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Backcountry Access B2 Extendable Shovel

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B2 Extendable Shovel

What’s a few more grams of weight if you can get the job down faster with the medium-sized Backcountry Access B2 Extendable Shovel? This durable, strong shovel gives you the leverage and the extra space to dig out more snow which is crucial when you’re in a life-threatening situation. An ergonomic grip also provides comfort when you dig a pit, snowcave, or kicker.
  • Mid-sized backcountry shovel for pros and advanced touring riders
  • Extendable shaft provides a a custom length to your preferences
  • Detachable blade enhances packability and doubles as an emergency sled
  • Item #BCA0127

Blade
6061 T6 aluminum
Shaft
6061 T6 aluminum
Handle
T
Assembled Length
24 - 31in
Blade Dimensions
10 x 11in
Packed Dimensions
16.5in
Claimed Weight
1lb
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 4

Lightweight

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Strong and reliable. This does not add too much weight to my back, and it is just what I need. The adjustments can be a little hard in cold snow if you get any ice build up, but you can still adjust it fine. I love the versatility of this shovel. I can dig fast and easy and move a lot of snow at once, and if you need to incorporate any anchor techniques or evac techniques, the holes in this shovel come in handy.

>Rating: 2

One Fatal Flaw

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This shovel has a number of good features which I'd like to address first; +Solid construction +Ergonomic handle grip +Relatively flat and smooth blade for digging pit walls +Large shovel size moves a lot of snow quickly None of these features come in handy since the handle is very prone to snow and ice buildup. The handle mechanism almost always freezes up on me which makes adjustment impossible during long days in the field. When I'm out digging pits and I'm not using the shovel I'll stick the blade-end into the snow for quick access. Once the handle mechanism and end caps come in contact with any amount of snow it becomes nearly impossible to disassemble or reassemble the shovel. While this may not be a huge deal to those who don't take the shovel out of their pack too often, I frankly find this terrifying. I can't imagine the thought of not being able to rescue a partner because my shovel wouldn't assemble. Until BCA addresses this shortcoming it has found a new home in my car.

>Rating: 5

My go to

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

As an avalanche professional I dig a lot of snow. I have done some pretty terrible things to this shovel and have never broken one. The shovel blade isn't too big to wear me out after a big day of digging yet it is big enough to move some serious snow. It makes great pit walls as well.

>Rating: 5

Light weight, easy to use

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Easy to use and lightweight shovel. I like the more square shape, as it fits against my pack better.

>Rating: 5

Burly but Light Backcountry Shovel

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This shovel is burly without weighing a ton - a solid dependable sholel to take with you every time you're out in the backcountry.

>Rating: 5

Perfect

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This shovel is the perfect size for everything. Great for building jumps and making backcountry snow couches. All around awesomeness!

>Rating: 5

Solid large shovel

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This is the largest shovel I could find that would fit in all of my backpacks avy-gear compartments. I've used it for the past couple months for building jumps, digging my sled out, snow pits, and beacon rescue practice. It is pretty square so it works great for making a flat wall in a snow pit. I've also accidentally put the tip of it into a rock while digging a couple times now but you can hardly tell from looking at it. Overall its my favorite shovel that I've owned

>Rating: 5

Just what I needed

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

Solid shovel.. I find it to be very nice and light for how large the blade is. Very basic and functional backcountry shovel. Solid construction and I especially love the large blade size for that moment when you might be in a rush to dig out a buddy.

>Rating: 5

Backcountry Perfection in a shovel

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Had this shovel for years and it has performed flawlessly. Love that it is so compact and fits in any pack. Even though it is small, it is BURLY. I have dug out my sled and others so many times with this thing, serious snow mover. As a snow nerd, the absolute best part of this shovel is the blade. With a bit of practice, you get amazingly clean pit walls. I can trust this shovel and know that any time I pull it out, I can 100% rely on it.

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>Rating: 5

just right

This is a legit shovel with a nice big blade that still fits in your bag with ease. I hate it when my partners have small little shovel blades that cant move snow quickly, or a plastic blade that fails to cut through hard snow with ease. This shovel, however moves snow quickly and has a burley blade but it isn't heavy or bulky. I use the shovel to build big old booters but its also a safety tool, and I love it.

