Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kevin A REAL PROBE!!
I use to have a small shovel, a 240cm probe, etc. Then I did a season of cat-skiing guiding and wised up. I dont think it matters what snowpack you are in, avy debris can pile up and having a solid, strong, reliable probe and a solid, big shovel might really change the outcome.
It is the little differences that just might make all the difference!
Now this probe has a grippy section at the top that works great with gloves. It deploys easily. It is thicker than others but less flimsy because of that.
Do it right the first time and buy this probe!
March 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Patrick Great fundamentals, but slippery
This probe is my favorite design, of the collection of different designs I have seen. Many of the little details are excellent.
- It deploys in seconds thanks to a smooth pull and a nice velcro bag. You never have to find the handle; the draw loop pokes out of the bag. I didn't appreciate these details at first, until I used a friend's probe with a fiddly drawstring bag (!!), and it took some searching to find the handle!
- It collapses easily. The release trigger is by far the easiest to operate with heavy gloves, compared to the handful of strange plastic triggers I have tried. Even when it is full of snow.
- The markings on the probe are clear, and the extra length is nice in deep snow.
- It's also sturdy enough to (carefully) use to release ski bindings and help yourself up if you eat snow, which is handy as probing often means dropping your ski poles.
I dropped a star because of problems with the grip. This pole is perfectly smooth, and happily starts to ice up... after an hour in a probe line, my hands ache from trying to keep a grip on this thing in my heavy gloves. It's still my favorite probe so far, but it could use a mild improvement for grip.
BD, it doesn't necessarily need grip on the entire pole, probably just the upper half. It's only when the snow is deep and you must hand-over-hand, that it becomes a real pain.
February 10, 2014