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It’s an underrated tool, the snow shovel. You don’t think about it much until, fuck, it’s snowing outside and outside is where you have to go to get to the car. And then you’re rummaging around the corners of the garage, trying to find that cheap-o plastic snow shovel you bought at the drug store in a panic four winters ago—the one that has a loose handle and is slightly akimbo after you backed over it that one time. It sorta does the job, though at the expense of your lower back and shoulders. Then, it’s back to the corner of the garage, where you won’t think about it again until, fuck, it’s snowing outside.
This winter, do yourself one better. Get a shovel that’s, like, cool. And strong. Like DMOS Collective’s Stealth Shovel, which is billed as a multi-purpose tool for moving snow, dirt, sand, and whatever else is in your way—and which lends itself perfectly to stowing in your car, thanks to its very smart design.
It’s handy as hell, at home or on the road.
When in true shovel form, the Stealth shovel extends almost five feet long at its max length; there are two shorter settings, as well. But you can’t put a five-foot-long shovel in the trunk or behind the passenger seat or on the back of an ATV. So DMOS made sure the Stealth could be broken down small, like you see above. The handle comes off, indexes down into itself, then fits snuggly back into the space in the head. Simple. Brilliant. (And if you are city-bound like most of the Esquire staff, but still need a shovel for the front stoop, you know that space-saving feature is a blessing for apartment living.) It’s pretty dang easy to construct and deconstruct it, too—it only takes us but a moment.
It’s strong. Really strong.
Remember that whole debacle with your cheap plastic shovel being incapable of withstanding even a medium heap of snow? Not so with the Stealth. DMOS says it can hold against 3,886 pounds of force, which we did not personally put to the test, but believe anyway. And those teeth were built to claw through ice and hard-packed snow to quickly clear a path for car wheels or human feet. Despite the hardware, it only weighs 3.5 pounds.
You like accessories? There are accessories.
The Stealth shovel, besides being more than capable of handling a snowy driveway, is useful for clearing up campsites, prepping a beach for a bonfire, even stepping in as an emergency avalanche shovel. And if you’re the type of person who likes camping, beach days, and snow adventures, then you probably like gear that comes with sub-gear to make the gear all that much better. DMOS has that. There are bags to hold the shovel, like the one here, as well as vehicle mounts and roadside safety kits. Stock up. You’re a shovel gearhead now, and this is a shovel you won’t be misplacing or breaking anytime soon.