Komperdell showed us an all carbon-fiber shovel, which includes a carbon-fiber blade and two-piece adjustable carbon-fiber shaft. The only non-carbon-fiber elements are a stainless reinforcement to the shovel blade edge and a plastic handle grip. This is a lightweight shovel that can really cut through and move some hard, crusty snow without bending or falling appart.
A companion to the shovel will be an all carbon-fiber avalanche probe. If it specs out as good as it looked at the show, it should compete with the Life-Link Carbon Fiber Speed Light probes, and maybe a bit lighter!
Again, both these items are so new that there is no literature, no weights, and no specs available. We will get information and test models as soon as we can.
"Komperdell All Carbon-Fiber Shovel and Probe First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)," by Alan Dixon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/komperdell_shovel_probe_outdoor_retailer_winter_market_2005.html, 2005-01-30 03:00:00-07.