Hoe before you go. Really the tag line for avalanche safety is know before you go, but you also better be sure you have an avy shovel that switches into hoe mode. With the BCA RS EXT you get exactly that in a lightweight but also fully extendable avalanche shovel. With tons of improvements over the original hoe shovel you can now save weight and space in your pack all while having a bomber shovel that can move snow quickly when time is of the essence. T6 heat treatment and a neckless blade along with an ergonomic grip and holes in blade allow you to use this as a snow anchor. The BCA RS EXT shovel is the simple, well-thought out shovel that should be in you pack every time you head out into the BC.