Why We Like The Backcountry Access BC Link 2.0
The Backcountry Access BC Link 2.0 has 2 watts of power, increasing its usable range to boost safety as our group chases steeper and longer lines. To make sure this two-way radio is fully charged, we simply check the new battery percentage display before kitting up for the day. The glove-friendly Smart Mic lets us control on-off, volume, channel selection, and push-to-talk, so we can keep in contact with our friends without having to dig out the base unit from inside our pack. Whether our fellow shredders are 6 miles or 40 miles away, as long as they're within line of sight, our observations and change of plans will reach them.
- Two-way radio built for backcountry touring
- Rugged, waterproof construction for reliable performance
- Rechargeable battery offers 40 hours of standby power
- Recommended line-of-sight usable range of 6 miles
- Max line-of-sight range of approximately 40 miles
- Remote-style Smart Mic offers glove-friendly operation
- Approved for use only in North America (FRS/GMRS compatibility)
- Compatible with their Float Avalanche Airbags and Stash Backpacks
- Item #BCA001M
- [mic] 3.5 x 2.1 x 1.5in, [radio] 6.3 x 2.2 x 1.4in
- Optimal Range
- [usable] 6mi line-of-sight, [max] 40mi line-of-sight
- 22 FRS channels, 121 sub-channels
- 22 FRS GMRS channels + 121 sub-channels
- Battery Type
- built-in rechargeable 2300mAh lithium ion
- Battery Life
- [normal use] 8hr, [standby] 40hr
- Low Battery Alert
- battery percentage power display
- Base Charger Included
- yes, 110V charger adapter, mini USB port
- Other Features
- Smart Mic, waterproof to IP56 standards
- Claimed Weight
- backcountry touring, mountaineering
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 3 year
2.5 based on 4 ratings
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December 18, 2022
Treated us well through two seasons
- I've put it through the wringer
Felt as though I needed to counter some of the negativity here. I love this radio and have zero bad feedback, thus far.
September 24, 2021
Fatal design flaw renders radio useless
- I've used it several times
I had high hopes for these radios, but a fatal design flaw in the mic connection makes these very expensive paperweights. I'll cover a few of my thoughts, pros and cons, but ultimately cannot recommend these. Positives are: easy manipulation of the mic/speaker, even with gloves on during the winter. Main unit and battery stay inside my backpack, where they will stay warmer and protected from the elements . The separate mic/speaker unit is plenty loud, weather sealed, and has a long enough cable to easily attach to my backpack strap. Negatives: units themselves output a maximum of up to 2 watts on some channels. This is a federal restriction, so not a knock on BCA, but be aware of their range limitations. You will likely not be able to communicate to your separated party from all areas of a resort, but they still are handy if you are in a group and trying to stay in communication without cell service. Some of the cheaper options may bypass this regulation and allow for higher power transmission. They are still using micro-usb for charging. While many devices are still using this outdated connector, it would have been nice to see usb-c here. The biggest negative here, which has happened on both of the units I have purchased, and ultimately renders the whole unit inoperable, is there is a small hook on the mic which attaches it to the main body of the radio. The other end of this connection is a small thumb screw, which is plenty stout. The hook on the mic connection is made out of cheap, brittle plastic, and will break. Once this piece is broken, the mic will no longer make contact with the body of the radio, and you're unable to use them. Both of my units were very lightly used, stored properly, and had this issue less than one year after purchasing them. I've added a picture of the hook, where you can see it's has broken, but not yet completely detached from the cord. BCA has claimed they have a redesigned attachment in the works, but I have yet to see this on any new units in stores or in person anywhere. To their credit, they have been helpful with warranty claims, but I can no longer trust these units for critical communication in the backcountry. It's disappointing because a pair of these retails for nearly $400. Please consider another option before dropping that kind of cash on something that will break.
September 14, 2021
They are not radio experts
Just junk, prefer to have the option to use radio without the mic...just a problem when you need to get ahold of someone and the mic is frozen also they show up doa....a big problem. I'm a guide in nw Colorado and communication is life and death..just a grms with a fancy cover...better to keep radio in backpack or jacket so you don't need to show off a bca mic
January 30, 2021
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Mic dead on arrival, but didnt know until after my return window closed, all other functions work. BCA says it could take 4 weeks to process my warranty request. I think that is too long, I need my equip NOW! Not in the spring..... think BCA would recognize this... bummer.
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November 25, 2020
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