The Backcountry Access Stealth 240 carbon avalanche probe features the easiest and fastest assembly on the market, with no loose cable to cause hang-ups. The top segment stealthfully (get it?!) nests inside the next probe section, reducing the number of segments and size of the probe bundle when disassembled in your pack.
Equipped with laser-etched depth markings for measuring snowpack and/or victim depth to determine the dimensions of the excavation area before shoveling. BCA's Quick-Lock hardware allows for the best packability and deployment speed on the market. Stealth probes are built to last and save valuable seconds during an avalanche rescue when time matters.
All your numbers:
- Weight: 215 g / 7.6 oz
- Extended Length: 240 cm / 94 in
- Collapsed Length: 40 cm / 15.7 in
- Diameter: 1.1 cm / 0.43 in
How to buy a probe:
Material - The stronger (and heavier!) the material, the more effective it will be at probing. The lighter the probe, the more expensive it gets. Carbon is the lightest (and most expensive), Aluminum is stronger and cheaper, but heavier, Steel is heavy and expensive, but the best at the job.
Length - You'll see probes ranging from 200cm-320cm. We don't sell anything less than 240. Successful extractions have been done up to 3m. Keep in mind you'll need to hold on to the probe as you enter the snow. Longer probes mean more ferrules, so count on them being a bit heavier (but not much) and having more mass.
- Assembly - How quick can you get it together and secured (like really secured!) into place? Practice will help, but make sure it's got an easy lock.
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