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Old 01-07-2013, 12:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well maybe they'll get their quality control issues under control.

K2 Sports buys snow safety pioneer Backcountry Access (BCA) | Backcountry Access I Avalanche Rescue and Snow Safety Equipment: Avalanche beacons, transceivers, ABS, avalanche airbags, avalanche shovels and probes

Did not see this one coming.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yea wow seems like over the last couple years there seriously pushing to be a real backcountry equipment provider....fine by me I've always had good luck working with K2 support.
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... and mammut owns snowpulse, they're not just licensing the technology.

hopefully this means good things to come - K2 is trying to be an innovative company for bc right now.
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That is interesting. didn't see that coming either.

Kind of mixed feelings on it all, but K2 definatly as the money and brain power to do big things.

I just picked up a new shovel after my BCA shovel started to shows signs of bending where the handle and blade met. shovel only seen one season of ordinary use. Wouldn't trust my bros life to that thing.
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lol - i bought a new shovel last season after a well-used mammut started bending.... and i ended up getting a K2 - it is very well designed...
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interesting...I'll ask some kids that are sponsored by bca


it does make some sense with the bc explosion in the pnw
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Sounds like they're planning to keep BCA intact, which I read to mean their engineers and other related staff as well as the namebrand. Provided they actually follow through and don't change their minds after a couple yrs, this could be a great thing. Having K2 $$ for R&D and marketing should result in some much-improved gear...
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lol - i bought a new shovel last season after a well-used mammut started bending.... and i ended up getting a K2 - it is very well designed...

Yep I have the K2 BackSide Backcountry shovel it's great and seems really sturdy......lets hope I don't have to use it for anything besides building kickers and digging the truck out in the parking lot.
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from a financial view its a wise move. backcountry riding is growing fast.
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The Mountain Shop here in Portland carries K2 as their splitboard rental fleet. I have used their gear for clients without their own splits and they seem solid...
You're talking about the K2 Panoramic right? I came really close to pulling the trigger on their full split kit during Evo's end of season sale last yr. Luckily for my wallet it sold out while I was deliberating.
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