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Backcountry Access A2 Extendable Shovel + Saw

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A2 Extendable Shovel with Saw

Whether you're digging snow pits or helping a friend, the Backcountry Access A2 Shovel has got you covered. BCA cleverly stashed the 11.5in saw in the Arsenal's shaft and built it so that the shovel can function when the saw is in use. Pre-punched holes in the shovel blade make it simple to set up a sturdy snow anchor or emergency litter.

  • A savvy avalanche shovel for your backcountry touring kit
  • Clever system allows you to slide the snow saw out for easy use
  • Tough-as-nails aluminum shovel blade is strong yet lightweight
  • Shovel's extendable shaft gives you the extra reach and leverage
  • Oval shaft and 'ferrule-less' blade is both packable and durable
  • T-grip can be looped through and worn without a pack
  • Item #BCA2935

Blade
6061 T6 aluminum
Shaft
6061 T6 aluminum
Assembled Length
30.5in
Blade Dimensions
10 x 11in
Packed Dimensions
17in
Claimed Weight
1lb 14.4oz
Recommended Use
backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

Lightweight, compact, sturdy

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This shovel stays in my pack all winter. It doesn't take up too much room, and the saw in the handle saves even more room. The handle extends nicely and is super sturdy when digging.

>Rating: 5

Perfect Size

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

I bought this shovel for backcountry ski touring. It fits well in my 30L Patagonia Ski Pack when you remove the shaft from the head of the shovel. There is a saw in the shaft that you can also take out if you want to lessen the weight. Easy to assemble and disassemble. Would recommend!

>Rating: 5

Compact and Durable

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This shovel is awesome. Compact when stored, nice long handle when extended. It even has a snow saw that stores in the handle and shaft which is a really cool feature.

>Rating: 4

Sturdy

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Bought this for my boyfriend and this is what he said: BCA shovel has a strong feel when cutting into snow despite the conditions. Small profile helps it to stow away easily for descents.

>Rating: 4

Keep it compact

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Great compact shovel that is capable of moving a lot of snow in a short amount of time. The extendable T handle gives you great grip and a lot of leverage. The blade size is versatile and does a great job at digging sleds out quickly, shaping jumps, building seats around a backcountry fire during your #unepicadventures. The saw is sharp and compact. Great for snow analysis, and well, anything you might need a saw for. The assembly is quick and it integrates into my stash pack very nicely. My go to for a lot of applications.

>Rating: 5

compact and durable

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

perfect for when i want a saw with me but my 35cm is too long to fit in my bag. Strong teeth to get through wood, rope, etc. while still doing a great job isolating pits and slicing through any icy layers in the snowpack.

>Rating: 5

Versatile Shovel

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Great backcountry shovel with saw included. Saw comes in really handy for lots of purposes from digging snow pits, cutting branches, starting lunch break fires, etc. My go to shovel for sled skiing.

>Rating: 5

Secret Saw!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Was looking for a snow saw case, and found this setup! I've always owned a BCA shovel, but stoked that this one comes with a snow saw built in for those times you might want to really asses conditions or are teaching someone new.

>Rating: 5

Snow Saw!

A snow saw might not be something you'll use everyday, but when your out there and do need one, whipping one out of your shovel is probably the most convenient thing ever, plus it's pretty badass to whip something right out your handle and start hacking away at a branch or cutting snow into bricks. Can't say its the lightest shovel in the world, but I'm not one to count ounces, so overall this thing gets the job done in all the right ways for me.

>Rating: 4

Compact and Ready to Shovel & Saw

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

The shovel is nice and big which makes it convenient for moving snow efficiently and fast. My main problem with this style of shovel is that I had to disassemble the post from the shovel head to get it to fit into my BCA 32 Float. I think it is strange that they didn't design a ready to deploy shovel for their pack, and I'd be concerned about putting together the shovel in a rescue situation . The saw is great, but it would be better if it was a full 30 cm saw for CTs. This is a great shovel but I would consider one of the Black Diamond shovels that doesn't need to be assembled to be utilized. Maybe this shovel can fit into the larger part of the BCA pack, but I like having my rescue gear on the outside pouch to keep my gear organized and readily accessible.

>Rating:

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.

The
>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating:

Backcountry Access Arsenal Shovel EXT

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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!

>Rating:

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

We had the crappiest of crappy saws on Denali and made it work. This one is definitely better than that so I would say yes it will work but, I would also suggest investing in a better one. With the amount of ice sawing you do up there you will surely be jealous of anyone who owns http://www.backcountry.com/ortovox-snow-saw?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6c2F3OjE6NDpzYXc&skid=ORT0164-SI-ONESIZ Feel free to hit me up at bporreca@backcountry.com or 801-736-6398.

>Rating:

what is the difference between this shovel...

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

>Rating:

Are the shafts of the BCA Arsenal and...

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

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.

>Rating:

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

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.

>Rating:

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.