The greatest feature of the G3 Avi-Tech D-Grip is the ability to use three different shovel configurations: telescoping, collapsed, and mini-mode. The shaft comes in two sections of different length (one is telescoping, one is not) and you can choose between either using the two pieces separately, the small piece for a mini shovel shaft, the longer telescoping piece for a medium sized shaft. Or you can combine both pieces together for the longest possible telescoping handle. Another cool feature is that this shovel has a built-in predetermined breaking point located in the lower shaft tube, so under considerable stress the blades won’t break, but one of the shaft tubes will. The shovel will still remain usable, however. All you need to do is take out the broken shaft piece and keep shoveling with the remaining shaft section. I also am told that one of the handle pieces can be used for dry-stash storage. Overall one of the most versatile shovels I have seen so far.