We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Backcountry Access BC Link 2.0 and summarize the results below:
PeakScore: 90 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.3 stars
Expert Rating: 5 stars
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 25
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Good range and very easy to use.
- Range was adequate but some interference at about 0.5 mile distance.
- Battery life and re-designed microphone are better than previous version.
- Radio stays on channel and volume level better than original version.
- Rechargeable battery.
- Battery holds charge for multiple days and recharges in a few hours when fully drained.
- Compatible with BCA backpacks and some other brands.
- Easy to use.
- Smart Mic remote speaker microphone enables NOAA weather radio and allows you to turn the radio on and off and switch channels through the microphone.
- No need to dig the radio out of your pack, due to Smart Mic function.
- Buttons and knobs functional with gloved hands.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- A little bulky and heavy.
- Communication only reached 150 to 250 yards at most, on level ground.
- Poor sound quality with lots of static.
- Stopped transmitting after one month of use.
- No battery charge indicator.
- Screws holding the microphone to the main body failed.
- Talk button and microphone awkward to use, though easier than trying to use a cell phone on the mountain.
- More expensive than other two-way radios.
- Cannot program channels that would require a license to use outside of emergencies.
- Battery is not removable, so you cannot bring extra batteries.
The Backcountry Access BC Link 2.0 radio is an easy-to-use backcountry communication tool . Most users report good range and glove-friendly controls, though a few reported defects. While pricier than other radios, the remote speaker microphone is compatible with BCA and other backpacks, and enables communication while the radio is safely stowed in a pack.
Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1, 2, 3, 4.