|Backcountry Access B2 Extendable Shovel||$46.71|
|Backcountry Access B1 Shovel||$38.21 - $59.99|
It's one of those items you hope you never have to use for its intended purpose. Still though, I've carried this all season for digging pits, helping move snow in an injury situation and of course, if the awful happens. It packs well into a bag thanks to the handle coming all the way off. The blade is not huge, but if you need to carry a shovel for those 'just in case' moments this is the one. If you need a shovel for building jumps or lots of avy instruction training, I'd go bigger.
This shovel is awesome because not only does it work but it is light and compact. When you pack you bags to get into the backcountry no longer will your shovel take up all the room on your outer straps. This will be nice compact and sturdy. The best is the new weld less connection point to help strengthen the shovels life. I have not had any issues with the Pin falling out!
I have been using this shovel all season. I think that those who want a small light shovel for going to a longer tour will really like this. If you are going to be building jumps or slackcountry I would get a bigger blade. The one downside is I seem to get the handle stuck in the blade after I have been digging.
I love the blade on the BCA bomber shovels because they are more packable than other shovels I have used. The ferrule of the shovel blade is actually welded to the blade itself, which makes it really burly. They are also lighter for their size in comparison to most other avalanche shovels.
I used this shovel digging a snow cave with the kids. The snow was piled up by a truck and was hard and very icy. This shovel did the job perfectly.
Besides, it is light, easy to assemble and space eficent when you strap up for backcountry.
The best aspect of this shovel is that when collapsed, it fits perfectly on the exterior clamps on my pack. Save time pulling it out of the pack. May take a little bit more labor on the dig, but save time on access.
Great light option for a shovel. I compared it to the Black Diamond and the orthovox comparable options and this was the lightest most compact unit. The actual blade was not bad at all it just packed up nice.
It is lightweight and very compact, but the shovel itself is a little small. Luckily I haven't had to use it to seriously dig, but I think I would go with something a bit bigger.
The lower spring loaded pin assembly fell out of the handle, making the shovel unusable.