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    19 Reviews


    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
    • Item #BCA2936

    Tech Specs

    Assembled Length
    [extended hoe] 24.6 in, [extended shovel] 31.9 in
    Blade Dimensions
    10 x 11 in
    Packed Dimensions
    18 in
    Claimed Weight
    2.1 lb
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Winter Camping

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used this shovel to dig Snow Pits, Jumps, making of a snow kitchen, built a quinsy to sleep in, and wilderness first aid. I can say after carrying this in my back pack for many hours and for multiple days out in the backcountry, the sliding handle was cumbersome when not in the Hoe conversion but does what it says when Dozer activated. This thing is the most comfortable digging machine in a small package. I can move more snow quicker than any other shovel I've used. It is a little large by comparison to other shovels but the welds are done right and the plastic is tough in cold conditions. Ice build up did not affect its function at all. If I were in mountain rescue or guiding a group of friends I would want one of these on hand! It will be hard to not have the HOE conversion after using it! Great buy!

    Snow moving machine

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This shovel is awesome and I can't recommend it more, when time is of the essence you're going to want a versatile shovel that can really get the job done, with the regular shovel and hoe mode the D2 is the best way to go. Lightweight packable and useful.

    Multi Use Machine

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Dozer gets it done. Digging snow cave, digging a clean snow pit wall for avalanche observations, digging out your buried buddy, digging out your car, digging an emergency shelter, and more and more... The tough as nails blade gets it done when you gotta blast thru hard pack and the (light) weight & size of the shovel means you will (hopefully) pack it every time. It's easy to take apart and stash in your pack and it's easy and fast to put together with gloves on in an emergency. It's versatility and ease of use have made it my go-to BC shovel.

    Best shovel ever

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have used several shovels in the past. This one is my favorite for many reasons. First I was able to keep the shovel in tact with the shovel head and shaft connected, saving precious moments in a moment of need. The Shovel is also very light weight. The ability to switch from a traditional shovel attachment to a "hoe" style is really awesome. The "hoe" feature enables you to move a lot of snow quickly! The metal is very durable and the handle very comfortable in your hand. Best shovel ever!

    Sledding Shovel

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    When I am out snowmobiling I have a little more room in my pack for a larger shovel. That's why I like to pack the Dozer Hoe when I am sledding. Not only is it a great rescue device, but you can build jumps with it really quick too.

    Careful with the handle

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I took my Dozer up to St. Mary's Glacier in CO to test it out in the snow. The hoe and shovel both worked great at clearing out the snow. The hoe mode and handle at the end while in hoe mode were big reasons for getting this. I dug a pit just to test it out and was quite surprised when the handle broke while using the hoe mode. Looking at the angle, the slanted angle where the plastic handle meets the aluminum shaft seems to be on its shear plane. All I did was give the handle a small lift up to "pop" the snow out. Also, the handle and hook at the end seemed to hurt my hand more than help with grip. My gloves were able to hold it just fine, even without using the end handle. It seemed to also get in the way while shoveling too.

    I lovell my shovell!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is one solid shovel. The hoe/shovel option is especially handy for sweeping away large amounts of snow. Which is especially handy when you stick that snowmobile in deep fluff..... it's also exceptional for shoveling the driveway and digging up potatoes....but I don't recommend it.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I'll never go back to a non-hoe shovel again. There are a few others on the market but compared to some others I've used I prefer this one. The grips really make hoe-mode much easier to deal with than a straight shaft for a grip.

    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.

      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.

      Anyone have this and used it to in an avy...

      Anyone have this and used it to in an avy situation? I am intrigued by the hoe function for quicker snow evacuation.. but an worried about the ergonomics and setup time. Thanks

      Best Answer

      The hoe setup is as fast as any other shovel, save for maybe the BD Deploy series because it's button-pull.

      The shovel takes more time to setup. you have to release the intermediate handle, slide it up, insert the end, lock the end lock the intermediate handle. So the steps are button, pull, button, button. Penalty is only a second or two if you're proficient. IF you haven't used the shovel since it came in the mail, you're going to have problems.

      I don't think I'd want to dig with the hoe anyway. It doesn't seem to work as efficiently as a shovel. The hoe serves a different purpose. More for assessment and structure building.