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2015/16 dealer Catalog


Table of Contents Float™ avalanche airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Stash™ packs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Tracker™ avalanche beacons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Scepter™ poles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Stealth probes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Snow study tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Avalanche shovels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Snow study and skins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

BC Link™ group communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Educational resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

BCA: The “A” is for “Access.” The “Access” in Backcountry Access means a lot more than just getting after it in the mountains. From our beginnings in 1994, our gear has been designed to make backcountry riding and snow safety more accessible to the mass market. By more accessible, we mean widely available, affordable, and easy to use. The Tracker DTS was the first avalanche transceiver designed for use by the recreational masses. Twelve years later, we designed our Float airbags to be more affordable, lighter, and easier to service than our European competitors’ airbags. And now our BC Link is making professional-level communications standard among the recreational crowd. We’ve taken special care to make sure that our customer service and product development staff are fully accessible to our end users. We’ve listened and we know what they want: Value, not unnecessary features, boutique pricing, or slick salesmanship. Great products and great value–accessible to the mass market: that’s how we’ve become the most trusted name in snow safety.

2015/16 Products

Float 8

BC Link European Edition

Float 22

Scepter Carbon

Float 32

Scepter Aluminum

Scepter 4-Season


stay afloat

BCA athlete cody barnhill floats the chugach, valdez, ak. photo by mark fisher.

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™ AVALANCHE AIRBAGs According to the latest research, your chances of survival are twice as good if you’re wearing an airbag than if you’re not. With that kind of statistic, why doesn’t everyone use one? Because until recently, they’ve been too heavy and too expensive. Enter BCA’s Float system. BCA Float systems live up to their name: they’re light, affordable, and easy to use. We’ve gone out of our way to make them the lightest and most affordable airbags in their volume categories. We also have the world’s most extensive network of cylinder refill and exchange centers. Like all of our products, we back them up with industry leading consumer education and exceptional customer service. In 2015-16, we’re expanding our product line to include the Float 8 airbag pack, as well as a redesigned Float 22 and 32–both with more adjustability, carrying features, and progressive styling.

New Float 8™ Our low-profile, minimalist model for mechanized access and freeriding. Also offered as the Float 8 Compatible System, Pack Only. Slim and lightweight with enough volume to carry rescue tools. Features integration for BC Link™ radios, hydration sleeve, and multiple anchor points to carry external tools with straps (provided by user).

Pack volume: 488 cu. in. / 8 liters (with system) 915 cu. in. / 15 liters (without system) Weight: 5.6 lbs / 2,538 g (full system with full cylinder) 4.1 lbs / 1,888 g (full system without cylinder) 2.5 lbs / 1,126 g (pack only) Color: Orange U.S. patent: #7,878,141

*Cylinders are sold separately. *Optional snowboard carry attachment sold as accessory.

New Float 22™ Our medium-sized Float pack for close-in backcountry riding.

Enough volume to carry rescue tools, climbing skins, water and an extra layer. Features integration for BC Link™ radios, hydration sleeve, left or right side trigger mount, fixed leg strap, dedicated shovel/probe sleeves, dry main compartment, diagonal ski carrying system, internal mesh pocket, hip pocket, helmet sling, and snowboard attachment loops. Pack volume: 1,343 cu. in. / 22 liters (with system) 1,770 cu. in. / 29 liters (without system) Weight: 6.6 lbs / 2,992 g (full system with full cylinder) 5.2 lbs / 2,342 g (full system without cylinder) 3.5 lbs / 1,580 g (pack only) Color: Black, Ion Green. U.S. patent: #7,878,141

*Cylinders are sold separately. *Optional snowboard carry attachment sold as accessory.

New Float 32™ Our full-featured pack for dedicated backcountry junkies carrying all the essentials.

