I love everything about my current shovel but the weight. My current shovel is the Anaconda NX-6, and even though it’s advertised at 4.92 pounds mine clocks in at 5.87 pounds. It is built like an absolute tank, but after 5 hours of detecting I’m kind of wore out lugging it aroud.
I really wanted to get a Predator Phoenix, because it’s both light and I’ve heard numerous people rave about the curved blade shape, but it was simply too short for me. I think it’s 33", and I’m 6’4" and that’s just too much bending for me over a long hunt. Well, I just disovered from a random YouTube video that Predator Tools makes a longer handled shovel with that same exact blade design, called the Hurricaine. If it’s at it’s advertised 3 pounds it will also save me 3 pounds and get me 2" of legnth from what I’m currently using. Pricey, but if it lasts as long as people say and my Anaconda it will be worth it.