Tough, reliable, and lightweight, the Snow Plume serves as the workhorse of ARVA's line of avy shovels. From first time backcountry travelers to seasoned experts looking to keep their kit simple and reliable, this shovel does the trick. The full length carbon fiber shaft offers an ultralight feel, and the rugged anodized aluminum blade can take a serious beating while keeping weight to a minimum. The shaft also has a simple one piece design that clicks into the blade quickly so you can start digging without delay. The T grip handle provides great leverage whether you're left or right handed. Strategically located holes in the blade allow you to build an anchor or a rescue basket in an emergency. Finally, ARVA added aluminum inserts at the joint for extra strength.