- LENGTH: 69cm full legnth / 46cm shaft length (27″ / 18″)
- WEIGHT: 377 grams (17oz)
- BLADE SIZE: 23.5cm / 24cm (9.2″ / 9.4″)
- PRICE: £53 / €75
- BUY DIRECT FROM JONES
Why we chose the Jones Excavator Carbon Shovel: The new ultra-light scooper which shifts as much snow as the big boys.
Jones have been leaders in the splitboard game since day one, but it was only more recently that they threw their hat into the ring of backcountry safety equipment and accessories. For their shovels and probes, they’ve been working in partnership with ARVA, the European avalanche safety experts with over 30 years’ experience in the game. This season, there are a couple new upgrades, including a longer probe for deeper snowpack searches and this, the Excavator Carbon Shovel.
“For their shovels and probes, they’ve been working in partnership with ARVA, the European avalanche safety experts with over 30 years’ experience in the game”
Weighing almost 40% less than the aluminium equivalent, the carbon version is aimed for riders looking to shave off every possible gram for fast and light backcountry travel. Both shovels are constructed from an anodized aluminium blade, with the same total surface area and high volume design, as lightweight kit needn’t compromise on how much snow you can shift when every second counts. They have, however, profiled this one 0.5mm thinner (we didn’t know how to check, so we’ll take their word for it), which will please those gram-counting pedants.