Anne Kitzmiller wrote a review of Bear Vault BV500 Bear Resistant Food Canister on September 27, 2012
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
We went on a backpacking trip with 5 people for 4 days in Ansel Adams and we had both this canister and 2 Garcias. Both got the job done, but it was easier to pack the bear vault because of its shape, and it comes in handy to be able to see what's inside. It was primarily used as a stool around camp and then stashed away at night. It is difficult to get open, but they are supposed to be!