Backcountry Access BC Link 2.0

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Backcountry Access BC Link 2.0 and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 90 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.3 stars 
Expert Rating: 5 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 25

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • 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.

Expert Reviews

  • 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:

User Reviews

  • 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.

Expert Reviews

  • 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.