Features integration for BC Link™ radios, hydration sleeve, left or right side trigger mount, fixed leg strap, dedicated shovel/probe sleeves, dry main compartment, diagonal ski carrying system, vertical snowboard carry, dual ice axe carrying system, compression straps, compression formed back panel with internal support stay, adjustable waist belt for optimized fit and sizing, internal mesh pocket, dual hip belt pockets, waist belt gear loops, fleece lined goggle pocket, and helmet sling. Pack volume: 1,953 cu. in. / 32 liters (with system) 2,380 cu. in. / 39 liters (without system) Weight: 7.1 lbs / 3,218 g (full system with full cylinder) 5.6 lbs / 2,568 g (full system without cylinder) 4.0 lbs / 1,806 g (pack only) Color: Black/Red, Blue/Ion Green. U.S. patent: #7,878,141

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*Cylinders are sold separately. *Optional snowboard carry attachment sold as accessory.

Compatible System, Pack Only.


Float 27 Tech™ Our most technical airbag pack, for ski mountaineering and riding in complex terrain. Features panel access, zippered tool compartment, lined goggle pocket, hip belt pockets, stowable helmet carry, load lifters, diagonal ski carry, dual ice axe carry, compression straps, left or right shoulder strap trigger mount, fixed leg strap, height adjustable trigger, daisy chain, hydration sleeve, and compatible with snowboard carry attachment.

Pack volume: Weight: Color:

1,650 cu. in. / 27 liters 6.9 lbs / 3,132 g (full system with full cylinder) 5.4 lbs / 2,482 g (full system without cylinder) 3.8 lbs / 1,720 g (pack only) Yellow

U.S. patent: #7,878,141

*Cylinders are sold separately. *Optional snowboard carry attachment sold as accessory.

Float 42™ Designed for pros, ski patrollers, guides, and those prepared for long days–or overnights.

Features panel access, zippered tool compartment, lined goggle pocket, hip belt pockets, stowable helmet carry, load lifters, diagonal ski carry, dual ice axe carry, compression straps, left or right shoulder strap trigger mount, fixed leg strap, height adjustable trigger, daisy chain, hydration sleeve, and compatible with snowboard carry attachment. Pack volume: 2,560 cu. in. / 42 liters Weight: 7.3 lbs / 3,322 grams (full system with full cylinder) 5.8 lbs / 2,672 grams (full system without cylinder) 4.2 lbs / 1,910 g (pack only) Color: Red U.S. patent: #7,878,141

*Cylinders are sold separately. *Optional snowboard carry attachment sold as accessory.

Float Compressed Air Cylinder Sold separately.

The refillable Float compressed air cylinder is the power and driving force behind our Float system. When the Float trigger is pulled, it activates the release of 2,700 psi (186 bar) of compressed air, inflating the airbag. Always make sure your cylinder is full and connected correctly before heading out. Shipped full unless requested empty by purchaser. Weight full:

1.4 lbs / 650 g

Snowboard Carry Attachment Attaches to back panel on all Float models. Carries snowboard horizontally. Weight full:

4.9 oz / 140 g

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EASE OF USE WHEN IT MATTERS MOST

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BCA SALES MANAGER andy wenberg works the debris with his tracker3. Photo: jeff cricco


™ AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVERS Saving lives is what we do best. We invented the digital multi-antenna avalanche transceiver and now we’re always pushing it to the next level. Our Tracker avalanche transceivers are the most widely used in North America—with a reputation worldwide as the industry benchmark in ease-of-use and simplicity.

Tracker3™ Tracker’s legendary ease-of-use in a smaller package.

The Tracker3™ has Tracker2’s renowned ease of use and instantaneous real-time display–and it’s 20 percent smaller and lighter. Designed to be “pocket friendly,” T3 is the thinnest multi-antenna transceiver available. Signal suppression and Big Picture modes for no-nonsense multiple-victim searching. Weight: 7.6 oz / 215 g including batteries, not harness. Dimensions: 4.5” x 2.8” x 0.9” / 11.5 cm x 7.1 cm x 2.4 cm Frequency: 457 kHz Power supply: Three AAA alkaline batteries Warranty: 5 years limited All beacons include harness and batteries. U.S. patent numbers: 6,167,249 & 6,484,021, B

Tracker2™ North America’s best-selling avalanche transceiver.

