A shovel is essential for anyone wanting to venture into the backcountry - but breaking the bank to get hold of a good one? Far from it. The Black Diamond Transfer 3 shovel has proven itself as a popular, reliable choice amongst serious freeriders, yet comes in at a price that’s comparable to most probes.

The shovel’s aluminium blade has been subjected to a process called ‘andonising’, which results in the formation of a protective layer against corrosion and general wear and tear. Given that its remit involves a lot of punishing treatment in harsh climates, that makes a lot of sense… What’s more, the flat edge is perfect for getting a nice, clean face on your snow pit.

If you think the blade on the Black Diamond Transfer 3 shovel isn’t big enough, think again; it’s been especially designed to hold the maximum amount of snow relative to its size. That’s something you’ll appreciate when you’re building a booter in the backcountry - and for which you’ll thank the gods if it’s ever necessary to dig out a fellow rider against the clock.

"The blade has been especially designed to hold the maximum amount of snow relative to its size"

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A small, light shovel like this one can also be far more efficient than its bigger brothers in certain situations, such as when down in a narrow hole where there’s limited space in which to move.

"The blade can be detached from the handle for easy stashing, and at 692g you’ll barely notice it in your backpack"

When fully extended, the Black Diamond Transfer 3 shovel measures 79cm (approximately 31 in), but can be used in its collapsed 61cm form too. The blade can also be detached from the handle for easy stashing, and at 692g you’ll barely notice it in your backpack.

Perfect for the backcountry novice and expert alike, the Black Diamond Transfer 3 shovel will make a fine addition to anyone’s ‘holy trinity’ of avy gear - and again, you’ve got to love that price.

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