- LENGTH: 300cm extended / 50cm collapsed (118” / 9.7”)
- WEIGHT: 280g (9.9oz)
- PRICE: £99 / €89
When snowboarding off-piste, any probe is better than no probe – but for something that’s so seemingly simple, there are a few factors to consider. Length is a factor; if you’re lucky enough to ride somewhere that typically gets a crazy deep snow pack, then you need a model to match – such as the Backcountry Access Stealth 300 Carbon avalanche probe.
As the name suggests, the BCA Stealth 300 Carbon extends to a whopping 300cm. The collapsed size is a mere one-sixth of that, though, so anyone with a decent-sized backpack will have space for this. The carbon shaves off a few grams compared to the standard version – it might not seem like much, but every little helps when you’re going to be fully laden for the day.
“If you’re lucky enough to ride somewhere that typically gets a crazy deep snow pack, then you need a model to match”
Should you need to use it, just take the Stealth out of the bag and pull on the orange handle at the top. The sturdy internal wire does the rest, and once the probe is fully extended a satisfying click tells you that it’s ready to use.
Laser-etched markings run the full length of the probe, telling you exactly how deep you’ll need to dig. In non-emergency situations, they’re also perfect for measuring the depth of the snow pack.