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BCA A-2 Ext with Saw Backcountry Shovel Review

 
BCA A-2 Ext with Saw Review
BCA A-2 Ext with Saw Review
BCA A-2 Ext with Saw Review

 
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Model: A-2
 
Retail Price: 89.95
 
Quick View: Collapsed length: 28.5 inches/72 cm Extended length: 37.75 inches/96 cm Blade dimensions: 10x10.75 inches/25x28 cm Weight: 31 ounces/880 grams
 
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Very tough construction, super strong blade, come with a snow/wood saw in the shovel handle.


A little heaver that traditional shovels, hard to remove saw with gloves on.


Shovels are an essential backcountry item that everyone venturing into the woods should be carrying with them.  But there are so many to choose from, how do you know a good one from a bad one?  Well the plastic shovels have seemed to come and gone, so now we are left with metal shovels.  They […]

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BCA A-2 Ext with Saw Review

BCA A-2 Ext with Saw Review

Shovels are an essential backcountry item that everyone venturing into the woods should be carrying with them.  But there are so many to choose from, how do you know a good one from a bad one?  Well the plastic shovels have seemed to come and gone, so now we are left with metal shovels.  They range in price from $15.00 all the way up to $100.

One of the best shovels on the market that we have used is the BCA A2 Shovel. It meets all the necesities and then goes a lot further.  We love the oval shaft that naturally lines up the shovel shaft to the head.  The shovel head is super tough, with the pressed in shape that really makes this blade bulletproof.

The Grip of the shovel is very comfortable in hand for long periods and you don’t notice there is a saw in the shaft at all during use.  Additionally, when the saw is removed, the shovel works just the same.

The Saw offers a 28 cm long blade that is perfect for isolating columns, cutting down firewood, penetrating ice blocks, or shaping a snow dragon. The saw blade fits vey nicely in the handle, although it’s a bit hard to get out with glove on, it feels very solid and high quality for the size and functionality.

The BCA A-2 is on the higher end of cost for a shovel, but if you are planning on purchasing a snow saw, it’s highly recommended to get one in the shaft of the handle rather than have to pack a razor sharp blade in your pack and risk it tearing up other goods in your pack.

This shovel feels really good in hand.

The Bottom Line
This is a costly shovel, but for the price of a saw and a shovel it seems justifiable.  The shovel is super sturdy, and still packs well with a medium size shovel head.  The saw is a little difficult to remove and replace, but we still prefer this to a free floating blade in our bag.  However the saw blade is a bit smaller that traditional snow saws.
If you want a super tough shovel and a saw and don’t mind shelling out a little extra for the shovel you should be carrying with you anyway,  for a few extra grams and a few extra bucks get a shovel that will last the rest of your on snow career.

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Travis

 
Snowboarding for over 20 years now, Travis has taken it to the backcountry. Traveling the Mid West experiencing all things snowboarding and splitboarding.


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