The first time I used my DMOS Delta Shovel was on the Rebelle Rally, changing a tire on the Rolls Royce Cullinan on the side of the road. The jacking points did not account for the suspension droop and we found that while the flat tire came off easily, we would have to dig in the hard pack to make room to get the inflated spare tire on. The 12-gauge steel spade blade made it easy to punch through the rocky dirt of rough terrain, and the adjustable length meant my navigator could use her shovel with a shorter handle and dig from a lower position, while I could extend the Delta to the full 51 inches and dig while standing, taking advantage of the wide, 2-inch foot pad for extra grunt.
It's been nearly three full months since many states issued shelter-in-place laws due to the coronavirus pandemic. You may or may not have been able to see Dad since then. Well, Father's Day is coming up fast (it's tomorrow!), and it's a great time to remind him he's one of your favorite people.
THE 'DELTA ELITE' SURVIVAL SHOVEL IS FOR DISCERNING DIGGERS ONLY
The humble shovel may have reached peak evolution in the form of the new Delta Elite survival tool by DMOS (Do My Own Shit).
Aimed to be serve "only the most discerning diggers," the ultra-versatile multi-tool boasts an 6061 aluminum and 12-gauge cold-rolled steel construction. The spade-style blade is attached to a connector that allows it to be set up as a hoe and a shovel or collapsed into "stow" mode.
The world, it seems, is slowly coming apart at the seams over a virus that somehow manages to simultaneously elicit extreme overreactions and calamitous underreactions. I’m not here to tell you how to survive the COVID-19 pandemic (wash your damn hands), but given the crazed runs on Costco beans and rice, it might be a good time to reflect on more general survival preparation.
Seven days and 2,300 miles after leaving our home in Bozeman, Montana, my fiancée, Virginia, I and just arrived in Todos Santos, at the southern end of Mexico’s Baja peninsula for our wedding. The truck we drove down carried us and our three large dogs in comfort, through challenging conditions both on-road and off, as we camped along the way. But it’s not just big, exciting trips that this truck is good at. Let me explain why this Ford Ranger build is so uniquely good that it’s good at everything.
HOW A FEMALE FOUNDER IS TAKING A MAN'S NICHE PRODUCT MAINSTREAM
Susan Pieper noticed that snow and gardening shovels broke when her son, a backcountry skier, snowboarder and mountaineer, used them on his adventures in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, an outdoor wonderland. Pieper decided to develop a shovel that was durable, big enough for real work, portable (fits on a snowmobile) and innovative — such as teeth to break through ice.
THIS IS THE SHOVEL TO BEAT ALL SHOVELS— COME SNOW, DIRT, SAND, OR ICE
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.
THE FIVE TOOLS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE ON HAND FOR CLEARING SNO
A few days ago, as I groggily prepared breakfast for my two kids, my toddler began to excitedly tap on the back doors, saying “Snow, snow!”
“No, Scarlett,” I said confidently. “It didn’t snow.” I knew that because I’d dutifully checked my weather app before bed and it hadn’t called for snow. As it turned out, her eyes were more accurate than my app.
10 HELPFUL PRODUCTS FOR TACKLING COLD WEATHER TASKS
Wintertime can be truly magical thanks to festive cheer and picturesque snow. But winter also comes with some not-so-fun home tasks.
"HouseSmarts” host Lou Manfredini visited TODAY to show us how we can prep and tackle those troublesome chores that surface during the colder months. From indoor heat helpers to innovative snow scrapers, you'll be ready for anything when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Shoveling snow is a task few people enjoy, but with the right snow shovel, removing snow from your stoop, driveway, deck, and walkways need not be a daunting chore. With proper shoveling technique on your part, even a decent shovel will make the process faster and easier, while reducing the chance of injury.
2012 WRANGLER UNLIMITED RUBICON ROCKLANDER GOES WHERE IT WANTS
Rockcrawlers and overlanders seem like they might be two completely different branches of the off-road enthusiast tree. One enjoys tackling difficult trail obstacles, and therefore builds a rig that has as much wheel travel and axle articulation as possible, with low gearing to creep over big rocks. The other seeks to travel dirt roads and off-road trails deep into the wilds, explores new places, and camps independently under the stars. These rigs are built for long-distance travel, with enhanced overnighting and livability upgrades.
