cover great
distances in your backcountry forays, it’s a shovel well worth considering.
Its mini-size scoop, made of thinner-gauge aluminum, and
non-telescoping handle lend a hand in making it the lightest shovel
we offer. But we couldn’t live with ourselves if we didn’t cold forge
the XLM’s scoop from 6061 aluminum and then heat-treat it to a T6
temper. Here at Voilé, lightweight never equates to wimpy.
Ski pack weight; it can make the difference between face shots and face plants.
The simple, lightweight design of the Voile XLM shovel has come through for me time and again. From building a hasty quinzee at dusk, to digging a quick avy pit for compression tests, light equals fast. It tucks into my pack easily, so I can ignore it until I need it.
Now, I just need to keep my son from "borrowing" it to sled down our icy driveway . . .