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Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Recommendations for a Snow Saw on 12/28/2007 14:26:21 MST Print View

I am about to go out on my first winter camping trip and I have been researching light weight snow saws.

The lightest that I have found is the SMC Summit Snow Saw, which is 3.4 oz.

Most of the other ones that I have seen are about twice the weight.

Seems that SMC saves weight by having a metal handle that has been machined out.

Has anyone used this before and what do you think of it?

What snow saws have others used and liked?

Thanks for your input.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Yang Fang on 12/28/2007 21:32:43 MST Print View


See for their Yang Fang snow saw.


Victor Karpenko
(Viktor) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Snow Saw Recommendations on 12/29/2007 00:26:18 MST Print View

Both saws look like they will do the job. From my experience, after cutting all types of snow and hard pack, I prefer a saw with nice handle for the comfort factor. Here in the Sierra's we can have snow that has been rained on and refrozen even at 8000 ft. You can always pad the SMC handle if needed.

tkkn c
(tkknc) - MLife

Locale: Desert Rat in the Southwest
snow saw on 12/29/2007 17:35:43 MST Print View

The snow saw that came with my voile show/saw combo
2.9 oz saw only
3.1 oz for the handle

The voile saw works fine.
A machete works really well, but is a lot heavier.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
uses for saw? on 12/30/2007 23:14:31 MST Print View

What are you going to be using it for? Just cutting blocks and stuff or will it be for snow safety analysis? That's a consideration. For snow tests, saws that can be used for roustchblock tests and cutting out backs of collumns are the way to go. The extra weight of the G3 saw is worth it:

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Uses for Snow Saw on 12/31/2007 13:05:34 MST Print View


I am enrolled in a snow camping class thru the Sierra Club and it sounds like we will be digging snow trenches or snow caves.

I thought that having a snow saw would be useful to have for cutting blocks to build a roof over the snow trench or to build a wall for wind protection.

I am going to be breaking in my Laurel Mountain Designs Soul Side Zip Bivy w/eVent top, which I am going to use to suppliment my 15 degree Marmot Helium EQ bag and keep it dry.