The Backcountry Access B52 Shovel is a big, bad digging machine meant to build kickers or extract your friends from an avalanche. The wide, durable, lightweight shovel and ergonomic grip let you scoop up massive amounts of snow way faster than the tiny little shovel your bro brought along. The B-52 was formerly known as the Chugach Pro Shovel.
What makes the B-52 shovel so strong?
BCA designs their shovels to be the lightest and the strongest shovels on the market. Bomber shovels are made of 6061 aluminum alloy which is the same material commonly used in the construction of airplanes and bike frames. The oval shaft design helps disperse the stress forced on the shaft when lifting or moving heavy material. BCA oval shafts are strongest along the major axis, in this case being the vertical axis that takes on the majority of the load. The ferrule of the shovel blade is welded to the back of the pan for continued strength along this load-bearing axis. The blade is constructed for torsional stability through reliefs that enhance the rigidity. This construction allows the Bomber shovels to have an industry leading strength-to-weight ratio.
Which BCA packs are compatible with this shovel?
The Float 32, Float 22, Float Throttle and Stash packs will fit the B-52. However, the shovel blade and handle do not fit in the designated sleeves, but will fit in the main storage compartment
How does the B-52 compare to the previous years Chugach shovel?
The B-52 is being made with 6061 Aluminum Alloy that is consistent with the rest of the shovel line-up; making it lighter, more packable, and stronger than the Chugach shovel from previous years.
|Assembled collapsed length:||30.5 inches / 77 cm|
|Assembled extended length:||40 inches / 102 cm|
|Blade dimensions:||11 x 13.3 inches / 27.9 x 33.8 cm|
|Handle and shaft collapsed length:||21 inches / 53 cm|
|Handle and shaft extended length:||30.5 inches / 77 cm|
|Material:||6061 T6 Aluminum|
|Weight:||2.1 pounds / 960 grams|
|Backcountry Access Bomber B52 Shovel||$59.95|
This guy does WORK! Very large blade to move a bunch of snow at a time. It's perfect for jump building, but it is a little larger than most would prefer for touring on a regular basis. The blade size can be a pain to fit in a smaller pack. We have an older Dakine model, approx 25L, and this just barely fits in the front pocket (with a squeeze). But for some serious snow-moving business, this model can't be beat. Very easy to assemble and handle. I would absolutely recommend it!
This shovel is a beast and moves a ton of snow. Its really sturdy and I have never worried about it breaking when I'm hard at work building a kicker. The handle makes it really easy to use also. The blade is a bit big and the shovel is heavier than I lot of others but it fits fine in my Dakine pack. I wouldn't trade it for lighter models because If I ever needed to dig my pals out, I would be glad to have this shovel.
The B-52 is a sick shovel if your trying to move a lot of snow. Its a little to large to tour with on a regular basis but if your building jumps or shelters where your moving a lot of snow and shoveling for a long time its the best.