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Backcountry Access B1 Extendable Shovel

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    25 Reviews


    When functionality counts the B1 won’t let you down.

    When you’re looking for a bit more leverage and comfort turn to the Backcountry Access B1 Extendable Shovel in your shoveling endeavors. Its unbeatable strength-to-weight ratio impresses you when you dig a pit, kicker, or snow cave. Thanks to its durable components and ergonomic grip this strong shovel won’t let you down when you’re in a pinch either.
    • Item #BCA0124

    Tech Specs

    Assembled Length
    28.75 in
    Blade Dimensions
    9.8 x 10 in
    Packed Dimensions
    22 in
    Claimed Weight
    21 oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Light, great price

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    BCA sets themselves apart here by providing an extremely light weight shovel at a great price, with an efficient blade shape. Thankfully, I have never had to use this shovel in an emergency, but while practicing burial situations and building jumps this shovel does everything that I need it to do. Quick, effortless assembly and easy handle length adjustment make this a user-friendly, no frills product. The B1 fits perfectly into my backpack, even if it is packed to the brim. Overall, I can't think of much more that I would want in a shovel.

    Solid and Light

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This shovel has been my go-to shovel for backcountry skiing. I like that it is small enough to fit in all of my packs and it has a solid handle. This shovel is also great because it extends far enough to make it easy to use. Sometimes the locking mechanism will freeze up, but that's the only issues I've ever had (and I have that issue with pretty much every shovel out there.)

    Bomber shovel, right size

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This shovel is just what I need, and nothing I don't. It is small enough and shaped well to fit in my pack without causing a game of Tetris for packing around it. The blade is definitely still big enough for good digging, which is of course what matters most. I've even used this in the spring to help get my truck out of a mud hole. It works. It's built well. What more do you need in a shovel?

    Dig it!

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

    Picked up this guy in the T3 Rescue package along with the Tracker 3 and Stealth 270 probe. So far have done only practice with it as I a still putting together my full split-board set-up but my impressions so far are that it is lightweight, compact, durable and a great value for the price.

    Dig it!

    Seems perfect

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    While the head isn't very large, it moves snow efficiently and packs down to fit in a small pack. Digs pits just fine and is pretty secure when all clicked into place. Some other shovels I've tried kind of feel loose when assembled, but not this sucker.

    Only Avy Shovel You Need

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I just got this shovel last season and absolutely loved it. First off, the shape of the blade and its slim profile made it an easy fit in my pack, no matter how much else I had to carry that day. It's no frills and works great for digging too, although I haven't and hopefully won't have to use it for real! In training exercises and other uses I have been very impressed though. It's built tough, which is a huge key for any shovel. Evidence: I used it to shovel dirts and rocks when I got my truck stuck this spring.

    Solid shovel but know what it is.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I actually lost my handle for the old BCA companion shovel so I decided to just buy this BCA and hope the handle was a perfect fit. It was. I'm actually really stoked on the 2 blades. The only thing I have bad to say about the the companion is sometimes the blade is too big for smaller packs and this is where the B1 is nice. It's small but not tiny. It's perfect for solo days and side country for my needs. It does have a flat back so if you wanted this as your everyday shovel, it works great for pits. however there are better shovels for moving large amounts of snow fast in full burial situations.

    Great all around shovel

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

    This shovel is awesome, it's incredibly light, compact, and easy to get out and use (but hopefully you don't have to, unless you're testing snowpack or building a booter!). I have yet to use it in the backcountry but it's definitely going to be my daily shovel from here on out.

    Simple, light, compact, strong

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The only 4 words i would use to describe this shovel. It gets the job done and it fits in all packs that i have put it in (even a 11L osprey carve).

    Very fast to put together so in a rescue situation you know you have a reliable shovel to lean on in a time of need and speed.

    Awesome Purchase

      Shovel worked great on a recent trip to Mt. Whitney. Very light and loved the way it breaks down into the shaft and the shovel head. I also loved the machined out holes on the shovel head that made fixing it to my pack very easy. Digging a hole under the vestibule of the tent made for a awesome place to fit all the gear and put on boots in the morning with ease. Also the shovel did great when digging out the tent after the storm. I am very pleased with this product.

      very light shovel

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I picked up one of these because it is really light, and it works! You can break it down into 3 small sections. I let my teenager carry it in her pack skiing Silverton. FYI, I do test gear for Gore, from time to time, only gear that I choose to test.

      Close to perfect

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      With the removable handle, this shovel packs more compactly than any other extendable shovel on the market. Weight is also amongst the lightest at 21oz.

      Blade size is perfect for stowing inside packs in the 20-35 liter range. Anything bigger, and you'll need a bigger pack, or risk snagging / loss by external attachment.

      I used this shovel at my Level 1 Avalanche certification and was consistently among the 3 fastest in my class of 30 participants to deploy & finish digging in Tahoe's heavy, costal snowpack. In fact, I observed several participants struggling with larger blades attached to shorter handles. Bottom line: be aware of the conditions you are most likely to face: those in continental conditions in deep, light snow may benefit from a bigger blade. In subsequent use up and down the Sierra Nevadas, I've found the dimensions of this tool perfect for western snow conditions.

      Overall I'd rate this shovel 4.5 out of 5 due to one minor quibble:

      I would have liked to see extra holes equidistant from the ends of both sections of shovel handle for use in building an emergency sled w/ my skis.

      BCA would do well to follow K2's lead & add this "big picture" functionality to their shovels as a stock feature. I am going to drill holes where I need them, but why should I have to resort to a DIY fix that voids my warranty when other manufacturers incorporate it into their base design?

      Are you listening BCA? Just 4 holes short of perfection!


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Nice and light, small but functional, and no crazy corners, lips, or edges to wear on your pack. The extendable handle is sweet, and the extra inches make life nice. Great shovel.

      Light, Burly, Packable

        I love the blade on the BCA bomber shovels because they are more packable than other shovels I have used. The ferrule of the shovel blade is actually welded to the blade itself, which makes it really burly. They are also lighter for their size in comparison to most other avalanche shovels.

        Are the shafts of the B1 and B2 intercha...

        Are the shafts of the B1 and B2 interchangeable? I've got a B1 with probe but would like to have the option of larger blade with the probe and extendable handle for the smaller blade. Thanks