Industry leading ease of use, real-time display, and triple receive antenna. An intuitive mechanical search/transmit switch makes it easy to use right “out of the box.” Includes special mode and multiple burial indicator lights. Weight: 9 oz / 255 g includes batteries, not harness. Dimensions: 5.2” x 3.2” x 1.1” / 13.2 x 8.2 x 2.7 cm Frequency: 457 kHz Power supply: Three AAA alkaline batteries Warranty: 5 years limited All beacons include harness and batteries. U.S. patent numbers: 6,167,249 & 6,484,021, B

Tracker DTS™ The world’s first digital multi-antenna transceiver.

The beacon that started the digital revolution. And still going strong. With a long track record for value, durability, and reliability, the Tracker DTS™ has been an industry staple since 1997. Weight: 9.2 oz / 260 g includes batteries, not harness. Dimensions: 5.5” x 3.2” x 1.1” / 14 x 8.1 x 2.8 cm Frequency: 457 kHz Power supply: Three AAA alkaline batteries Warranty: 5 years limited All beacons include harness and batteries. U.S. patent numbers: 6,167,249 & 6,484,021, B

DTS Rescue Package Our most affordable backcountry package.

Includes: Tracker DTS, Stealth 240 probe, and Bullet shovel.

T2 Rescue Package Make your dollars go farther, with our advanced backcountry package.

Includes: Tracker2, Stealth 270 probe, and B-1 EXT shovel.

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AVALANCHE prob es / EVERY SECOND COUNTS BCA’s Stealth Quick-Lock probes feature the fastest assembly on the market, with no loose cable to cause hangups. The top segment stealthfully nests inside the next probe section, reducing the number of segments and size of the probe bundle when disassembled in your pack. Depth markings are on all models for measuring snowpack and/or victim depth to determine the dimensions of the excavation area before shoveling.

Stealth 240 Compact, lightweight and economical. Weight: Extended length: Collapsed length: Diameter:

9.5 oz / 270 g 7’ 11” / 240 cm 15.7” / 40 cm .43” / 1.1 cm

Stealth 270 Our mainstream probe for the advanced recreationist. Weight: Extended length: Collapsed length: Diameter:

10.9 oz / 310 g 8’ 10” / 270 cm 17.7” / 45 cm .51” / 1.3 cm

Stealth 300 Our burliest probe for professionals and those traveling in deep snowpacks. Weight: Extended length: Collapsed length: Diameter:

12 oz / 340 g 9’ 8” / 300 cm 19.7” / 50 cm .51” / 1.3 cm

Stealth 260 Carbon Our lightest probe for the weight-conscious crowd. Weight: Extended length: Collapsed length: Diameter:

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8.8 oz / 250 g 8’ 6”/ 260 cm 16.9” / 43 cm .39” / 1.0 cm


AVALANCHE shove ls / DIG HARD. PACK SMALL. Our bombproof line of shovels have an oval shaft and welded, “ferrule-less” blade, making them stronger and more packable than any of our competitors. The weak point of most shovels is where the shaft connects to the blade. This is where we put the attention to detail and strength. An oval shaft, welded construction, and T6 heat treatment give our shovels unbeatable strength and mean our Bomber shovels live up to their name.

B-1 EXT Our most popular shovel. Extendable and packable.

B-2 EXT Our mid-sized shovel for pros and advanced recreationists.

Telescopic handle and unbeatable strength-to-weight ratio.

The ultimate tool for those as serious about digging and snow safety as we are.

Weight: 1.3 lbs / 600 g Blade dimensions: 9.8” x 10” / 24.9 x 25.4 cm Collapsed handle & shaft length: 16” / 41 cm Assembled collapsed length: 22” / 56 cm Extended: 28.75” / 73 cm

Weight: 1.6 lbs / 720 g Blade dimensions: 10” x 11” / 25.4 x 27.9 cm Collapsed handle & shaft length: 16.5” / 42 cm Assembled collapsed length: 24” / 61 cm Extended: 31” / 79 cm

B-52

Bullet

Our working shovel for industrial use–and for building huge kickers.