Whether you’re a soldier, a survivalist, or snow-savvy driver, there’s a good chance you have an entrenching tool (e-tool). And there’s a good chance it’s almost nothing like the DMOS Collective Delta Shovel. This brilliant feat of engineering gives you (among other benefits) a 3mm-thick aluminum blade that’s 11 inches wide — almost twice as wide as a traditional e-tool. Its three-position connector lets you transform it into a hoe or collapse it completely for stowing. Above that is the three-part telescoping anodized aluminum shaft, which can extend to 51 inches — providing more length and leverage than most foldable shovels. The Delta is available with a cold-rolled steel blade for the same price, though that version clocks in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Whether you’re digging a foxhole, a poop hole, or a way to get your tires unstuck, the Delta Shovel can work wonders while in use and collapse to a manageable size when not in action.
DMOS DELTA OVERLANDING SHOVEL REVIEW: USED & ABUSED
We haven’t had much time with this DMOS shovel, but we’ve been able to play with a prototype for a few months now. We also took this production unit out and beat on it hard, putting it through stresses that it honestly isn’t likely to see under normal use. But hey, that’s why they call it testing!
In what seems like in a blink of the eye, DMOS busted onto the off-road scene with their well-liked Alpha and Stealth shovels, appearing all over the place, on all the cool rigs on the trail and on your social feed. The compact, folding shovel did everything that an overlander needed it to and stored away compactly until needed. And they are back at it again innovating the way we look at digging and the tools that we do it with the newest addition, the DMOS Delta Shovel.
MODULAR DMOS SURVIVAL SHOVEL PACKS SMALL BUT MUSCLES YOU OUT OF TROUBLE
You don't really need a shovel until you really need a shovel. So taking up a third of your car roof with a man-height ditch digger's shovel doesn't make much sense ... that is, until you find yourself spinning tires helplessly in three feet of snow or mud. The shovel experts at Jackson, Wyoming-based DMOS Collective present a better way to stay prepared: a near-unbreakable spade that telescopes and folds, easily clasping to your car roof, spare tire or even shoulders. When it's time to break ground, the new Delta Shovel grows into a full-length T-handle that can pile on more pounds of dirt and rock than you'll care to ever toss over a shoulder.
There are some things overlanders shouldn’t leave home without: a jack, spare tire, lug wrench, and medical kit, for example. But out of all the tools you should be carrying, the shovel seems to receive the least consideration despite being one of the most used. That’s something DMOS set out to change with their line of lightweight, compact “pro shovels.” They started with the Stealth, which was designed to pack up easily into your trunk or mount to your spare tire or roof rack. Squared off with big teeth to bite through ice and a collapsed size far more compact than its competition, it quickly won awards and the loyalty of customers. Unfortunately, it was better suited to shoveling snow rather than year-round use, which is why DMOS recently unveiled the Delta shovel, their all-season model. With the popularity of the Stealth, we knew we needed to check the Delta out as soon as possible, so we borrowed a prototype and set to work.
STRONG AND PORTABLE, THE STEALTH SHOVEL IS A WINTER ROAD TRIP ESSENTIAL
Anyone used to driving on winter roads knows that treacherous conditions are part of the deal. Icy roads, heavy snow, and white out conditions can put even the most prepared vehicle to the test. At some point everyone ends up somewhere they can’t just drive out of, whether it be a ditch or maybe just a snowed-in parking spot. That's why a shovel lives in my trunk all season long. The DMOS Stealth Shovel is designed for this purpose and has quickly become an essential part of my winter survival kit.
DO YOU LIVE IN A SNOWPOCALYPSE? THE ALPHA SHOVEL MAKES LIFE A BIT EASIER
They say there is no point reinventing the wheel but some simple tools are just begging for innovation. The latest of these comes from a Kickstarter campaign for the Alpha Shovel, a snow shovel redesign by DMOS Collective out of Jackson, Wyoming.
DMOS has a history of reinventing equipment. With the Stealth Shovel, DMOS earned a dedicated following of snow-sports enthusiasts. The light tool was designed to be compact enough to carry, adaptable enough to suit the situation, and rugged enough to get the job done. But the Stealth Shovel was small and geared toward sports, and customers wanted more.
When it is time for adventure, the Stealth Shovel converts into a packable unit that fits into every backcountry ski pack we tested. And at 3.3 pounds, it doesn’t weigh much more than a full water bottle. You might even want a Stealth Shovel for the field and to excavate your car from that next snow storm.
Now pushing 30 years old, my mom would not be too excited that I'm deliberately using my free time to build jumps to throw my body off of, but alas, when you have a fresh hip-deep landing to tumble yourself down onto, it seems like a safer idea. So it was when a bunch of us TGR office hacks headed up Teton Pass to throw a bunch of snow into a pile and try to teach ourselves some new stunts by flying off the top of it. We brought the DMOS Collective Stealth Shovel, a new tool developed by a Jackson-based group designed specifically for jump building, out for a test run, too.