TUV Certified New Avalanche Shovel from BSA – Game Changer

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | April 1, 2017      

It’s called the Spooner. It will change your life.

We’ve been waiting years for this. A compact avalanche rescue shovel that’ll fit almost anywhere, is incredibly durable, lighter than anything, and ubiquitously available.

Spooner is specially shaped to dig faster than anything you've experienced. It's also a multi-purpose tool that works well for avalanche pit work and many other ski touring requirements.

Spooner is specially shaped to dig snow faster than anything you’ve experienced. In professional hands (e.g., IMGA Mountain Guide), it can move snow as fast as a moderately sized gasoline snow blower (stay tuned for comparo, using certified mountain guides as power source). It’s also a multi-purpose tool that works well for avalanche pit work and many other ski touring requirements. What is more, you can get a free one (see end of post).

Ergonomic is an understatement. You can move this thing faster than any shovel you've ever experienced.

Ergonomic is an understatement. You can move this thing faster than any shovel you’ve ever experienced. Indeed, BSA calls this the “Splendid Spoon.”

I asked Lou Dawson if he’d ever tested this shovel. Or better, if he’d ever done a factory visit to BSA. “For sure,” he said, “I stayed at a 5-star hotel near their headquarters in Michigan, where they use the legendary Saganaw tooling to cast thousands of these things. Economic rebirth for those guys, and lots of free shovels. Win win. I can’t think of a better place to test avalanche shovels than on the frozen slush of the Great Lakes. Just think F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is the real deal. Amazing.” (Editor’s note: Sorry Leon, but that’s the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck we believe you’re alluding to.)

Isolating a column for shear test is quick and easy with the BSA Spooner.

Isolating a column for shear test is quick and easy with the BSA (Best Snow Accessory) Spooner.

Spooner only weighs 66 grams.

Spooner only weighs 66 grams. Despite its diminutive form factor, this shovel has been shown in extensive testing by BSA to be perfect for the conveyor belt style of rescue excavation. Further, when included in the famed Getswine shovel test, it received highest honors because it held up perfectly to being stepped on with a ski boot — the most important part of avalanche rescue, as most of you know, is stepping on the shovel with your ski boots.

Spooner used as boot spoiler takes you to flex 1130, in other words, your boots will go to eleven!

Spooner used as boot spoiler takes you to flex 1130, in other words, your boots will go to eleven!

With a quick mod, Spooner takes your heel lifters to eleven as well. This has been popular in the Wasatch.

With a quick mod, Spooner takes your heel lifters to eleven as well. You’ll need two, but doing avalanche rescue with a Spooner in each hand is proving to be best ever. This has been popular in the Wasatch, while an Austrian mountain guide I showed this to just laughed, said something like “Americaner” then swiped my Spooners to use for sculpting skin track kick turns for his clients.

Try this with your old out-of-date avalanche rescue shovel.

Try this with your old out-of-date avalanche rescue shovel. Spooner fits adjustment slot in major brand ski touring bindings.

Gotta go? Dig yourself a Spooner hole!

Gotta go? Dig yourself a Spooner hole! I don’t think we’ve ever found an item of equipment as multi-purpose as the Spooner!

I'm told Spooner is the only TUV certified avalanche rescue shovel to ever exist,  ISO standard 11241.

I’m told Spooner is the only TUV certified avalanche rescue shovel to ever exist, they used ISO standard 11241 — impressive as each Spooner is sold with this retail seal of authenticity. Nothing fake here.

6.4GHz directional  antenna booster for BSA radios extends range 5X.

The Spooner can easily be transformed into a 6.4GHz directional antenna booster for BSA radios and extends range 5X; one meter Coax works best. Additionally, with a flick of the wrist, the ‘Boost Spooner’ will drop Wi-Fi controlled drones right out of the sky. It detects the drone’s access Wi-Fi address, telnets to the drone’s default gateway point, scrambles all photographic images and shuts down the system without the pilot knowing the source.

Spooner can also double as a spoon.

Spooner can also double as a spoon, though lexan spoons are much lighter.

Spooners provide hut entertainment: Fred Friction playing spoons, Frau Gert assisting.

Available in a collector’s edition in antibacterial sterling silver, or practical stainless steel, please shop our affiliate links for the Spooner.

Stop the presses. BSA says they’ll be giving away 2,500 Spooners to the first people who Like their Facebook.


