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SMC Snow Anchor

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SMC Snow Anchor
2 out of 5 based on 1 user reviews.

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Review by UltraApple on Feb. 11, 2011
This is a light weight snow anchor. You can use it dynamically(pushed into the snow) or statically(buried as a deadman). When used dynamically it is designed to dig in deeper when pulled on. In the right situation this could be a life saver. However the safer way to use it is as a deadman.
If you intend on using it as a dynamic anchor you really need to practice.

I have tested the device in many different snow conditions and found that if the fluke hits an air pocket in the snow it may pop out. If you burry it as a dead man it performs as expected. This is assuming a single point anchor which is unrealistic in most situations.
Either way caution should be used with this anchor.

Using it as a deadman is in my opinion a waste as a picket would be more versatile in that situation.
Snow claw guide with some webbing is cheaper and more versatile. While not a snow shovel replacement its nice to have at camp and with webbing it is an extremely strong deadman anchor.
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