BCA BOMBER AVALANCHE SHOVELS – ALL MODELS
How is avalanche shovel different than a regular snow shovel?
An avalanche shovel is more compact than a regular snow shovel. BCA bomber shovels can be detached from the shaft to be easy to pack and carry into the backcountry. Research has shown that the shoveling phase is the most time consuming aspect of an avalanche rescue. With this in mind, we’ve designed our line of BCA avalanche shovels to dig in the most efficient way possible, saving you valuable time and energy.
What makes the bomber shovel so strong?
We have designed our shovels to be the lightest and the strongest shovels on the market. Bomber shovels are made of 6061 aluminum alloy which is the same material commonly used in the construction of airplanes and bike frames. The oval shaft design helps disperse the stress forced on the shaft when lifting or moving heavy material. Our oval shafts are strongest along the major axis, in this case being the vertical axis that takes on the majority of the load. The ferrule of the shovel blade is welded to the back of the pan for continued strength along this load-bearing axis. The blade is constructed for torsional stability through reliefs that enhance the rigidity. This construction allows our Bomber shovels to have an industry leading strength-to-weight ratio.
How do I attach the external shovel carry attachment to my Float pack?
Download our Float External Shovel Carry Attachment Instructions to learn how to properly attach the external shovel carry attachment without impeding the airbag functionality.
A-2 EXT WITH SAW Avalanche Shovels
Which BCA packs are compatible with the A-2 EXT WITH SAW Arsenal shovel?
The A-2 EXT Arsenal avalanche shovel is compatible with all BCA Float avalanche airbags and Stash packs.
Does the included saw cut through wood?
Yes, the saw on A-2 EXT Arsenal avalanche shovel the is designed to not only help make perfect snow pits but also to cut wood. The corrugated saw teeth allow for a wider cut, which decrease the friction on the saw, making the cut easier when deeper in the wood. Furthermore, the saws have been beefed up with a stronger and thicker metal that is still flexible at cold temps.
B-1 EXT Avalanche Shovels
Which BCA packs are compatible with the B-1 EXT shovel?
The B-1 EXT avalanche shovel is compatible with all BCA Float avalanche airbags and Stash packs.
What is the advantage of an extendable shovel over a fixed length shovel?
Having an extendable shaft can create more leverage and is more comfortable when shoveling for long periods of time.
B-2 EXT Avalanche Shovels
Which BCA packs are compatible with the B-2 EXT shovel?
The B-2 EXT avalanche shovel.is compatible with all BCA Float avalanche airbags and Stash packs.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a larger blade?
The argument is that the person shoveling can move more snow with each shovel but can also fatigue quicker. With a smaller blade, each shovel moves less snow, but the person shoveling may be able to shovel for longer. A larger blade is nice for bigger jobs such as digging snow pits, shelters and jumps. The B-2 EXT shovel weighs more than the B-1 EXT shovel.
B-52 Avalanche Shovels
Which BCA packs are compatible with the B-52 shovel?
The B-52 will fit in all BCA Float packs with the exception of the Float 8. However, it does not fit inside the designated sleeves but only in the main compartments of the Float 22, Float 32 and Float 27.
How does the B-52 avalanche shovel compare to the Chugach shovel?
The B-52 is being made with 6061 Aluminum Alloy that is consistent with the rest of the shovel line-up; making it lighter, more packable, and stronger than the Chugach shovel from previous years.
What is the advantage of having such a large shovel?
The B-52 is designed for moving large amounts of snow for building jumps, snow shelters or digging out your snowmobile.
D-2 EXT Avalanche Shovels
Which BCA packs are compatible with the D-2 EXT Dozer shovel?
The D-2 EXT Dozer Hoe avalanche shovel is compatible with the Float 42, Float 32, Float 27 Tech, Float 22, Float 8 and Float Throttle avalanche airbags (handle only fits in main storage compartment), and All Stash Packs.
What is the advantage of the D-2 EXT Dozer Hoe Shovel in comparison to a traditional shovel?
The Dozer Hoe shovel can be used in both a traditional and hoe mode. The hoe mode allows the person shoveling to move more snow with less effort. With the Dozer in hoe mode, the shoveler can sweep or drag the snow away in one motion, which conserves energy and moves snow more effectively and efficiently.