“We built these shovels for recreational to pro-level skiers, guides and patrollers so they could shovel harder and faster without wasting energy. All three share a forward-thinking construction that maximizes strength, speed, weight-savings, and performance,” said Chris Parkhurst, vice president of MSR. “The designs are built with a serrated edge, as opposed to a round or triangular blade, to create a more stable and powerful chopping surface. We also engineered angular sidewalls to ensure skiers and snowboarders can capture firm snow blocks to move more snow faster.”
Each shovel is built with a high-strength neckless blade for addeddurability and packability as well as a rapid-deploy, tri-lobe-shaped shaft that prevents rotation, allowing instant, hassle-free deployment. For added
versatility, each shovel’s upper shaft has the ability to click
directly into the blade for a more compact design.
Built as a basecamp and backcountry shovel, the Operator T’s large blade is engineered for digging professional snow pits and constructing wind barricades and shelter walls. The blade’s 40-degree angle to the shaft maximizes scooping and transferring. The compact, ergonomic T-handle is built to perform like a D-handle, providing users a more comfortable and effective fit.
The Operator D shovel swaps out the T-handle for the more utilitarian D-handle. The specialized, ergonomic handle is built for the biggest jobs—from building kickers to snow caves—when grip and maximum leverage trump a more compact handle.
The Responder shovel’s ultra-compact blade features a reduced, 30 degree scooping angle for ultimate packability in a backcountry or sidecountry pack. The shovel’s flat back shaves snow pit walls smooth while its vivid yellow color ensures it remains visible during whiteouts. The blade’s serrated edge cuts through cement-like debris while the shovel’s straighter blade-to-shaft geometry excels at chopping and paddling away snow in confined spaces or during burial rescues.
The new MSR shovels will be available at retail stores in August 2014.
About MSR® (Mountain Safety Research®)
Seattle-based MSR has been engineering standard-setting high-performance outdoor equipment since 1969. A commitment to quality manufacturing and innovation ensures customers are outfitted with the finest, most reliable gear available for outdoor adventures. MSR product lines include: stoves, fuel, cookware, water treatment and hydration systems, shelters, snowshoes, snow tools, and backcountry poles. The majority of MSR products are made in the company’s Seattle, U.S.A. and Cork, Ireland manufacturing facilities. For more information, visit www.msrgear.com.
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