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Dig like no other with the B2 Extendable.

What’s a few more grams of weight if you can get the job down faster with the medium-sized Backcountry Access B2 Extendable Shovel? This durable, strong shovel gives you the leverage and the extra space to dig out more snow which is crucial when you’re in a life-threatening situation. An ergonomic grip also provides comfort when you dig a pit, snowcave, or kicker.

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Use the Osprey kode 22 for doing lift...

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Use the Osprey kode 22 for doing lift serves side country riding and I was wondering if anybody knows if B2 will fit in the snow gear pocket?

5 5

Strong, durable, compact.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had some good luck with this shovel. Blade and shaft are very sturdy and strong. Top plastic part of handle could possibly crack, but hasn't on mine in over a couple years. Folfd up and stores nicely in your pack. Also good for building booters or even digging out your car/truck.

3 5

ok shovel

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This shovel is pretty good. I got it cause I like the nice big blade and the extendable handle. I end up using my shovel alot to build jumps and stuff and it sucks to have tiny little blade with a short handle. I have a couple gripes with the shovel tho, the handle doesnt extend as long as I thought it would, and the blade doesnt feel super strong. I would think twice before trying to chop ice with it, whereas my old black diamond deploy shovel was burly and I would smash it into anything, but it had a shorter handle and a smaller blade and I lost it. overall I like this b2 but I wish it was a bit burlier, with a longer handle.

5 5

Strong Shovel ++++

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

First impression very well made, strong, collapses to a very small size. own the B1 too this one is much bigger on the shovel size. ++++

4 5

B2 is Bomber

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This shovel stays with my pack so I can easily grab it on a big snow day accessed from the resorts. However, that pack does stay in the back of my truck when not in use, and this shovel has dug out myself, friends, and plenty of mountain tourists out of the ditch as well as early morning truck evacuations from the previous nights snow fall.Not the lightest, but Ill gladly trade that for a larger blade to move more snow.

3 5

Burly shovel, but a bit flawed

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Maybe I just got a bad batch, but the end cap was missing after a few days, the shaft filled with snow, and their is some seamless missing. A burly shovel, but I've been turning to my Voile Telepro instead of this newer and easier-cutting blade. Once some issues are fixed it will be a nice shovel for big guys moving plenty of snow.

Can you interchange the shafts with the...

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Can you interchange the shafts with the B1 and B2?

3 5

Great for rescue, less so for pit walls

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Durable, simple, well-designed...but take away those stupid ribs.

Pluses:
+ Nice size and shape
+ Great handle (bright, good angle)
+ Flat-ish shovel blade makes it easier to have flat pit walls

Deltas:
- Even with the new end-caps, the extendable handle still freezes up way more than my old BD shovel
- The strengthening "ribs" on the blade make it look tough, but they make unsightly marks on my pit walls -- using this shovel makes it significantly more difficult to achieve my anal-retentive-standard smooth pit walls for layer ID.

B1 vs B2 shovel blade comparison

B1 vs B2 shovel blade comparison

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Handles are the same length collapsed, the B2 has another inch and a half on the B1 when extended. Blade size is compared here as well, the B1 packs much smaller as predicted.

B1 vs B2 shovel side profile comparison

B1 vs B2 shovel side profile comparison

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Handles are the same length collapsed, the B2 has another inch and a half on the B1 when extended. Blade size is compared here as well, the B1 packs much smaller as predicted.

Is this shovel compatible with storing any...

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Is this shovel compatible with storing any of the BCA probes in its handle?

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BCA has actually discontinued the practice of putting the probe in its shovel. After speaking with the rep the company believes that those two tools should be two separate entities to ensure efficiency during a rescue situation. They do make one with a saw in its handle, http://www.backcountry.com/backcountry-access-arsenal-shovel-ext-with-a2-blade-and-28cm-saw. The old one you were looking for is currently out of stock http://www.backcountry.com/backcountry-access-arsenal-shovel-w-240-probe-companion-blade-bca0106.

5 5

Bombproof

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yea it is a shovel and yea they all do the same thing. Or do they? I have used many a shovel and I really like this one. It is not the lightest shovel out there but it can dig with a shovel twice its weight and size. I snowmobile a lot and therefore get stuck a lot which means a lot of shoveling. This thing moves the heavy crap, cuts great pits and stash's in a nice small package.