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Boulder, CO. Nov. 12, 2001–(BCA Press Release) Backcountry Access (BCA) has introduced a new line of low-profile packs that might have solved the so-called “winter hydration problem.”
The company’s new Stash pack series is designed for backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and mountain snowmobiling. It features an integrated winter hydration system with a hose and valve that are concealed and insulated within the shoulder strap. In conventional hydration systems, the hose and valve are the most likely components to freeze during winter use, even when insulated. BCA’s new Stash system solves this problem by actively warming these components with body heat and fully concealing them from the elements.
The new line consists of two models: the Stash and the Stash bc. The Stash is designed for lift-accessed adventure skiing and snowboarding and for mountain snowmobiling. There are no straps or other features on the outside of the pack that can get caught on chairlifts, tree branches, or moving snowmobile parts. The pack’s low profile also means that it can be worn on a chairlift without having to be removed. The Stash bc is designed for backcountry day tours. It features more cubic inches of volume, more pockets, and dedicated ski and snowboard attachments.
Both models feature a storage system in the main compartment for an avalanche shovel and probe. By securing all safety equipment within the pack and keeping the pack securely attached to the body, this equipment cannot be lost in the event of an avalanche.
Backcountry Access is a manufacturer and distributor of backcountry touring and avalanche safety equipment, based in Boulder, Colo. In 1994, BCA introduced the Alpine Trekker, a ski touring adapter for downhill skiers. In 1997, the company introduced the groundbreaking Tracker DTS avalanche beacon, the world’s first digital avalanche transceiver–and now the best-selling beacon in North America. And in 1999, BCA introduced its Companion Shovel and Probe and its Low-Fat Climbing Skins, both of which have gained a substantial share of the U.S. market.
The Stash and Stash bc will be available in the fall of 2001 at specialty outdoor retail shops across North America. Suggested U.S. retail prices are $109.95 for the Stash pack and $145 for the Stash BC, both including the hydration bladder. Without the bladder, they will retail for $20 less.
For more information about Backcountry Access, log on to http://www.bcaccess.com/