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Cuts down on weight, not strength.

If you're all about blazing up the skin track to get a few turns in before work, than you're a prime candidate for the Backcountry Access Stealth 260 Carbon Probe. This wickedly lightweight carbon probe has the strength needed to poke through the snowpack without weighing down your minimalist kit.

  • Super-light, full-strength carbon components withstand winter's harsh elements
  • Lighweight, 1cm-diameter probe easily compacts and fits into your backcountry pack for convenience
  • Easy assembly cuts down on rescue time when you're in a hurry
  • Permanent depth markings allow you to identify burial depth
  • Note: as always, get proper avalanche training and practice using your gear before venturing out into the backcountry

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4 5

Great locking system

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I just got this probe this year. To be perfectly honest, I don't know why I chose to get the carbon version of the stealth probe. Maybe if you aren't teaching classes and using your probe a lot, you can get away with the carbon version, but after a couple of weeks of teaching awareness classes, this probe broke. It cracked and although it is still functional, it snags when deploying it on the wire. I was literally talking about how amazing this probe is when it happened...so I will definitely be getting the stealth probe again, but will not get the carbon version. The locking system is the fasted system that I have seen yet. Super easy to use, no wasted time, and a great probe. However, take note that if you are using this probe over and over again to practice or teach, you may want to consider the aluminum option.

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To add to the review above?BCA has been great with warranty on this item.

5 5

Well designed and executed

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The probe is exactly what I wanted. It's light, clearly marked, and the deploy/lock mechanism is the easiest and simplest that I have seen (better than the BD, Ortovox, and Pieps probes I've used). Nothing needs to be screwed, tightened, or tensioned. I agree that the probe practically assembles itself before hitting the ground.

Fortunately, I have yet to use it to locate somebody. I didn't ski much avalanche terrain this season, but I usually carry it on backcountry days in VT to check snowpack depth and loading in different spots. It's a must-have in avalanche terrain, but it's light enough that I don't mind carrying it otherwise just for a few tests.

5 5

Super fast and light!!

So fast to use, assemble and disassemble, depth markings are clear and large, light and easy to pack. Extremely well made..... If you don't want to waste time this bad boy covers it all

5 5

The lightest

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are looking to shave weight for long tours drop in on this probe. I've been using it in my tour bag and couldnt be happier.

5 5

Jaw dropping performance

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

The first time I laid hands on this probe I was dumbfounded at how light it was. Featherlight comes to mind yet doesn't quite do it justice. Aside from the low weight is its performance. The probe ASSEMBLES BEFORE IT EVEN HITS THE GROUND, even on my first try it went together that quick. That is damn near unheard of and when every second and gram counts, this s the probe I grab.