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Just what the sledneck, ski mountaineer, and backcountry powder glutton ordered.

Whether you're brrraaaapppp, braaappppping on your snow machine, skinning up the track, or rappelling into a couloir, the Backcountry Access Dozer Hoe Shovel with D2 EXT Blade digs like no other thanks to its hoe shovel design that easily converts into a traditional shovel.

  • Effective hoe shovel design lets you dig like a machine, while its slip-proof shaft and blade grips give you a solid handle on things
  • 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
  • Converts easily to a traditional shovel
  • 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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4 5

Burly Shovel

Dozer style shovels have been around, but the BCA D2 EXT is a step above some of the other earlier iterations. The shovel packs down to two pieces to stashing in the pack tools pocket, but is a slightly larger profile than say the BD Deploy 3. Bigger shovel profile = Moving more snow faster. Its incredible how much snow you can move quickly in dozer mode, be it digging a pit, running practice drills, or digging your car out of the parking lot at the end of a powder day. I have not had to use the product in a real rescue situation but it is incredibly sturdy and I have full confidence it would perform very well in avalanche debris.

My only knocks would be the weight and the fact that early in use it was fairly easy to get the handle portion caught in-between sliding on the shaft and locked into position. After some wrestling I worked the handle back in place, but it did result in some cold hands.

5 5

amazing shovel!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this shovel all season, the hoe mode is great for digging pits and for digging in powder, while the standard shovel mode is great for digging in firmer conditions. While skiing in a very steep couloir with lots of cliffs I had to climb back up to the top due to a cliff, which is usually all right because I have my ice axe but the snow was too deep and soft to use the axe, I discovered that when in hoe mode it can be used to climb up very steep slopes.

 BCA Dozer Shovel

BCA Dozer Shovel

Shaft End Detail.
Note-I really like that the end of shaft is plugged so that snow doesn't enter and interfere with the locking pins

5 5

Up your arsenal!

This is a great multipurpose shovel. If you are planning on using it for touring, make sure to give yourself time at home to learn how to properly adjust your shovel. It took me a few try's to get the hang of how to transform the shovel back and forth, but definitely worth the time! I found this shovel is great for digging pits and clearing snow.

5 5

I love this Hoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just got the Backcountry Access Dozer Hoe Shovel, and it is awesome. It has all the features of a normal avy shovel, large durable metal blade, extendable handle. It also has the ability to attach the shovel to the handle to form a hoe, which is great for moving a lot of snow fast. This thing is versatile and awesome!

5 5

Sick shovel

I really didn't think the Hoe mode was going to make a difference with shoveling but after I used my buddy's Dozer I had to have one. You can move a lot more snow compared to a traditional shovel and its sweet for digging pits. You can sweep/drag the snow away in one motion, which conserves energy and moves snow more effectively.

5 5

Great addition to the arsenal

Great shovel; awesome hoe. Moves alot of snow quickly. Highly recommended. Set up/assembly and reconfigure very quick and intuitive. The second handle at the blade makes for ergonomic and efficient use. The time you save moving more snow more than makes up the few seconds it takes you to set up or convert. But with any tool used in life or death situations practice before you place yourself in an environment conducive to use.

I bet we see more of these hit the market.

5 5

Great for Sledding

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have not used this shovel to dig into an avalanche and hope I never have to. However, I have used it a few times this season to dig out my snowmobile when I got stuck. I got to say this thing is awesome for moving a lot of snow FAST with the hoe feature. The initial setup is quick in either orientation. I have found that it can kind of "stick" when switching between hoe and shovel and vice versa but not bad. I've had to chop into some pretty solid wind blown snow and the hoe worked really well for this. I would highly recommend this for snowmobilers for digging out.