MSR® Shovels Engineered to Move Snow Fast

MSR Operator Extended Profile  © MSR
The MSR Operator and Responder side-by-side
MSR combined uncompromising 6061-T6 aluminum with optimized ergonomics for unparalleled efficiency in three new shovels: the Operator™ T, Operator™ D, and Responder™ shovels. From their aggressive, precision-designed blades to their rapid-deploy shafts and meticulously engineered handles, MSR refined every detail.

“We built these shovels for recreational to pro-level skiers, guides and patrollers so they could shovel harder and faster without wasting energy. All three share a forward-thinking construction that maximizes strength, speed, weight-savings, and performance,” said Chris Parkhurst, vice president of MSR. “The designs are built with a serrated edge, as opposed to a round or triangular blade, to create a more stable and powerful chopping surface. We also engineered angular sidewalls to ensure skiers and snowboarders can capture firm snow blocks to move more snow faster.”

Each shovel is built with a high-strength neckless blade for addeddurability and packability as well as a rapid-deploy, tri-lobe-shaped shaft that prevents rotation, allowing instant, hassle-free deployment. For added
versatility, each shovel’s upper shaft has the ability to click
directly into the blade for a more compact design.


MSR Operator T Shovel  © MSR
MSR Operator T Shovel

Built as a basecamp and backcountry shovel, the Operator T’s large blade is engineered for digging professional snow pits and constructing wind barricades and shelter walls. The blade’s 40-degree angle to the shaft maximizes scooping and transferring. The compact, ergonomic T-handle is built to perform like a D-handle, providing users a more comfortable and effective fit.

Unique features:

  • Large blade angled for scooping
  • Ergonomic, low-profile T-handle


MSR Operator D Shovel  © MSR
MSR Operator D Shovel

The Operator D shovel swaps out the T-handle for the more utilitarian D-handle. The specialized, ergonomic handle is built for the biggest jobs—from building kickers to snow caves—when grip and maximum leverage trump a more compact handle.

Unique features:

  • Large blade angled for scooping
  • Utilitarian D-handle



MSR Responder Shovel  © MSR
MSR Responder Shovel

The Responder shovel’s ultra-compact blade features a reduced, 30 degree scooping angle for ultimate packability in a backcountry or sidecountry pack. The shovel’s flat back shaves snow pit walls smooth while its vivid yellow color ensures it remains visible during whiteouts. The blade’s serrated edge cuts through cement-like debris while the shovel’s straighter blade-to-shaft geometry excels at chopping and paddling away snow in confined spaces or during burial rescues.

Unique features:

  • Ultra-packable, compact blade
  • Ergonomic, low-profile T-handle

The new MSR shovels will be available at retail stores in August 2014.

About MSR® (Mountain Safety Research®)

Seattle-based MSR has been engineering standard-setting high-performance outdoor equipment since 1969. A commitment to quality manufacturing and innovation ensures customers are outfitted with the finest, most reliable gear available for outdoor adventures. MSR product lines include: stoves, fuel, cookware, water treatment and hydration systems, shelters, snowshoes, snow tools, and backcountry poles.  The majority of MSR products are made in the company’s Seattle, U.S.A. and Cork, Ireland manufacturing facilities. For more information, visit



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18 Jul, 2014
I had the pleasure of using one of these tools yesterday in the High Peak. They're absolutely fantastic and I'm pleased to say that I now have the most snow-free driveway in the area.
18 Jul, 2014
Is Kinder Downfall in then? First of this year !!!
18 Jul, 2014
Snow shovel designed to shovel snow!
18 Jul, 2014
Kudos to MSR for press releasing a new snow shovel on the hottest day of the year.
22 Jul, 2014
aye but what we really need to know is.... how good are they as a sledge when you can't be arsed walking down hill any more?
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