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    B1 Extendable Shovel

    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.
    • This backcountry shovel is a necessary part of any avy kit
    • Extendable shaft assists in digging quickly
    • Durable aluminum blade doesn't bend while digging avy debris
    • 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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    Bomber Shovel

      This is a great shovel. I have used it for years as part of my touring kit. It is easy to collapse and extend, it is sturdy, and it's not too heavy. I have since purchased a new shovel because I wanted to keep this one in my car during the winter months. It works well whether you use it for avalanche training/rescue, digging out a bench to eat your lunch on, clearing the plow bank on your driveway after a monster storm, or have it in your car should you get stuck. BCA makes great gear and I really like this shovel.

      Mean Shovel

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've beaten the tar out of this shovel from hammering thru old avy debris to digging out a car.

      This thing is tough and light.
      Fits great in my pack.
      Used it all over world.

      Effective and Affordable

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've had this shovel for two seasons now and am totally satisfied with it. It packs down plenty small to fit in any reasonable pack, it's light enough to hardly notice, and it does a solid job of moving snow. The flat blade is also useful for getting the walls of your pit nice and flush. The compromises with this shovel are that the handle doesn't extend as long as some other shovels, requiring you to bend more and giving you less leverage, and there aren't any extra features like a removable snow saw, but I think these compromises are totally fair at this price. If you just need a straightforward and solid shovel for your kit, this will work great.

      Backcountry Go To

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have used this shovel for quite some time and love it. It's lightweight, durable, and reliable. It easily fits in any pack and moves snow extremely well. I have only used this digging pits and mock scenarios, but feel confident that it would perform well in an emergency.

      Strong, durable, portable

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Very strong and durable compared to shovels I have used in the past, especially for the price. Fits in every pack that I bring with me and the extendable handle is about as user-friendly as it gets. I have never had to use the shovel in an emergency dig-out situation (and hopefully will never have to) but it digs a great pit and builds a nice jump! This is also really handy to keep in your vehicle for winter emergencies.

      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.

        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