The BCA B1 EXT Avalanche Shovel is Backcountry Access's most popular avalanche shovel. It's extendable and packable.
The BCA B1 is both light and extendable for weight conscious skiers and snowboarders that prefer the comfort and functionality of an extendable shovel.
As a member of the "Bomber" series of shovels from BCA, the B1 boasts an off-the-chart strength to weight ratio while taking up minimal storage space in your pack. Key features on the B1 included an oval shaft with a more packable, bombproof, "ferrule-less" blade, ergonomic grip, and T6 heat treatment.
All the B1 Numbers:
- Weight: 600 g / 21.1 oz
- Blade Dimensions: 9.8 in x 10 in / 24.9 cm x 25.4 cm
- Handle & Shaft Collapsed Length: 16 in / 41 cm
- Handle & Shaft Extended Length: 22.25 in / 57 cm
- Assembled Collapsed Length: 22 in / 56 cm
- Assembled Extended Length: 28.75 in / 73 cm
- Blade & Shaft Material: 6061 T6 Aluminum
- Important: NOT compatible with B-1 probe
Let's walk you through shovel-buying:
Size - do the shaft and blade fit in your pack? (note: the bigger the shaft and blade - the more effective the shovel is).
- Weight - is it light enough to carry if you're ski touring?
Durability - will it stand up to the rigors of digging through avalanche debris? (note: more durable shovels are inevitably heavier!)
- Grip: D-grip vs. T-Grip - D-Grips are more ergonomic and will make you a better shovel, but are heavier than a T-Grip.
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