Our price-point package shovel.

Weight: 2.1 lbs / 960 g Blade dimensions: 11” x 13.3” / 27.9 x 33.8 cm Collapsed handle & shaft length: 21” / 53 cm Assembled collapsed length: 30.5” / 77 cm Extended: 40” / 102 cm

Weight: Blade dimensions: Handle & shaft length: Assembled length:

D-2 EXT

A-2 EXT with SAW

Dig like a machine.

Locked and loaded for safety.

Move huge volumes of snow with our largest blade and big D-grip handle.

The ultimate tool for “strategic shoveling.” You’re pulling instead of lifting, using less effort. The Dozer is the most effective hoe shovel available, with positive slip-proof grips on both the shaft and blade. Easily converts to traditional shovel. Weight: 2.1 lbs / 940 g Blade dimensions: 10” x 11” / 25.4 x 27.9 cm Collapsed handle & shaft length: 18” / 46 cm Assembled extended hoe length: 24.5” / 62.6 cm Assembled extended shovel length: 31.9” / 81 cm

Fixed length shovel made of 5000-series aluminum. Round shaft and traditional ferrule. Available only in the DTS Rescue Package. 1.2 lbs / 551.5 g 9.5” x 8.5” / 24 x 21.5 cm 16” / 41 cm 25” / 64 cm

29 cm wood/snow saw stows in shaft. Our Arsenal shovel is functional even when the saw is deployed. Weight: Blade dimensions: Collapsed handle & shaft length: Assembled compressed length: Saw blade length: Saw total length:

1.9 lbs / 880 g 10” x 11” / 25.4 x 27.9 cm 17” / 43 cm 25” / 64 cm Extended: 30.5” / 77 cm 11.5” / 29 cm 16.25” / 41 cm

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G ROU P COM M UNICATION / Never alone Maximize your line–and your safety. Work through complex terrain as a team with our two-way radios optimized for winter. Strong group communication is the key to any successful day of adventuring. Find separated friends, communicate plans, stick your line and share observations in real-time with the BC Link group communication system. The Smart Mic user interface is located at your fingertips, meaning you never need to dig the radio out of your pack to change settings.

BC Link™ Safer touring through real-time communication.

Includes radio base unit connected to Smart Mic. Designed to be worn with all backpacks. Optimized for use with BCA’s line of Stash packs. Now available in a European Edition. Weight: Smart Mic dimensions: Base unit dimensions:

12.0 oz / 340 g 3.3 x 1.0 x 1.8” / 8.0 x 4.0 x 4.5 cm 2.5 x 2.0 x 6.0” / 6 x 5 x 15 cm

SMART MIC - 22 FRS and GMRS channels + 121 sub-channels in North America; New 8 PMR446 channels + 38 sub-channels in Europe; - Radio includes option for pre-set channel selections; - Compatible with all standard FRS/GMRS and PMR446 radios; - Waterproof to IP56 standards; - Secure cord connection and alligator clip for shoulder or sternum strap; - Glove-friendly controls, optimized for easy handling; - On/off and volume control; - Channel control; - Push-to-talk button; - Loudspeaker; - Earphone jack; - Battery indicator. BASE UNIT - Rechargeable 3.7V lithium ion battery provides up to four days of battery life in cold weather. - Base unit can be clipped to belt or stashed inside backpack.

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Dash longe deep in pillows, Selkirk range, BC. Photo: mark fisher


stash packs / Organized for adventure Our popular Stash packs have a cult following–and are now compatible with our innovative BC Link™ group communication system. All BCA Stash packs come with our freezeproof Stash hydration sleeve, zippered “mud room” compartment for snow safety tools, and integration with our BC Link™ radios.

Stash 20™ Our in-bounds/out-of-bounds pack for aggressive freeriding.

