The Mammut Alugator Twist Shovel features a ingenious design that makes it just as crucial for preventing emergencies as it is for bailing you out of them. Its pre shaped, rotating shaft can be positioned to optimize strength transfer when shoveling or cutting, so you can set it to 'Cut' when you're cutting blocks to test the snowpack before you drop in, or set to 'Scoop' if disaster strikes. The blade is made from durable anodized aluminum and has stabilization ribs for added rigidity and cutting power. The telescoping shaft and a space saving blade design helps maximize space in your pack. A symmetrical t grip is easy to manipulate with gloves or mittens, so you won't have to worry about potential frostbite in addition to everything else.