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21 Responses to “TUV Certified New Avalanche Shovel from BSA – Game Changer”

  1. RMwinston April 1st, 2017 8:04 am

    Last width?

  2. billraston April 1st, 2017 8:05 am

    This type of technical review is why I check Wild Snow with my coffee every morning.

  3. ATking April 1st, 2017 8:06 am

    Typical Dynafit bias, clear you pander to your advertisers, I’m going elsewhere.

  4. jillbwarren April 1st, 2017 8:07 am

    You forgot to include the BSL, do you have it for size 25.5?

  5. jim42 April 1st, 2017 8:09 am

    I can’t believe you mention snow blowers, what is happening to Wild Snow?!

  6. Leon Sendmuller April 1st, 2017 8:12 am

    Thanks for the comments folks, the snowblower is just something to compare, by no means would we advocate ever using one!

    Jill, BSL for the Spooner is 17.


  7. gerald April 1st, 2017 8:18 am

    I’ve been waiting years for a DIN shovel. DIN certified ski bindings are so incredible, a shovel that performs to the same standards would be amazing.

  8. frankbsa April 1st, 2017 8:24 am

    Hi Everyone, Frank from BSA here,

    I just want to clarify that the silver we use for the premium Spooner is mined with 100% human power.

    The shovel is available in different BSLs and last widths for different size people. Check our website for details.


  9. Wookie April 1st, 2017 8:38 am

    Is the spooner available in both adjustable and fixed shafts? I don’t think I could ever happily tour with a fixed length spooner.

  10. See April 1st, 2017 8:40 am

    Sure the Spooner’s stainless steel construction is damper, but the titanium spork tech shovel is a full 50 g lighter. Of course, we need more data before we can draw any meaningful conclusions.

  11. frankbsa April 1st, 2017 8:59 am

    I’ll see if I can get more information to Leon. Apparently he’s in some remote location getting more information about the ethics of human powered mining. Frank

  12. Alex April 1st, 2017 9:02 am

    Hey, Just wondering if its ISMF certified for skimo comps? ….seems like it could really open the door to us mortals finally having a shot at a sub 8hrs Grand Traverse finish….

    Also, the spooner has a very interesting progressive shape, I was curious if it could be mounted and used as a ski?

  13. Leslie April 1st, 2017 9:05 am

    The real issue here is global warming. Studies show that digging snow pits proportionately affects global warming relative to the size of the hole being dug. Smaller indentations made by the Spooner could have significant impacts to making backcountry ski touring carbon neutral.

  14. Lou Dawson 2 April 1st, 2017 9:08 am

    Hi Alex, Leon should have checked into the ISMF cert, but if the shovel is TUV certified to DIN standards, as well as ISO, it should be good for ISMF as well as CE, me thinks?

    I’ve heard of it being used as a ski, as well as used by trail runners to “shovel sled” down snow descents. Very efficient, though hard on your sacroiliac region.


  15. Lou Dawson 2 April 1st, 2017 9:10 am

    Leslie, Leon had a bunch of stuff in there about GW. I edited it all out as we didn’t want to go too political on this. But thanks for bringing up the subject. Smaller indentations are indeed a part of carbon production mitigation, though in my opinion the Spooner has more applications in the area of adaptation, such as building snow trails at dry trailheads. Lou

  16. Leslie April 1st, 2017 9:11 am

    P.S. Frau Gert cooks a mean schnitzel. I know.

  17. Larry April 1st, 2017 9:23 am

    I’ll be anxious to get my hands on one of those new packs with the Spooner pocket.

  18. Dan April 1st, 2017 2:05 pm

    Totally rigged. Fake news, SAD.

  19. Lou Dawson 2 April 1st, 2017 2:51 pm

    Wookie, the adjustable Spooner will be available in the fall.

  20. MIke April 1st, 2017 4:57 pm

    66 grams, I’m sure we will be hearing from Lou about how it is entirely too heavy!

  21. Lisa Dawson April 1st, 2017 6:42 pm

    Mike, duly noted. We couldn’t mention it earlier because we were sworn to honor BSA’s publication embargo. But, Lou received a prototype for the Spooner last year and it lacked the speed slots. Lou used his muscle to insist on the slots or else no review on WildSnow; it just wouldn’t have met our standards. We’re curious to see where See’s titanium suggestion goes. I believe there’s a provision in the patent for alternate materials.

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