Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2005 11:13 am Posts: 89 Location: deep on the the west shore
all i can say is my 5 year old broke one last winter.. no joke. my wife says hey look it says life time warranty she sent it back and they sent out a new one, i put it right back in the hands of my now 6 yr old. if it ever snows ill let you know how it works out.
I'm split on this one. I carry a plastic shovel for my sidecountry/inbounds riding because that pack doesn't have much in it and it's more comfortable to fall on a blade that flexes. I carry a metal shovel in my bigger pack that I use for touring. There is more padding between me and the shovel so I can't feel it if I fall. I've never broken a plastic blade and have used then a lot. I have bent several metal blades. My room mate has a broken Life-link in our gear room but I don't know the story behind it. I've bent plenty of shafts on both types of shovels.
I think the biggest problem with lexan is going to be with temperature and since I'm in the NW I never have to worry about it dropping below 15F or so. I'll stick to the system that I use.
I remember Stevens Pass BC was below 15 around New Year's Eve 2010 - 2011, so it does get cold here too.
I carry a metal shovel. Hope I never need to use it in an emergency, but still.
Haha, below 15 isn't cold, 15 below is cold. In the NW it usually doesn't drop below the teens but in other places I've been as low as -40 (C or F, take your choice. ) and stuff starts doing weird things when at those temps. That said, I do carry an aluminum bladed shovel in my touring pack.