The Backcountry Access Tour Shovel System—raising the bar in shovel integration and design.
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Get a real probe
The shovel is adequate and of high quality construction. As for the probe, it is way too short for actual use.
Nice and compact
Nice bit of lightweight compact kit for the vacation skier, if I was on the backside of the mountain everyday I'd probably want a longer probe and bigger shovel. For me this is a good compromise for my needs (side country skiing).
Light but pretty useless
The system is light, but pretty much useless for building a snowcave or, more importantly, saving a buddy in an avalanche.
The probe tension cable snapped after the second assembly (which BTW takes a while to assemble) and we will see if BCA warranties it. I have been happy with the BCA Stash rider pack and would have expected the same quality in their other gear.
Why I sent this back
Although this shovel and probe combo seems like a good deal, I decided to return it because the probe was too short (only about 180cm) and flimsy. It was recommended to me that the probe should be at least 300cm and sturdier than this one which has to be flimsier so it can fit in the shovel handle.
know that the probe isn't like super high quality, but at least its something. Shovel is very durable and light so if your looking for a sweet combo, go for it! I like that its fixed because i do snow caves.