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AAA Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel: Review

Review of the AAA Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel

The AAA Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel had 1,260 customer comments and 34 answered questions on Amazon as of this writing.  I've read through the feedback left by customers and condensed the results into this report.  I hope that this helps you when choosing a shovel that's going to get the job done for you.

Best Features

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    ​Compact size
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    Lightweight
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    Colors
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    Easy to take apart 

Item Specifics

The AAA Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel  is made for inclement weather. This shovel comes in three, bright and easy to see colors to help prevent you from losing them.  The color choices are blue, red and gold. This sport utility shovel easily disassembles into three pieces for easy storage and portability.  It is the perfect size to store in your car, SUV or recreational activity vehicle, or to carry along with you in your backpack.  This shovel is  constructed from lightweight, durable, high-quality aluminum.  It weighs just 1.3 pounds.

Compact Size Is a Plus

Many people who bought this shovel bought it for the size.  Because it can disassemble into three pieces, this shovel can fit just about anywhere.  One customer talked about how he does not have much storage room in his apartment for a large shovel.  The AAA Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel is perfect for individuals like this.

Here is what he said, "Amazing little shovel!  I just used this to dig out my car after snowstorm Jonas.  While it's a bit smaller than a standard shovel-both the scoop and the arm, it's aluminum and extremely sturdy!  I was able to lift lots of wet, heavy snow with no problem at all.  The fact that it comes apart and can be easily stored makes it convenient to keep in the trunk or in a closet in your home (I live in an apartment and lack storage space so this is huge!).  I'd highly recommend this to anyone without any reservation at all!"

Lightweight

This is a nice lightweight shovel great for if you will be carrying it with you.  Backpackers especially like it as do snowmobilers.  A backpacker talks about it's lightweight feature, " The all aluminum construction is lightweight and durable.  It packs up small and is easily assembled.  I also carry one of these when I am doing winter backpacking.  It is light and easily stores inside or outside my pack.  I have dug several snow shelters with it and it works great."

Low Price; Not the Highest Quality but Should Get Small Jobs Done

You really can't beat the price of the AAA Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel.  It's definitely not a very high quality shovel, but for a lot of people it got the job done.  Customers have warned to not take it in replace of a higher quality shovel if you will be in life threatening situations.  It's not an avalanche shovel nor should it be relied on for heavy digging.

If I could take all of the price comments and sum up what people were saying, it would be that it's not as well made as the more expensive shovels, but for the price it is good.  Here is one of many similar comments about the price, "This is a great shovel for the price.  While there are better shovels, you won't find them at this price range."

Not Made for Heavy Snow, Ice, or Prying

This shovel is good for some things but not others.   It is not made to handle heavy snow, nor ice.  It also not made for shoveling anything of much weight.  A common complaint and also suggestion that customers left, was that people should not buy this shovel to be used for heavy duty shoveling.  It could and has easily snapped when people have tried to use it for heavy shoveling jobs.

A customer commented this, "This was a great little shovel that I kept in my car for emergencies. I can't deny that it was a nice size and a good price.  Thank God I didn't have an emergency, though!  I decided to try it out for some casual digging in the snow and it snapped in about 30 min - where the blade meets the handle.  It appears to be great for any vertical slicing, but forget about scooping or prying anything but light, fluffy powder!"

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Pros

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    Compact and disassembles easily into 3 pieces
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    Lightweight
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    Low price

Cons

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    Not made for heavy work 
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    Can snap off easily at the places where the pieces go together

AAA Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel Conclusion

The AAA Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel is a handy and compact shovel that is low priced in comparison to higher quality compact shovels.  Many people bought it for the low price.  While it will shovel out snow, it's not going to do a good job for you if the snow is heavy.  It also won't break up ice nor pry very well.  People have reported it breaking easy when they asked too much of it.  If you are wanting a low priced shovel to take backpacking or to carry in your vehicle it really is going to be hard to beat this price.

Common Questions

Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying an AAA Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel

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    Seeking a mountaineering snow shovel, the specifications & popularity interest me. But is it appropriate for, say, avalanche rescue?  As answered by a customer:  I watched one of these snap in two during an avalanche safety class last weekend (while being used in a normal snowpack, not even in avalanche debris!). This is NOT an appropriate avalanche rescue shovel.
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    What is the measurement of the largest piece when broken down?  The measurements broken down into parts are: Shovel 9x13.5, Black section 1.25x13.5, Top section 1.2x9 and Handel. 4.25.
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    Can you tell me the width of the shovel blade? National Park Service regulations require at least 6 inches.  The width of the blade of the shovel is 8.5 inches.
Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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