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3 things to look for in a shovel:
Weight. If you're just gonna drag it out to build booters this is obviously less important than if you're lugging it around in a backpack all the time.
D-handle. I don't even know why they make T-handle shovels. 3+ hours of working with a T-handle shovel sucks for your fingers (and is really difficult with mittens).
Shaft length. Like they say, the longer the better.