Panel access, zippered tool compartment, lined goggle pocket, BC Link™ radio integration, stowable helmet carry, vertical snowboard carry, diagonal ski carry, dual ice axe carry, and hydration sleeve.

Volume: Weight: Colors:

1,220 cu. in. / 20 liters 1.8 lbs / 820 g Black, blue

Stash 30™ BCA’s most versatile Stash pack for all-day charging.

Panel access, zippered tool compartment, lined goggle pocket, hip belt pockets, BC Link™ radio integration, stowable helmet carry, vertical snowboard carry, A-frame and diagonal ski carry, dual ice axe carry, and hydration sleeve. Volume: Weight: Colors:

1,830 cu. in. / 30 liters 2.9 lbs / 1,320 g Black, blue

Stash 40™ Our pro/guiding/diehard pack for those carrying the full arsenal of gear. Panel access, zippered tool compartment, lined goggle pocket, hip belt pockets, BC Link™ radio integration, stowable helmet carry system, vertical snowboard carry, A-frame ski carry, dual ice axe carry, and hydration sleeve.

Volume: 2,440 cu. in. / 40 liters Weight: 3.1 lbs / 1,410 g Color: Black

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Sce pte r Poles / Function for the Backcountry Our new Scepters are designed with snow safety and touring in mind. Grip is optimized for use without straps, which are included, but easily removed. The Scraper Grip allows for easy scraping of snow off your top sheets to save weight when breaking trail. Utility hook on front of grip enables easy mode changes on boots and bindings.

New BCA Scepter Carbon Alum

New BCA Scepter Aluminum

New BCA Scepter 4s

Our lightest pole for the weight-conscious crowd.

Our mainstream pole for all backcountry travels.

Our collapsible all-season pole.

BCA Scraper Grip allows you to easily push snow off your top sheet when breaking trail. This keeps you from dragging extra weight and saves your legs for when it matters most. Serves as a pole retention feature when skiing strapless. Grip includes a utility hook on the front side for flipping risers and boot buckles. Carbon upper shaft with sprayed on grip texture for lightest chokeup grip possible. Shaft: Carbon Upper, 7075 aluminum Weight: 8.3 oz / 235 g (single pole) Sizes: Adjustable 105 cm - 145 cm Color: Carbon-Grey Grip: BCA Scraper Grip, rubber overmold Strap: Adjustable webbing Basket: BCA Concave Hex Basket Tip: Carbide

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Features BCA Scraper Grip and utility hook. Upper shaft features sprayed-on grip texture for lightest chokeup grip possible.

Shaft: 7075 aluminum Weight: 8.8 oz / 250 g (single pole) Sizes: Adjustable 105 cm - 145 cm Color: Orange-Grey Grip: BCA Scraper Grip, rubber overmold Strap: Adjustable webbing Basket: BCA Concave Hex Basket Tip: Carbide

EVA Grip and chokeup sleeve provide maximum comfort and grip with thin or no gloves. Folding mechanism allows pole to collapse and easily store on or in pack. Basket allows folded shafts to nest and secure together for the tightest controlled storing solution. Shaft: 7075 aluminum Weight: 9.7 oz / 275 g (single pole) Sizes: Adjustable 110 cm -130 cm, 43 cm collapsed Color: Yellow-Grey Grip: EVA and EVA grip sleeve Strap: Adjustable webbing with soft touch liner Basket: Folding pole specific, nesting BCA Concave Hex Basket for easy storage Tip: Carbide


SNOW STUDY TOOLS / elevate your game Many avalanche courses require their students to bring their own snow study tools. Ours were designed in conjunction with North America’s leading avalanche educators. The more reliable data you collect, the more reliable your decision-making will be.

BCA Snow Study Kit Durable fabric carry case with a variety of pockets and slots includes all tools on this page. Each are also sold separately.

