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Backcountry Access - BC Link

Backcountry Access BC Link

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$112.46 Original price:$149.95
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    Tech Specs

    Material:
    [case] polycarbonate
    Dimensions:
    [Smart Mic] 3.3 x 1.0 x 1.8 in, [base unit] 2.5 x 2.0 x 6.0 in
    Channels:
    22 FRS/GMRS, 121 sub-channels
    Recommended Use:
    backcountry touring, hiking, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty:
    3 years limited

    BC Link

    As an experienced backcountry traveler, you know the importance of having a plan, being equipped with the proper gear, and staying in contact with your group at all times. Apart from changing conditions and gear malfunctions, one of biggest variables you'll encounter in the backcountry is group communication—help boost communication with the BCA BC Link Group Communication System. This lightweight microphone and radio/battery pack keeps the lines of communication open whether you're making an on-mountain change of course while backpacking, warning of an on-going slide when you're backcountry skiing, or coordinating search and rescue efforts in the event of an emergency.

    Designed to fit neatly with BCA's Stash series of packs, this two-way radio will grab onto any ol' pack you have. Both units are designed to be water- and dust-resistant to deal with snow and storage. Equipped with 22 FRS and GMRS channels and 121 sub-channels, the BC Link delivers near-constant clarity when conveying critical information. You'll be able to stay in touch with others not lucky enough to have this little number since it is compatible with all standard FRS/GMRS radios. The base unit can clip to your belt or pack, or you can stash it inside a pack pocket. You also get a 2.5-mile line-of-sight range and up to 140 hours of battery life. The 3.7-Volt lithium ion battery can be recharged, so you've no excuse for not being fully prepared for any excursion in the wilderness, be it snow-covered or summertime.

    • Group Communication System with Smart Mic and base unit
    • Water- and dust-resistant to IP56 standards
    • 1-watt maximum power
    • 2.5-mile line-of-sight range ensures adequate coverage
    • 40 hour maximum battery life keeps unit running all day
    • Temperature operating range between -4F to 158F
    • Smart Mic is compatible with 3.5mm TS or TRS earphone plug

    Poor Range Poor Battery life- looks cool

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought two at the same time. I ride areas with a lot of trees and there is poor reception. 1/4 mile is pushing it. One of the radios functions worse than the other. I can hear people talking to me, but they cannot hear my response and then the radio cuts out. The clip doesn't stay attached to my shoulder strap and the mic flaps around.

    Cool but

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These have great functionality and battery life is unbelievable, but range is absolutely terrible. The bang for buck is not quite there even at a discounted price. If you are in close range, great, but anything outside of half mile or less, terrible. Would not buy these again.

    Backcountry skiing essential!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Along with beacon shovel probe the BCA radio is a backcountry essential. Communication with your group as well as others in the area is key in staying safe. The radios are super easy to use and battery does well in the cold. Also integrates seamlessly when used with BCA backpacks . Be mindful of the base unit to smart mic connection. A must have for backcountry travel.

    Love it

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These are awesome, great range on them.

    cool. but...

      These are super cool in theory. But the range on them is not too great. Frequently cut out when they should really be in range.

      Would you be willing more specific as to how far away your cut-outs occurred? Was it within a mile? Line-of-sight or obscured? Etc? Thanks.

      Solid radio

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I used this radio for ~2 years and really liked it. Never had any technical issues. Always found it valuable, particularly when skiing in high alpine terrain or heavily treed terrain where tree wells might be an issue. It's really helpful to be able to communicate with your BC partner(s), especially should you lose site of them, or simply to share important real-time info on hazards, weather, or snow conditions.

      Better than shouting your head off

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Got these to help with communication in the backcountry because I'm new to ski touring and they really do help. It's nice not having to yell all the time. It's nice for the first person going down to give us beta on the line and where to go/not go. It's nice if you have a terrible sense of direction and lose your party in the trees. It's nice if you're the slowest in the group and your friends are wondering where you are, but not so worried that they'll slow down enough to stay in sight. Yea, def go get these.

      Mediocre solution to a need

        Used these in Switzerland and Colorado two separate seasons. Idea is great but this solution is just mediocre and expensive. The push to talk button is poorly integrated, small and requires too-small a target to hit when used with gloves. Additionally the mic has an awkward anchor that takes some facilitation since if it is positioned incorrectly no one can hear you. You really need to crane your neck and point it at your mouth while talking to be heard by someone on the other end. My friends who I convinced to buy these were unimpressed so rarely ended up wearing them. When we did it helped a lot because no one wants to dig out a phone on the mountain.

        best used for apres-ski in-bar communication and recon. "cutie at 12 oçlock" -- "copy that"

        Highly Recommended

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Good communication is key for safe travel in the backcountry. As an IFMGA mountain guide and ski guide I spend on average 100+ days a year skiing off-piste from resorts, touring in the backcountry as well as Heli-skiing. In all these pursuits having a good radio to communicate with our guest and other guides is paramount. The feature that sets this radio apart from it's competitors is the ingeniously designed Smart Mic. It's glove-friendly controls are optimized for easy handling and is located at your fingertips, meaning you never need to dig the radio out of your pack to change settings. Smart Mic Unit provides push-to-talk button, on/off switch, volume control, battery indicator, loudspeaker, channel selection, and an earphone jack. The battery charge lasts multiple days with normal use and easily recharges in a few hours from full drain.
        Below are other key features that comes with it.
        - 22 FRS and GMRS channels + 121 sub-channels ensure minimal interference.
        - Radio includes option for pre-set channel selections.
        - Compatible with all standard FRS/GMRS radios.
        - Designed to be worn with all backpacks.
        - 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.

        Safety Staple

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Communication in the backcountry has never been easier - this radio is the perfect device for keeping track of your friends and giving line beta. Super easy to use and compatible with every backpack I've used!

        A safety must

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I can't say enough good things about these radios. Inside the pack body with external hand unit is well thought out. It integrates well with my bca pack. It does okay with my non-BCA packs. Range is great. Overall, very dependable and will save your bacon in communication meltdowns.

        BC Link radio

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Works great, good range , bought 3 for snowmobiling. Help with communication when in trees and you can't see each other, or to notify others of conditions ahead. Battery life good for 2 full days, haven't tested a third, recharged before that.

        worth it

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Reliable, easy to use. good range. the multi channel toggle is really easy to program and switch between stations. great quality.

        This is a great tool

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is a great tool. The radio is easy to use, and I appreciate the battery life which can be up to 2 all day outings in cold weather.
        The range is great, 2+ miles through non-libe of sight backcountry (what?!?) And the shoulder clip is genius.

        It's a 5 star tool when it's fuctiona, however I have ran into some reliability issues.
        1- connector will sometimes unlock itself die to rough radio management of the base unit.
        2 - at lower battery levels, often the unit won't transmit.

        Safety is ALWAYS worth it.

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        New purchase. I recently picked a set up as a Christmas present for a friend and myself. We have already been able to get tons of use out of the new purchase. Easy to use, great battery life, and great range.

        Great for skiing but also hunting!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These radios are awesome! Very user friendly. They stand the test of cold like non other and they have a strong single. The battery life is also really solid. If you are in the market for radios then look no further.

        The Gold Standard

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        After way too many incidents with inferior walkie talkies in the backcountry such as poor range, freezing up and lack of convenience, I finally pulled the trigger on a pair of BC Link radios and will never look back. Everyone in my group uses these religiously when we are skinning in the backcountry and have found that we communicate more frequently and effectively when we have radios that are as easy and convenient to use as these. Beacon, probe, shovel and BC Link radio. Every. Single. Trip.

        The Gold Standard