SOS (Survival on Snow) shovels offer exceptional versatility as various types of handle designs can be added to the original aluminum blade. The blade is made of high grade durable aluminum and includes two holes on each side of the blade’s edge to attach rope for use as an emergency sled or dead-man’s anchor. You can purchase the package combo of blade and handle with your preferred handle type in mind, but you can always order additional handles depending on your needs. The handle grip is always L-shaped, but the basic handle design will give you a basic straight shaft. With the Regular handle design the shaft becomes telescoping to add length for easier shoveling. The Deluxe design hides an almost foot-long snow saw inside its telescoping shaft. The saw is attached to the L-grip and can be easily extracted from the shaft. The Pro handle version adds a few inches to the included saw which is also thicker overall and sturdier than the Deluxe saw. There is also a new package offered by SOS that includes a foldable avalanche probe inside the shaft that can be extended to a professional 240cm (94.5 inches).