Backcountry Access B-1 EXT Shovel 2014-2015 Review

The Details:

The Backcountry Access B-1 EXT is the most popular shovel in BCA’s considerable range, so it’s definitely worth looking at this aluminium beast whether you’re a first-time buyer or an experienced pow hound. ‘Dig hard, pack small’ is the company’s credo – a shovel is essential, but it shouldn’t mean having to endure a heavy weight on your back just to stay safe.

With that in mind the BC-1 Ext only weighs 600 grams, and the handle is detachable to save as much space as possible. A longer handle makes digging out snow pits and packing down take-offs much easier, so this one will have you shouting “Yes, it’s an extender!” quicker than you can say Alan Partridge. What’s more, BCA offer free online video tutorials on strategic shovelling, and all aspects of off-piste safety. Just visit to get clued up.



For more information on Avalanches Safety, check out our Avalanche Survival Guide here

Read more Avalanche gear reviews:

Pieps DSP Pro Transceiver 2014-2015 Review

Ortovox 240 Light PFA Probe 2014-2015 Review

Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.