The Voile XLM is definitely a very small and lightweight shovel - the smallest aluminum shovel I have come across so far. It does not have a telescoping or collapsible shaft but its overall size is about the length of a medium sized backpack and therefore easily storable. You can detach the shaft from the blade to make it even less space consuming. Yes, you do lose some digging power by using a small scooped shovel with a relatively short shaft (about 25 inches). However, you are more likely to bring this one with you even on short ventures when you only carry a smaller backpack. The durable aluminum blade can withstand even the hardest use. Highly recommend especially for short trips into the backcountry when you want to pack lightly.