As the title says, I view these, and all bear canisters, as nothing less than a necessary evil. I don't enjoy cramming these things into my pack, and carrying their extra weight. I relish the trips where my food can go in a simple ziploc bag in my pack. That being said, the BV450 is good at doing what it's supposed to do, and with a minimal amount of hassle. I would, however, like something a bit smaller and lighter, more suited for solo weekend trips. I may go with a Bare Boxer Contender 101 for that, but I will hold onto my Bear Vault for everything else.