The Voilé XLM Avalanche Shovel is the rescue shovel for hardcore minimalists. If you’re an “ounce counter” or cover great distances in your backcountry forays, it’s a shovel well worth considering. Its mini-size scoop, made of thinner-gauge aluminum, and non-telescoping handle lend a hand in making it the lightest shovel Voilé offers. The XLM’s has a cold forged scoop made from 6061 aluminum that has been heat-treat it to a T6 temper. At Voilé, lightweight never equates to wimpy.
The Voilé Telepack Avalanche Shovel is an excellent alternative to the Telepro shovel. Fitted with the same, bomber scoop as the Telepro, the Telepack features a slightly-shorter, T-handle (rather than a D-grip) for compact stowage inside a pack. Otherwise, the shovel performs equally well as the Telepro, and also features the same pair of deadman holes for rigging an emergency sled or snow fluke. Once again, the 6061-T6 aluminum used in the Telepack scoop really shines in challenging snow and debris. T6 is the level of hardness reached in the aluminum heat-treating process, resulting in a metal that rivals steel for strength and rigidity, at a fraction of the weight. The Voilé Telepack Avalanch Shovel: A great choice for pros on the move or any backcountry enthusiast who wants peace of mind.
The Voilé Telepro Avalanche Shovel is the closest thing to a snowplow. It’s made for moving mountains of snow, and is the industry standard for ski patrollers, mountain guides, and rescue workers worldwide. The extended telescoping handle adds efficiency and reduces strain on your lower back. Once collapsed, the handle removes easily from the scoop and stows conveniently in a pack for travel or making joyous turns downhill. Its large scoop is cold forged to its quintessential Voilé shape from 6061 aluminum. Then the scoop is heat-treated to an impressive T6 temper. T6-tempered 6061 aluminum has an ultimate tensile strength of 42,000 psi and yield strength of 35,000 psi. The shovel scoop of the Telepro Avalanche Shovel features a pair of slotted holes. In the deft hands of a snow expert, these “deadman” holes may be used to fashion an emergency rescue sled or snow anchor. The Telepro is truly a professional-level avalanche shovel at a price that anybody can dig.
What’s up with the Voilé T-Wood Avalanche Shovel, you ask? Simply put, it’s a shovel AND a wood saw. From pruning branches to digging snow pits to cutting firewood, this professional-grade, rescue shovel/saw redefines the term “handy.” Its seven-inch, six-teeth/inch blade stows safely inside the shovel’s telescoping handle when not in use, but can be pressed into service by means of a double-pop button. As part of the Voilé line, you’ve probably already guessed that this workhorse is a very serious rescue shovel. No surprise that its scoop is forged of uncompromising 6061-T6 aluminum. With the T-Wood Avalanche Shovel in your pack you’ll be prepared for almost anything. You’ll be “King of the Freakin’ Forest.”