Slope Meter

Aluminum Crystal Card

Measure the slope angle and use the compass for determining slope aspect. Angle range: 0˚ - 60˚

Includes snow grain classifications, slope angle map tool, and 1 mm and 3 mm grids for snowpack evaluations. Dimensions: 6 x 4” / 15 x 10 cm

Analog Thermometer

10x Magnifying Loupe

Includes sling for hanging from ski tip when taking measurements. Temperature range: -40˚C to 70˚C (-40˚F to 158˚F)

Built with a sturdy folding metal base and glass lens.

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SNOW STUDY AND ski ns

Photo: Andy Dimmen

35 CM Saw

Field Book

2 Meter Ruler

Cuts both wood and snow. 35 cm length is ideal for isolating columns in snow stability tests.

Developed by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), and compliant with the American Avalanche Association (AAA) SWAG standards.

Folding ruler for measuring snowpack depths and layers.

Magic Carpet™ Skins Glide up the skin track like you’re on a magic carpet.

Made with fast, yet grippy water repellent Nylon plush–and glue formulated for cold North American temperatures. Designed to accommodate the widest and most rockered skis. Our tip and tail hardware is compatible with most ski designs, including rounded twin-tips. The included trim kit gives you the tools you need to cut your skins to fit any sidecut. Available widths: 115 mm, 130 mm, 145 mm

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Photo: Josh Kling


E ducational r esou rces TRACKER2

1 Signal Search

20m

20m 40m

40m

N

S

2 Coarse Search

path

Low Moderate Considerable High Extreme Pockets of next danger level

avalanche

E

avalanche path

W

3 Fine Search

single searcher search path multiple searchers search paths

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˝ ˝ CM CM

1.5 x burial depth

Backcountryaccess.com/education An industry resource for both recreationists and pros. Includes:

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Basic avalanche awareness guidelines; Videos on pre-trip planning, group communication, and rescue techniques; Downloadable Powerpoints for teaching both skiers/snowboarders and snowmobilers; First-hand accounts of successful companion rescues and airbag deployments; Resources for finding avalanche educators; Worldwide listing for checking avalanche conditions; Complete list of BCA Beacon Training Parks; Library of our industry-leading research on rescue technique, strategic shoveling, avalanche statistics, and human factors.

BCA “Backcountry Assessor” App Plan your tour, check the avalanche forecast, measure slope angle/ aspect/elevation, and locate your nearest BCA dealer and refill/ exchange center. BCA’s new app also provides an info checklist for reporting an injury–including auto-populated GPS coordinates. Available for iPhone only.

freeride

Gateway BCA Essentials package Tracker DTS Alpine Trekker Magic Carpet skins Stash 20/Stash 30

Float 8/Float 22 Tracker2/Tracker3 B-1 EXT shovel Stealth 240 probe Stash 20 BC Link Scepter Aluminum poles

Social Media Follow us on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on BCA products, snow safety techniques and epic stories. Stay ahead of the curve by learning from our library of videos on the BCA YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/BackcountryAccess.

backcountry Float 27 Tech/Float 32 Tracker2/Tracker3 A-2 EXT/B-2 EXT shovel Stealth 270/260 Carbon probe Magic Carpet skins Stash 30 BC Link Scepter Carbon poles

Mass Market

Pro Float 32/Float 42 Tracker2/Tracker3 B-2 EXT/D-2 EXT/B-52 shovel Stealth 300 probe Magic Carpet skins Stash 40 BC Link Scepter Carbon poles

Targeting Your Customers We’ve crafted our product line to target four different segments of the outdoor market–including two positions in the “mass market.”

Living up to the “access” part of Backcountry Access, we have a product offering for every user group: from lower-cost, entry-level “gateway” products to higher-priced, higher-performance products for professionals. The meat of our product line is within the mass market, where we target both resort-oriented freeriders and the fully committed backcountry crowd. See the chart above to match your BCA product offering to your clientele.

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Photo: Josh Kling Cover photo: Jeff Cricco/Helitrax

Backcountry Access, Inc. 2820 Wilderness Place, Unit H Boulder, Colorado 80301 USA 800.670.8735 www.backcountryaccess.com

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