In competitions where a real shovel is mandatory gear, the Crest is the only way to go. The polypropylene blade is not as rigid as other plastic blades to prevent bouncing. The aluminum alloy shaft is contoured for a solid grip and good rigidity. Four slots on the blade allow for use as a snow anchor or emergency stretcher when combined with skis. Best of all, this handled shovel is almost as light as some models without handles!