Shovelling might sound elementary but it’s the next frontier in decreasing avalanche rescue times. Shovelling takes the majority of time in an avalanche rescue. For information on how to organize and excavate efficiently, download this handout and watch this video.
What makes the arsenal shovel so strong?
We have designed our shovels to be the lightest and the strongest shovels on the market. Bomber shovels are made of 6061 aluminum alloy which is the same material commonly used in the construction of airplanes and bike frames. The oval shaft design helps disperse the stress forced on the shaft when lifting or moving heavy material. Our oval shafts are strongest along the major axis, in this case being the vertical axis that takes on the majority of the load. The collar of the shovel blade is welded to the back of the blade for continued strength along this load-bearing axis. The blade is constructed for torsional stability through reliefs that enhance the rigidity of the blade. This construction allows our Bomber shovels to have an industry leading strength to weight ratio.
Which BCA packs are compatible with this shovel?
The A-2 EXT is compatible with all BCA Stash and Float packs.
Does the included saw cut through wood?
Yes, the saw is designed to not only help make perfect snow pits but also to cut wood. The corrugated saw teeth allow for a wider cut, which decrease the friction on the saw, making the cut easier when deeper in the wood. Furthermore, the saws this year have been beefed up with a stronger and thicker metal that is still flexible at cold temps.