This shovel is uniquely shaped with a trapezoidal curved shaft structure. It is very lightweight and nicely packable due to a sliding mechanism that places the shaft inside the shovel scoop. Since nothing ever needs to be detached, this shovel can be used within seconds. Deploy’s grip is also unique, a mix of a T- and D-grip that makes for easy holding with or without gloves or mittens. Even though the shaft is comparatively short, its curved, anatomical shape makes for an easy dig. The handle’s trapezoidal design prevents it from rotating and will reliably hold it in place. In 2006, this shovel won the Couloir Backcountry Magazine’s Innovations Design Award and, in 2008, it wins my recommendation.