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Backcountry Access BC Link 2.0

$179.95

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Why We Like The BC Link 2.0 Two-Way Radio

The BC Link 2.0 is the second generation of Backcountry Access's two-way radio designed specifically for backcountry touring, and it comes with twice the wattage for a better performance at the recommended distance of 6 miles and the maximum distance of 40 miles (both with line of sight). We like how the remote-friendly Smart Mic has glove-friendly controls for on-and-off, volume, battery indicator, channel selection, and push-to-talk so we don't have to find the base unit packed inside our backpack to change settings.

  • Two-way radio built for backcountry touring
  • Smart Mic offers glove-friendly handling
  • 2-watt maximum power for longer range
  • 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
  • Compatible with BCA Float Avalanche Airbag and Stash Backpacks
  • Item #BCA001M

Dimensions
[mic] 3.5 x 2.1 x 1.5in, [radio] 3.5 x 2.1 x 1.5in
Optimal Range
2 watt
Channels
22 FRS GMRS channels + 121 sub-channels
Battery Type
2300mAh lithium ion
Other Features
Smart Mic
Claimed Weight
12oz
Activity
backcountry touring, mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years

Tech Specs

California Proposition 65

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Cancer and Reproductive Harm - P65Warnings.ca.gov

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 1

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

>Rating: 3

DOA

Familiarity:
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.

>Rating: 5

Essential for the backcountry

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These links are awesome. I use them whenever I am split boarding or snowmobiling in the backcountry. They are easy to use and work like a charm. I would highly recommend getting yourself a pair!

>Rating: 5

Wouldn't go out without it

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

New slimmer design and protected dial so the channels don't accidentally change on you is a nice addition. I use mine for skiing, sledding and even dirt biking in the summer. Great battery life and range. Communication is key for staying together and even more important in an emergency. Nice design to stick the radio in the pack and clip the handset on your chest strap for easy use with gloves on, much nicer than having to put one in your pocket. Works with other radios too even if your friends don't have one.

>Rating: 5

Simple and Easy

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Communication is key in any relationship - my relatinship with the backcountry is no different. Which is why I upped my kit with the Backcounty Access BC Link 2.0. An updated version of the original Link we all love, I know I can count on the Link 2.0 Radio to be better, faster and stronger to keep up with me this touring season.

Lol God just how fake do these reviews sound. Not one has anything bad to say. Normal people dont write like a commercial, folks. Do you really want the FTC on you?

>Rating: 5

awesome!

great radio and is very simple to use has great range. I havent had any issues with it

>Rating: 5

Great simple two way radio

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I have used simple and inexpensive Motorola radios as well as high end digital radios that are overly complex. The BAC Link 2.0 is simple to use, has good range, is well designed, and has not let me know yet. I use it for backcountry trips and resort skiing. It also can work with your group that is using Motorola or other public channel radios. So you are not limited to communicating with other BAC radios. I highly recommend this product.

Thank you for your detailed review, Winston!

>Rating: 5

Even Better!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I love the new BC Link 2.0 - I used it all touring season and love it! highly recommended

>Rating: 4

A nice to have one for backcountry ski

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

I bought 2 units and used them on a 4-day yurt backcountry skiing trip. We tested the range. It seems to be adequate, but received noises when we were ~0.5 mile apart. In my guess, the antenna might be too close to metallic objects inside the rucksack which resulted in the reduced range. I want to used it on ice climbing and other outdoor activities such as resort skiing, cycling, hiking, but it seems to be a little bulky and heavy side.

>Rating: 3

Good until it quit transmitting

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Design improvements were good from the 1.0 that I used for a couple years. The speaker is louder, dials are in a better place, and the attachment to the radio is better. However, after a month of use I can hear people but now they can't hear me, no transmit. I emailed BCA warranty and now sales and have not heard anything back for weeks now so I am sitting on a useless radio that I bought directly from BCA. Also, battery life is better but there is no way to see an indicator that shows it is fully charged when you have it plugged in, so you are guessing when you turn on the radio and see full bars, that it is done charging. Also, the redesign on the mic is better against the elements, but I've seen it ice up like the old ones and not work to transmit so I think the frogzskin upgraded is needed on the new ones too.

>Rating: 4

hoping this version works

The last version of these that I had, didnt have very good reception. Really hoping these ones work better.

>Rating: 5

Perfect for Ski Tours

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

We've used this a few times on ski tours. Great for pockets out of cell phone range, both in bounds and out of bounds. Great investment!

>Rating: 5

Amazing Radio

Phenomenal Radio! 10 out of 10 would recommend

>Rating: 1

Terrible mic attachment

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

Bought two, screwed the mics on, both failed at the screw attaching the mic to the base unit immediately. The screw is held by a nut in the base unit of the radio. Both nuts were pulled from the base unit when tightened. I expected better quality by BCA.

Bought
>Rating: 5

Lifesaver

If you're venturing out in the backcountry, this radio is a must! It's easy to use, has good range and battery life. The ability to reach others in your group, or others in the area is paramount, and this makes it super easy. I bought this over the original version due to the supposedly extended range, and updated mic connection, but the original is still a great option at a cheaper price.

>Rating: 5

Amazing!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This radio rocks. Super simple to use and has great range & battery life. I've used it on 4-5 tours so far and have no complaints! A must-have for backcountry adventures!

>Rating: 5

Way better than BC Link 1.0

After using the first generation of BC link for the past two seasons, this is a pleasant upgrade. The range of this radio is much better than the first one and stays on the same channel much better. I use this for snowmobiling and it works great for communicating with my party. Highly recommend for any backcountry user, regardless of how you choose to travel through it.

>Rating: 5

Makes communication easy

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Good design and improvement on the clip. This really makes skiing in the backcountry and communication much easier

>Rating: 5

bca

best walkies out there

>Rating: 5

Great Improvement

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

I've used the original link for years. Longer battery life and stronger radio makes for a solid upgrade. I also was pumped to see that they updated the way the remote cord mounts to the radio. Seeing the review on here about it failing is a bummer I thought it seems like a good design, but hopefully that one was indeed just a lemon. Fortunately between the BCA warranty and Backcountry's customer service it's easy to remedy such things, but fingers crossed she holds strong. I also like the redesign of the remote, they added plastic around the dials to help you avoid accidental channel changing which did happen to me from time to time with the old one.

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Does this radio come as a pair?

Hey Dennis! This is sold as a single radio, not in a pair.

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What kind of connectors are on the ptt?

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Any further consensus on whether the two broken mic attachments were lemons or if this is a widespread issue? I guess if anyone out there has been using it extensively for a season or so with no issues it's probably OK?

Hey Brian, I spoke with some co-workers that do have this radio and they said that they haven't had any issues with the mic attachments. This radio is a big step up from the 1.0 edition.