Hello! I have been using my avalanche gear for a second of season now and have had a problem with my shovel. I am sure it is a problem with many mid or low range shovels At the back where the handle connects to the face, the connecting piece has cracked. If i continued to use it, it would probably snap.
I have only practiced a little and built a handful of jumps with this one, so it shouldn't break after that amount of usage.
My model is ortovox beast. Let us know if any others have the same issue.
This is just a heads up so if you look for one, make sure you look out for a strong connection at the back.