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Backcountry Access Stealth 270 Probe

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Travel smart in the backcountry.

Whether you prefer to slash quick lines outside of the resort gates or head out for longer backcountry tours, add the Backcountry Access Stealth 270 Probe to your avy gear setup. This lightweight, compact, and durable probe stand up to years of abuse and is easy to use when time is not on your side.

  • The Stealth 270 is ideal for recreational skiers and moderately deep snowpacks
  • Durable, strong aluminum components withstand winter's harsh elements with ease
  • Lighweight probe easily compacts and fits into your backcountry pack for convenience
  • Easy assembly cuts down on rescue time when you're in a hurry
  • Laser-etched depth markings allow you to identify burial depth
  • As always, get proper avalanche training and practice using your gear before venturing out into the backcountry
  • Item #BCA2938

Tech Specs

Material
aluminum
Length
270 cm
Deployment System
Quick-lock
Storage Sack
yes
Collapsed Length
45 cm
Claimed Weight
10.9 oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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Great - and fits in my pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Solid, opens quickly, graduated markings for length. Packed length of 45 cm means it fits in the tool pocket of my older Mammut Nirvana 35 pack - whereas the Stealth 300 had a packed length of 50 cm and would have eventually trashed the pocket. Thanks to Backcountry for being cool with exchanging the longer for the shorter probe.

Probe-tastic

    Hard to go wrong with any probe, but it seems you have to balance length, weight, and price when looking around for one. This BCA 270 seems about the right length, I'm not one to stress much over weight, and the price seemed pretty reasonable. It deploys quickly and easily, stays locked in place until your done, and collapses pretty simply. I was a little surprised to find that a longer probe isn't a bad idea- I probe around 230 cm of snow recently in Utah while just poking around, but overall, I think I made the right choice. 5 star

    A good buy!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a very solid and well built Probe. It might not be the lightest Probe on he market but when you use it, you can tell it will last for years. Nice construction and easy to deploy. Worth buying!

    Pretty good!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I used this in Japan digging pits etc etc. We fortunately didnt need to use it for what its intended purpose though. I found the mechanism really easy to use and my only gripe was that I should have taken a longer probe due to the amount of snow they get in Japan. That being said, thats nothing to do with the probe and just me underestimating the depth of snow.



    As others have said its not the lightest but its certainly not heavy and wouldnt necessarily consider buying a lighter (carbon) probe given the price of this one. Cant go wrong.

    It's a probe.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is a perfectly adequate probe. It isn't super light, but its not super heavy either. It is long and has a pretty solid, quick and easy to use deployment method. If you need a probe. this is a good one to have.

    Functionally Awesome

      Love this probe. Simple is key in the backcountry, and BCA nailed it with their Stealth series of probes. The simple pinch mechanism for deployment/break down makes things quick and easy when using your probe. Doesn't take a lot of practice to get used to, although practice is essential with all rescue gear that will be used for safe backcountry travel. The 270 size fits into my Black Diamond Covert Pack perfectly. If you are in the market for a new probe, I would recommend the BCA Stealth series.

      What would be your preference and why this...

      What would be your preference and why this probe vs going for the BCA Carbon 260 ?

      I'm not sure on the pro's or cons either way other than weight saving, any advice would be appreciated.

      Best Answer

      Hey Damp, thanks for the question!



      The main difference between these two probes is the construction material, aluminum versus carbon. Here's what BCA has to say on that front:



      "Carbon probes are lighter than aluminum probes but aluminum probes are more durable and are more suitable for every day use."



      The 260 Carbon probe weighs in at 7.5 oz, where this probe weighs 10.5 oz. You should also consider the lengths depending on what type of snowpack you receive. The 260 Carbon probe is only 8ft 6 inches and this one is 8ft 10 inches. You may want to consider a longer probe if you live near a maritime snowpack such as those found along the West Coast. If you do live where the snowpacks are deeper, check out this longer BCA probe: http://www.backcountry.com/backcountry-access-stealth-300-probe



      If you ski in a shallower continental snowpack like Colorado either of these shorter probes will suffice and it comes down to a question of how often you use it, and how important you consider the weight of the probe to be.

      Does anyone know if this probe fits...

      Does anyone know if this probe fits comfortably into a Black Diamond Bandit Avalung backpack ? Keen to get one if it does. Really appreciate any replies.



      Cheers