Black Diamond Equipment
PIEPS C 660 Shovel
The PIEPS Shovel C combines a telescopic handle with a lightweight profile for optimal performance and effective rescue. READ MORE
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The PIEPS Shovel C combines a telescopic handle with a lightweight profile for optimal performance and effective rescue. Learn More
DescriptionWith a telescopic handle and full feature set, the PIEPS Shovel C combines performace and usability to aid in your rescue operation. A C-handle enables for an easy grip, even with thick gloves, and with a non-slip grip and foot rest, you can move quickly. Quick lock and hoe functions round out the feature set.
- Telescopic handle quickly deploys and minimizes twisting while shoveling
- C-handle enables easy grip even with thick gloves
- Non-slip grip provides secure purchase, even with wet gloves
- Non-slip foot rest
- Quick lock system for automatic engagement when extended
- Hoe function for easy bivy construction
- Integrated bottle opener
PIEPS C 660 Shovel is rated out of 5 by 4.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Fletch from Uninspiring construction It's hard to get picky about a shovel... At the end of the day a shovel is a shovel. Does it move snow? Yes. However the quality in a shovel build has nuanced details that to a professional make the difference between "just a shovel" and a piece of gear that is a go to. 1) The mechanism by which the shovel blade locks onto the shaft has quite a bit of slop. This makes flattening pit walls unnecessarily difficult. 2) The hoe mode blade angle is obtuse rather than acute which seems to make it more difficult to hook snow up and out from wherever you're digging. Side note as well, the obtuse angle of the blade feels like it wants to come slide out when implemented as a snow climbing device. 3) The handle has a good grip to it and I have not broken it yet, but honestly It just doesn't play nice with all of the other perfectly straight things in my backpack.
Date published: 2019-01-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by Alec from My user error but worth noting Had this out a few times now digging pits but today I went do help dig a pit at a class and the shovel handle wouldn't extend. We had some pretty big guys yarding on it and it wouldn't budge. Figuring it was iced up I stuck the handle in my jacket for a couple minutes and it extended no problem. So remember to thaw and dry your gear... but if this could be addressed I wouldn't have to stress about being able to dig a friend out. Note: The blade attached to the handle with no problem and it was fully functional as a short shovel.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by Tre Snow from Strong and light shovel. I bought this shovel to accompany the BD avy kit I purchased that included the larger EVAC shovel. I used this PIEPS 660 shovel in my everyday pack and has proven to move a lot of snow quickly.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by MammothMammoth from Sturdy I bought this a week ago and have been testing it around the house in the varying snow conditions in Montana this year. This is the first review that I writing I am usually very reserved in doing such things, but I feel that this shovels worthiness needs to be mentioned. This is a sweet little shovel, with a lot of thought put into it. It has excellent grip with the logo sticker being made of a rough grip tape placed mid way up on the handle. Plus extra grip stickers in just the right areas so when your hands get wet and icy it still grips well on the handle and doesn't slide through your hands, making digging faster and easier. It is well built and very strong as I had the unfortunate event of finding out. I left it on the tail gait of my truck and ended up backing over it with both wheels. Don't ask how i did that one, all I have to say is that Murphy had his hand in things today. The shovel appears to have landed spade side down as I drove over it. There are some scuffs on the handle where the paint wore off from flexing while my Tundra truck rolled over the top of it. Nothing Broke! Upon inspection, the only thing that happened was that the upper shovel handle that slides into the lower insert got bent at the junction and would not retract. (the shovel was locked out in full length when driven over.) It took a few minutes in the shop with the handle in the vise and the use of a block of wood and a big persuasion club to get it back inline to work. The handle had some minor scuff marks, but did not brake. Other things worth mentioning are how fast the shovel puts together. I like where the handle fits into the shovel. It is flared out so you do not have to press the handle tabs in with your fingers upon inserting them together. Quick and easy. The back of the shovel has a well reinforced weld in the area that sees lots of force when prying on heavy materials or when in Another thing that needs to be mentioned is the weight of the item for those weight conscious people it only weights 1lb 7.2oz according to my scale. That was the Pre-driven over weight. Have fun and be safe outside, (highly recommended DO NOT test gear the way that I do :) That's just my two bits worth of info.
Date published: 2017-02-18