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You're not food. Let's keep it that way.

Nature is great. Until you get eaten by a bear. So next time you're on a solo trip into bear country, bring along the Bear Vault BV450 Bear Resistant Food Canister. With 440 cubic inches of space, this rugged polycarbonate container keeps up to four days worth of supplies and food out of the mouth of hungry bears. An extra-wide, tool-free opening and transparent design let you quickly find the grub you're looking for. Slip this lightweight Bear Vault canister into your pack or use the handy strap-guides to attach the BV450 to the outside of your pack and enjoy a safe trip.

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4 5

Yogi Proof

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This nifty contraption stops Yogi Bear from raiding your pic-a-nic basket. Also keeps the other critters away, keeps food dry, and doubles as a handy dandy camp chair. Only downside is that it is hefty in weight and takes up a large volume in your pack. This, along with a smaller dry sack that we hung in the trees, was able to fit our food for 2 humans for just under a week.

5 5

Convenience

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Great product. I had a hard time justifying the extra 2 lbs. After 15 miles in the trail the last thing you want to do is hang a bear bag. It just makes sense. It is definitely worth the extra weight.

Convenience
5 5

BV450

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Holds all I need for a few days in the back country. Works well as a seat if needed and it is nice to be able to see where your stuff is at. It is not difficult to open. Read the directions and you will be fine.

4 5

The Mini BV500

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I work as a backpacking guide in Yosemite. Sadly, bear cans are necessity with which I am very familiar. I've used the BV500 for ages, and picked up a BV450 recently for solo trips and climbing trips where I have to have a can. Much of this review is a cut and paste from my BV500 review, as the cans are identical except for size.

There are two major advantages to the BV series that makes me lean a bit toward them over other options. The lid, though not watertight or waterproof, is rainproof. If you keep the can sitting right side up in the rain (or heavy overnight condensation) then the contents will remain dry. This is not the case with the Garcia. The lid on the Garcia is recessed, and it will take on rain, leaving the contents soggy and sad in the bottom of a very small and dark kiddy pool. The frequent solution is to simply turn the Garcia over when not accessing it, which works perfectly. However, if someone forgets, or isn't familiar with this weakness of the Garcia, then you're back to the food in the kiddy pool.

The other advantage is that you do not need a tool, blade or other item for leverage to open the BV. To open the can you push, quite firmly, into the outer edges of the lid to cause two tabs on each side of the can to pass over a little squared lip, allowing the lid to be unscrewed. The Garcia requires a coin, knife, or some other implement to open. Not a big deal, but it can get old sometimes. However, if its really chilly and your hands are cold, pushing the lid in on the BV can be an exercise in sadism. Having a tool to easily open the Garcia in those circumstances can be a bonus. With that being said, if you're going to be in *cold* bear country then I'd suggest going with the Garcia.

Quick note - Bear Vault recently changed the design of the lid and made them significantly easier to open by thinning the plastic where you push. It requires far less pressure than it once did. So again, advantage goes to the BV's over the Garcia.

4 5

Good Vault.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This was a saving Grace in Glacier NP. The rangers kept informing us that we had bears circling us so we stuffed snacks and dry food in the canister for backpacking and it worked great. For over night jaunts, this will hold food for two. If you are going on a longer trip, you may want to upgrade to the larger version. Very difficult to open, but hey, isn't the point?

5 5

Does what is intended...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It is more simple than many other bear canister type products on the market and does its job well. Its a freaking bear box though so what else can be said about it?!?!

Great color?!

-NO

Great fashion sense?!

-NO

ITS A BEAR CANISTER THAT KEEPS BEARS OUT... PRRRRRFECT!

Also, I think the smaller size is best. If you pack correctly this thing is great. Dry foods and snacks and it can work for two people for sure.

(NOTE:Keep in mind I live, work, and play in Yosemite. TRUE!)

4 5

Used it twice

Had to use a tool to open it in cold temperature. It had enough room for one person on a 3 day hike. If I had the time and energy I would exchange this for the larger version since you have to store non food items in it as well. It was tough cramming everything inside the first night.

Used it twice
5 5

Did the Job!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This was perfect for backpacking, gave us a great place to store all the food at night and fit easily into our packs. About the same size as our cookset.

4 5

Great but smaller than expected

Got this canister because it was required for back country use in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park. Was in the back country for 4 days and the canister seemed like it would be of enough size; but after food, snacks and toiletries it was definitely packed. Glad I didn't go for 5 days.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Required for back country use in Rocky Mountain National Park...worked great!

4 5

easy open with a faux credit card

we love our bearvault. stuffed 4 days for 3 persons in vault on our latest canoe camping trip. we camp in the ADK mts. I would like to see the video of a bear opening this 'cause I sure have my doubts about the rumor that a bear can open it. I use a faux credit card . I put the card between the lock and the clip and twist and it slides easily, do it twice for each clip. saw a kid do it on youtube. love that I can see where my food is and not have to take everything out to search for one item. I put reflective tape around it to find it at night for a last minute snort.

Has anyone used the "strap guides" to...

Has anyone used the "strap guides" to attach to the outside of the pack? Does this work well at all or is it best to just carry it in-pack?

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Lashing on a can externally is bulky and cumbersome. It's not that it doesn't stay on, just that it adds to the size of your load enough to be a pain in the ass in lots of different ways. If you gotta, you gotta, but if you have the room, carrying it in-pack is definitely the way to go.

5 5

Solo Weekend Bear VS Can

I do a lot of solo weekend trips or with new groups where I bring everything of my own to make sure I'm well stocked and prepared. I typically use a 65L backpack on most trips and this fits in perfectly where I can still pack clothing and other loose gear around it snuggly. This canister is great for a 3 day trip for one person. It fits everything from my food to my misc scented items so that I still have food in the morning in lieu of me being the food for a bear. I've used it on dozens of occasions and never have had a problem. I recently was in Yosemite where overnight I woke up to hear a bear go by my tent and proceed into my camp toward the canister, it was tossed and turned for a while as I stayed up listening for just a bit. I could only picture a circus bear juggling that blue container around for a while till it got bored. When I woke up the next morning it was about 15 feet away, but still closed tight. The canister beat the bear...this round.

4 5

If you gotta have one...

Because in some places you just need to lug a bear can...might as well get a smallish one. I can fit about 4 days worth of food in this guy and that's good enough for me. Perhaps not the can to get if you hike in the Adirondacks...as word on the street is that some bears there can open them. For most other places, however, this seems to be a solid choice. I have read that the top can be tough to open...which I didn't necessarily find to be the case. If you follow the instructions it WILL be hard to open because the textured area you are supposed to push on is indeed very very hard to push. Instead, if you push the very corner of the notch in the lid as it meets the catch, you can slip it under the catch with little pressure. Hope no bears are reading this.

5 5

A must have.

Even when not in bear country this is a must have. Keeps you food fresh and dry. Also makes for better packing if you ask me. I got the BV450 and I can fit about three to four days worth of snacks and food.

5 5

If your gonna get a bear bag dont, get this

The keg is great,carrying it is not. Its unavoidable to not bring one of these into a park. The smaller size is large enough to carry food for two for a weekend. I have not yet had it tested by a real animal.

If your gonna get a bear bag dont, get this
5 5

Necessary Evil

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.

Necessary Evil
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My buddy Hemlock stumbling through camp in the foreground, the group's BV450 in the background. Obviously a pre-coffee photo...