Avalanche pros know what's up when it comes to gear, and for years they've been using, abusing, and trusting the G3 AviTECH shovel for snow study pits, avalanche rescue, and the occasional big ol' backcountry booter. Built with a flat aluminum blade, the AviTECH is perfect for digging out smooth pit walls or chopping through debris, and has several slots designed to facilitate building a rescue sled. The aluminum shaft is tough and durable, but a blast of adrenaline can kick you into overdrive in emergency situations, leading to a snapped shovel to remedy this, G3 designed the telescoping shaft in two parts, allowing you simply remove the broken section and continue digging. This edition has been styled out with the Backcountry. com goat logo, helping it to stand out whether you're scooping out a kitchen on Denali or digging practice pits in your backyard.