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.
As a longtime user and abuser of Voile shovels I was happy to bring this along on a mountaineering trip in the Alaska Range a couple of years ago. We ditched the tent for the climb and used our ice tools and this shovel to dig a snow cave down to the alpine ice below. The short handle and tough blade were excellent for close quarters chopping. We ended up spending three nights in our long and narrow tube bivy and the shovel held up amazingly well and didn't weigh us down during the climbing like a full sized model would have.
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best little friend
I keep mine in my car for self-rescue during the ski season.
This guy also works great for snow caving, quick backcountry laps, and as a loaner when your buddy forgot his shovel in the mad rush to get out the door and get skiing.
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Light is Right
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 . . .