>Rating: 5

Strong, durable, compact.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I've had some good luck with this shovel. Blade and shaft are very sturdy and strong. Top plastic part of handle could possibly crack, but hasn't on mine in over a couple years. Folfd up and stores nicely in your pack. Also good for building booters or even digging out your car/truck.

>Rating: 3

ok shovel

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This shovel is pretty good. I got it cause I like the nice big blade and the extendable handle. I end up using my shovel alot to build jumps and stuff and it sucks to have tiny little blade with a short handle. I have a couple gripes with the shovel tho, the handle doesnt extend as long as I thought it would, and the blade doesnt feel super strong. I would think twice before trying to chop ice with it, whereas my old black diamond deploy shovel was burly and I would smash it into anything, but it had a shorter handle and a smaller blade and I lost it. overall I like this b2 but I wish it was a bit burlier, with a longer handle.

>Rating: 5

Strong Shovel ++++

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

First impression very well made, strong, collapses to a very small size. own the B1 too this one is much bigger on the shovel size. ++++

>Rating: 4

B2 is Bomber

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This shovel stays with my pack so I can easily grab it on a big snow day accessed from the resorts. However, that pack does stay in the back of my truck when not in use, and this shovel has dug out myself, friends, and plenty of mountain tourists out of the ditch as well as early morning truck evacuations from the previous nights snow fall.Not the lightest, but Ill gladly trade that for a larger blade to move more snow.

>Rating: 3

Burly shovel, but a bit flawed

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Maybe I just got a bad batch, but the end cap was missing after a few days, the shaft filled with snow, and their is some seamless missing. A burly shovel, but I've been turning to my Voile Telepro instead of this newer and easier-cutting blade. Once some issues are fixed it will be a nice shovel for big guys moving plenty of snow.

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Backcountry Access B2 Extendable Shovel

>Rating: 3

Great for rescue, less so for pit walls

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Durable, simple, well-designed...but take away those stupid ribs. Pluses: + Nice size and shape + Great handle (bright, good angle) + Flat-ish shovel blade makes it easier to have flat pit walls Deltas: - Even with the new end-caps, the extendable handle still freezes up way more than my old BD shovel - The strengthening "ribs" on the blade make it look tough, but they make unsightly marks on my pit walls -- using this shovel makes it significantly more difficult to achieve my anal-retentive-standard smooth pit walls for layer ID.

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B1 vs B2 shovel blade comparison

Handles are the same length collapsed, the B2 has another inch and a half on the B1 when extended. Blade size is compared here as well, the B1 packs much smaller as predicted.

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B1 vs B2 shovel side profile comparison

Handles are the same length collapsed, the B2 has another inch and a half on the B1 when extended. Blade size is compared here as well, the B1 packs much smaller as predicted.

Handles
>Rating: 5

Bombproof

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Yea it is a shovel and yea they all do the same thing. Or do they? I have used many a shovel and I really like this one. It is not the lightest shovel out there but it can dig with a shovel twice its weight and size. I snowmobile a lot and therefore get stuck a lot which means a lot of shoveling. This thing moves the heavy crap, cuts great pits and stash's in a nice small package.

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Use the Osprey kode 22 for doing lift...

Use the Osprey kode 22 for doing lift serves side country riding and I was wondering if anybody knows if B2 will fit in the snow gear pocket?

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Can you interchange the shafts with the...

Can you interchange the shafts with the B1 and B2?

The shafts for the B1 and B2 ARE interchangeable.

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Is this shovel compatible with storing any...

Is this shovel compatible with storing any of the BCA probes in its handle?

BCA has actually discontinued the practice of putting the probe in its shovel. After speaking with the rep the company believes that those two tools should be two separate entities to ensure efficiency during a rescue situation. They do make one with a saw in its handle, http://www.backcountry.com/backcountry-access-arsenal-shovel-ext-with-a2-blade-and-28cm-saw. The old one you were looking for is currently out of stock http://www.backcountry.com/backcountry-access-arsenal-shovel-w-240-probe-companion-blade-bca0106.