Backcountry Access releases new Dozer avalanche shovel series
March 17, 2022
/OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – The Dozer avalanche shovel series, new to Backcountry Access (BCA) for winter 2022, is designed to shovel snow efficiently and effectively when it matters most. Six new Dozer avalanche shovel models offer options ranging from lightweight recreational shovels to do-it-all professional-level shovels to shovels with hoe-mode capability.
With regard to their complete redesign, BCA co-founder Bruce Edgerly explains, “We’ve learned a lot about shoveling over the last decade or so and wanted to optimize our shovels for the latest digging techniques—and to meet the new UIAA standards for avalanche shovels.” These new UIAA standards specify that because avalanche shovels are a critical piece of safety gear, they must meet requirements for tension and bending. The Dozer shovels meet all these specifications.
BCA’s new ovo-concave shaft is the first of its kind in the avalanche shovel world. It prevents breakage when prying debris and enables the user to maintain a better grip when moving heavy loads. A flat “stomp edge” at the top of the shovel blade allows the user to stomp on the shovel to break up hard debris. The front third of the Dozer shovel blade is smooth, creating smooth snowpit walls when performing snow stability tests. Self-actuating spring pins enable fast assembly and deployment.
The BCA Dozer avalanche shovel line comes in three blade sizes: size 1, 2, and 3, and two grip types: the T-grip and D-grip. For example, the lightest avalanche shovel, the Dozer 1T-UL, has a small blade and T-grip. The Dozer 2D has a medium blade and D-grip and the Dozer 3D has a large blade for heavy duty use. The Dozer 2H, with a medium blade and T-grip, is unique as it converts to hoe mode to provide added efficiency when “paddling” chunks of debris without lifting.
“Shoveling is the most demanding and time-consuming phase of most avalanche rescues. At BCA, we innovate to save lives, not just for the sake of innovation itself,” Edgerly remarks. “Even though it’s not sexy, a stronger, lighter shovel can actually make a big difference on the debris pile.”
After supply chain delays, select BCA’s Dozer shovel models are now in stock on backcountryaccess.com.
About Backcountry Access
Backcountry Access (BCA) is a leading manufacturer of snow safety equipment, including BCA TrackerTM avalanche transceivers, FloatTM avalanche airbags, BC LinkTM radios, MtnProTM snowmobile gear, avalanche probes, and shovels. BCA’s mission is to save lives, not just sell products. BCA considers avalanche education to be as important as its avalanche safety equipment and delivers all its products with consumer education and knowledgeable customer service.