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Act like the stealth snow ninja you were born to be with a little help from the Backcountry Access Arsenal Shovel EXT with A2 Blade and 28cm Saw. BCA cleverly stashed the 28cm Saw in the Arsenal's shaft and built it so that the shovel can function when the saw is in use—you know, for testing the snow or fending off killer snow bunnies.

  • Clever system allows you to slide the 28cm snow saw right from the T-grip handle without disassembling your shovel
  • Tough-as-nails aluminum shovel blade offers a high strength-to-weight ratio so you can depend on the construction when lives are on the line
  • Shovel's extendable shaft gives you the extra reach and leverage for fast digging, and it easily collapses for even easier attachment to your pack once you're on the move again
  • Oval shaft with a 'ferrule-less' blade, ergonomic grip, and T6 heat treatment offers a more packable, bombproof shovel
  • T-grip can be looped through and worn without a pack with user-supplied webbing or rope
  • Pre-punched holes in the shovel blade make it simple to set up a sturdy snow anchor or emergency litter

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Mix and Match BCA

Mix and Match BCA

The heads and shafts of BCA shovels are interchangeable.

Here I've left the Arsenal blade for the smaller blade of the B1.

Is this saw strong enough and long enough to be used for ice block cutting, etc. on Denali?


Everyday Shovel

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This shovel is part of my everyday backcountry pack. It's strong and easy to put together, but is very light. Therefore, I can still feel like myself when I am skiing and not worry about pack weight when I am throwing tricks here and there.


Whats in you Arsenal

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

The Arsenal shovel ext with A2 blade is what you want. Not only can it move a lot of snow with ease, it allows you to have a saw on you at all times without taking up extra room in your pack. The saw is great for conducting snow study tests, but is also extremely convenient when you or your buddy raps your sled around a tree. It saved me hours of digging and hard work multiple times this season thus far. It breaks down nicely and fits in your Float or Stash pack like it should. Very light weight, durable, reliable tool for all your expeditions. A must have if you take your days serious, and by serious I mean having fun with the right tools. Best regards.

Benny Schmitt


Nice little saw

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

The saw is a nice extra. I have used this shovel saw combo many times to dig my snowmobile out and remove debris from the trails. The shovel is very sturdy.

Unanswered Question

what is the difference between this shovel...

what is the difference between this shovel and the 11/12 model?

Are the shafts of the BCA Arsenal and...

Are the shafts of the BCA Arsenal and Bomber shovels interchangeable?

Best Answer

Yes they are!

I was just speaking with the company about purchasing the shaft only from them, as my bomber shovel bent so much that I can't open it.


Awesome item

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

This is a great item. I actually got it primarily for camping (firepit digging, and cutting firewood with the saw) as I use the arsenal with the probe for backcountry. That being said, it's great to know that I now have a spare shovel to take in the pow should the worst case happen.

Are the shafts of the Arsenal shovels...

Are the shafts of the Arsenal shovels compatible with the Bomber shovels? I'm trying to get a few different combos out of 2 shovels

Best Answer

Just curious what combos could you make?

they are interchangeable.

I've got a B-1 with a probe, not extendable. I'd rather have a larger blade for a short handle and longer handle small blade and not have to carry an extra saw. All the while having a loaner or spare parts.


Great Shovel

    This is by far the most effective shovel i have used. The blade is big enough to move snow fast and is great for building jumps in the backcountry. The saw blade is plenty strong to use for cutting down branches to make shelter or clear a path. Super light weight without the saw in the handle. I would reccomend this for anyone who gets in the backcountry for saftey as well as building!

    What good is a 28cm saw when columns for...

    What good is a 28cm saw when columns for CT need be 30x30cm or 30x90 for ECT (unless I have those wrong?)

    Totally agree johp165821. I checked this out at the shop yesterday and put it down immediately when I realized the saw was only 28cm. Any saw useful for snow study should be at least 30cm. Disappointed in BCA for this.