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A shaft that extends ten inches? Revolutionary.

The Backcountry Access Extendable Tour Shovel System saves your back when you’re digging snow pits. This shovel extends out to 34 inches for smooth digging, while the easy-to-hold oval shaft and T-grip handle make working with gloved hands easy. The Tour Shovel System stows Backcountry Access’ Companion six-foot probe inside the shovel shaft for a compact package in your pack. The strong, 6061-series aluminum blade powers through set-up snow like a hot knife through butter.

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does this shovel include the probe???.....

does this shovel include the probe???.. or does it just have a spot built in for one you already have???

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Yes, this system does include a 6 foot (180cm) stowable probe.

5 5

Sick Shovel for some bitchin kickers

This shovel is whats up for gettin down wtih buildin your own kickers!

3 5

Shovel nice, probe too short

Shovel is great, lightweight and will fit in any bag as it collapses up real nice. The collapsible pieces have frozen up on me a few times and needed some serious prying to separate the handle into pieces.

Probe is way too short and lightweight. I realize I may be asking too much out of this system but it isn't worth buying this combo if you truly plan to put the probe to use.

3 5

Great Shovel, Sucky Probe

This shovel is definitely a good buy. It's sturdy and efficient. I haven't had to rescue a friend with it thankfully, but it worked great on all exercises and practice rescues in the avalanche safety course I took this year. The probe however sucks. It's small diameter and only 6' long. It takes forever to put together since it doesn't autolock and has to be screwed together...even with practice and 6' just isn't long enough. If my buddy has a probe this short, I'll let him carry my Black Diamond 300 in his pack...and I'll carry the six footer. Great shovel, but buy a real probe!

5 5

i dig this shovel

It does the job and builds sick booters for those back country shred sesh's. It breaks down real nice so I can stash it in my satchel and it doesn't hold me back from killin the gnar of the sicky fresh pow-pow

Shovel comes with a probe, but does the...

Shovel comes with a probe, but does the 23 oz stated weight include the probe?

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It does. Are you sure? I ended up ordering the non-extendable version from another source (not available at Backcountry) and it weighs 23 oz w/ the probe. Seems like a longer handle must weigh at least a little bit more.

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Any thoughts as to this shovel/probe combo...

Any thoughts as to this shovel/probe combo vs. the Voile (part VOL0066)? From what I can tell the BCA has a substantial weight/packability advantage, but sacrifices probe length. Thoughts, anyone?

The product description says the probe is...

The product description says the probe is NOT included but Cory's response says it is...please confirm.

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Check out the picture below, this should clear things up.

which bca probe goes with this shovel? it...

which bca probe goes with this shovel? it doesnt come with, i have to buy it separately, right?

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This shovel includes a 6ft/1.8m, 5oz/141g aluminum probe.

4 5

Get the long one

I have not used the extended version but I own the non-extendable version and I hate it because it's way too short.