It’s simple: This shovel shaves grams without compromising function. Instead of a short shaft or small blade, Ortovox uses cutouts in both to save weight. Strength doesn’t suffer, because the holes are strategically placed. The skeleton-like Pro Light deploys to 2 feet, 6 inches—normal for the category—and has a blade the size of a dinner plate. We scooped lunchbox-size loads without issue. (Ding: There’s no hoe mode.)
The shovel breaks down to 1 foot, 4.5 inches, which fit in every pack we tried. Notches in the T-grip improve grip while shoveling, and grooves on the top of the blade provided great traction when we had to stomp to cut through solid snow. Deployment is a cinch: Slide the shaft into the connection point, then extend.
“It doesn’t look like a burly shovel, but the Pro Light proved excellent at moving heavy snow when we made an outdoor patio near camp,” one editor says.
Weight: 15.5 oz.
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