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Komperdell Avalanche Snow Shovels

Komperdell Avalanche Snow Shovels

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2 Types of Snow Shovels

Inspired by athletes’ spirit of adventure, Austria’s Komperdell has been making ski poles and other alpine gear since 1922. This is the company’s Avalanche line of snow shovels: great for making a snow kitchen or a snow shelter like an igloo or snow cave, or for keeping on hand as part of an avalanche safety kit. Each is comprised of an adjustable shaft made of aluminum and a shovel pan. The Alloy is the larger of the two, with a nearly-10-inch-wide shovel and a maximum length of 39 inches, while the Expedition has a 8.5-inch-wide shovel and a 34.6-inch maximum length. Both pack down to 19.7 inches for convenient carry.

Note: This drop’s base price is for the Avalanche Expedition shovel in your choice of color: blue, orange, or red. At checkout, you can opt for the Avalanche Alloy shovel (+ $8).

Komperdell Avalanche Snow Shovels
Komperdell Avalanche Snow Shovels
Komperdell Avalanche Snow Shovels
Komperdell Avalanche Snow Shovels
Komperdell Avalanche Snow Shovels

Model Options

Avalanche Expedition: Blue
Avalanche Expedition: Orange
Avalanche Expedition: Red
Avalanche Alloy (+ $8)


Avalanche Expedition Shovel

  • Adjustable aluminum shaft
  • Temperature-proof Lexan shovel pan
  • 90º vario grip
  • Foam grip zone
  • Width of shovel base: 8.5 in (21.5 cm)
  • Maximum length: 34.6 in (88 cm)
  • Packed length, without shovel pan: 19.7 in (50 cm)
  • Weight, shovel pan: 12.5 oz (354 g)
  • Weight, handle: 10.5 oz (298 g)
  • Weight, total: 23 oz (652 g)

Avalanche Alloy Shovel

  • Adjustable aluminum shaft
  • Extra-large, robust aluminum shovel pan
  • Foam grip zone
  • Laminated, steel-reinforced shovel pan
  • Width of shovel base: 9.8 in (25 cm)
  • Maximum length: 39 in (99 cm)
  • Packed length, without shovel pan: 19.7 in (50 cm)
  • Weight, shovel pan: 15.2 oz (431 g)
  • Weight, handle: 8.8 oz (250 g)
  • Weight, total: 24 oz (680 g)


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Jan 29, 2018 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.

Recent Activity

@beean @ClusterFlux (and FYI @Motorrad @Hearst) Thanks for posting about this issue. Avalanche safety is obviously important, and getting the proper gear for going into avalanche territory is clearly vital. However, energy might be better directed at Komperdell for naming it an Avalanche shovel, as that is something we can't change, and you clearly disagree with. That being said, like you pointed out, metal blades are generally recommended over lexan blades for actual avalanche safety. However, that doesn't mean that lexan blades don't have a place, and here are a few thoughts on that: First, the technology has been improving and today's models are better than what was introduced into the market over the last 10-20 years. Second, the manufacturer is an important aspect. Komperdell is not some random company making cheap knock-offs. They produce generally high quality, well designed gear. Yes, lexan shovels are usually more affordable than metal, but that can be explained by manufacturing process and not necessarily the quality. Third, lexan does have advantages over metal. For example, when spring skiing where one's likely to see a slide avalanche and not a slab, one might be better of with a lexan shovel that wouldn't get stuck with wet, sticky snow. Fourth, if people are generally poorly informed about avalanche safety, as repeatedly proclaimed here, then the debate of metal vs. lexan is moot. At least they have a shovel, which is one step better than people who head into the backcountry without one. There are likely far more important things to focus on to improve safety, that will have far greater impact, then trying to convince people that lexan blades are unfit. Fifth, lexan shovels are generally more affordable, and following up on the point above, I'd prefer someone buy and carry a handy shovel rather than not buy one due to cost prohibitions. Consider that some people are going out on cross country skis or snowshoes and aren't themselves going into avalanche terrain, but they might be able to access if others get caught and help out. I'm not opposed to us changing the text of our product description, but I do feel like your position on this is very hardlined, and rarely are their times when one can make a blanket statement like 'lexan blades should never be used for avalanche safety'. So while metal might be more recommended than lexan, I still find that there is sufficient reason to be able to describe these just as the manufacturer has - a snow shovel that has many uses, including potentially with avalanche safety. I'm thrilled you're posting here and trying to do your part about education our community and staff, and I hope you'll continue posting and sharing. You clearly have a wealth of knowledge and a sense of concern. Thank you all.

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