Backcountry Access BC Link

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Backcountry Access BC Link and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 92 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.4 stars 
Expert Rating: 5 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 153

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Smart Mic has glove-friendly controls for ease.
  • Smart Mic Unit features a push-to-talk button, on/off switch, volume control, battery indicator, loudspeaker, channel selection, and an earphone jack for accessibility.
  • The battery charge lasts multiple days and recharges in a few hours from a full-drain.
  • Secure cord connection and clip for shoulder or sternum strap.
  • Compatible with standard FRS/GMRS radios.
  • Integrates well with BCA pack.
  • Adequate range of about 2+ miles through backcountry.
  • Easy to set up.

Expert Reviews

  • Features NOAA weather radio.
  • The lithium battery provides 140 hours of running time.
  • 22 FRS and GMRS channels, plus 121 sub-channels to provide versatility.
  • Features on/off/volume control and ability to change frequencies from the remote speaker/mic.
  • Designed to keep radio portion secure in your pack, while the remote speaker/mic can be clipped to your strap.
  • BCA states the radio conforms to standard IP56, and is waterproof.
  • Both the hand mic and base unit cases have durable metal fasteners.
  • Features lanyard mount to enable hanging from the inside of your pack.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Push-to-talk button is small and is hard to accurately press with gloves on.
  • If the mic is positioned incorrectly no one can hear you.
  • The connector will sometimes unlock itself.
  • Unit may not transmit at lower battery levels.
  • Channels may accidentally get changed if you bump the dial, even if you lock the channel.
  • The microphone piece comes unplugged from radio occasionally.

Expert Reviews

  • Lacks a charging/charged indicator that works when the handset is disconnected.
  • Waterproof, but may not withstand being submerged in water.


The Backcountry Access BC Link is a durable two-way radio with minimal frills and a long battery life. It provides users with the ability to reliably communicate in backcountry and front country settings for extended periods of time.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3.