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Bear Vault BV450 Solo Bear Resistant Food Canister

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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.

    Proposition 65 Warning for California Consumers: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm.

    • Food canister made for backpacking in places with bears
    • Smaller size ideal for solo storage
    • Innovative lock tabs within screw top for secure closure
    • Built-in guides tie the canister down in backpack for easy packing
    • Item #BRV0005

    Tech Specs

    ⚠️ WARNING
    This product can expose you to chemicals including Bisphenol A, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
    Material
    polycarbonate
    Volume
    440 cu in
    Dimensions
    8.7 x 8.3 in
    Claimed Weight
    2 lb 1 oz
    Recommended Use
    camping, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Not a fan...

      I had this same bear vault years back ended up giving it to a buddy. With all the new park requirements of bear cans now I had to buy a new one for an upcoming trip. The new one is not the same. I can’t even open it properly. You have use part of a knife, or multi tool to get the tabs pressed in effectively...

      If I knew this I would of purchased one of another designed. 100% regret purchasing this...

      IT WORKS!

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

      This bear canister works! I got the 440 for solo multi-day in Desolation Wilderness here in NorCal. First off, this canister (with proper packing) can easily fit up to three days worth of food for one person. I put this canister to the test day it showed up on my front door, and didn't think it get the full force of a bear the first time, but it did! First time taking it out I woke up to the noise of a black bear trying to break into the canister. After scaring the 200+lbs black bear off I checked the damage. Just a bunch of scratches and bite marks, but no damage that hindered its ability to keep a bear out! If bear spray isn't an option and you don't want to deal with the hassle of hanging bags then just go with this canister.

      IT WORKS!

      Does the Job

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      First, it works and serves its purpose. It is bulky, my deal was if I bought it I would not have to carry. So I'm totally satisfied. It makes a better drum than seat. Keeps my food secure!

      Saves me trouble

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I bought this last year to take on my backpacking adventures since I typically struggle with getting my food hung high enough in trees to keep camp safe. It's been a lifesaver to just throw my food and the dog's food in one location just outside of camp and not worry about it.

      Keeps Out Animals and Is A Seat

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Like all bear cans it is heavy but it has good carrying capacity. For two people it works fine for weekend trips, pair it with the larger version and we have had enough room for 5 day backpacking trips. Having it double as a seat is nice compensation for the added weight to my pack. An added bonus is it is an approved bear can for many national parks.

      Bears Love Beats

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

      Bears get hungry too, and there is no better way to keep them out of your food than storing it in this super tough bear canister. Unless you are at a nice camp area with those giant metal bear boxes, I would say those are superior.
      But assuming you are a true adventurer and you are hiking into your camp like a boss, this is the best way to keep your food safe from bears.

      Perfect Size

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

      I was torn between the 450 and the 500, and ended up ordering the larger one but returned it immediately. The 500 was HUGE - way too much unless you're packing for 4+ people on a multiple day trip. The 450 is perfect for 2 people on a 3-4 day trip.

      Keep the critters out

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Keeps your food in and the bears out! Also great for protection from squirrels and chipmunks, aka micro bears. I'm honestly more worried about them than real bears. They're sneaky little buggers. This size is perfect for an overnight for two or several days solo.

      Better Safe than Sorry

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

      I recently purchased this bear canister for a backpacking trip and it seemed to get the job done, although we didn't run into any bears it was great to know that my food was safe and the canister also made a comfy seat around the fire while cooking dinner. This canister was a bit larger than I thought, probably suitable for a long weekend for one or an overnight trip for two and it is a little heavier than I expected, but definitely worth the weight to know the bears won't be stealing your breakfast. It was also a little tricky to figure out the unlocking mechanism, so I would recommend practicing a few times as you pack before your trip. After a few times unlocking it, I figured it out.

      Great, but hard to open

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

      This bear vault is a great size and construction for short trips, but a little difficult to open sometimes. My friend showed me a trick where you use a credit card... but I still struggled opening it sometimes. The clear walls are great though- you can see whats inside without digging around or taking everything out. Great for 3 people for one night or 1 person for 3 nights.

      Seat and food security.

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

      I like that it's see through, definitely makes it easier to find what you are looking for. Great for a short trip to add stove and other gear. Size isn't great for an extended trip but overall satisfied with the product.

      No Bear

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

      No bears… Will I purchased this item to test it out for a future hike. I am used to hanging my food, to save ounces. I was not sure on the size I got the 550 first and realized how huge it was. I purchased the 450 one for ease to use in the back pack. I used in on a 4 day trip for an initial test. Was very impressed with it held the food great, had to use a stick in the cold morning to open. Will I will still hang food to save the bulk of backpacking 2lbs food storage a bit for me. However will plan on the using for the John Muir Trail in August of 2018, where it is a requirement.

      Bear Vault

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This works well for me on a solo trip, or for me and one other on a shorter trip. I have noticed that when it's cold out and my fingers are less dexterous, I can really struggle with the opening mechanism. Otherwise, it's functional and sturdy and doubles as a stool. Would recommend

      No worries

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I bought this Bear Vault for backpacking while working for the Forest Service. The see-through design is nice since you don't have to rummage through all your food to get at something specific. This is a big advantage, especially at night. You don't need a tool to get into into it, but can require a little bit of muscle to get open. This is a good thing. It also works well as a seat because it doesn't mess up the thread as long as it's all the way closed.

      "Tool Free Opening?"... has it's moments

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

      weight was good and I love the fact that it's clear, so easy to spot your goods. Can't speak to effectiveness because, well, no bears. Only got 4 stars because opening it at home and packing wasn't a big issue. However, if you're tired, or hungry, or cold, or altitude sick, or a combination of some or all, it's a pain to open. I ended up just using my fixed blade to push in the nobs to get it open, which, I guess you want since it is a bear canister.

      It's a Bear Can and a Seat!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This is the perfect size for me and my extended weekend outings. If you wanted to pack it for a week it probably wouldn't hold enough. For me it is the perfect size. I even fit my stove and utensils with hygiene products and meals. And while I'm cooking, it doubles as a seat!

      Regarding opening the can...it is tough. It's REALLY tough when it's 20 degrees out and your fingers are numb to the bone. The plastic does seem to stiffen...or my fingers seem to weaken. I recommend leaving it in the sun when you stash it and then when it's time to open push directly on to the nub that locks it. I tried for 15 minutes on the indentation on the lid before moving to the nub. Much easier!

      Huh, hard to open. I 'spose that's good.

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

      My plan is to use this vault as I spend some time this summer camping in remote Alaskan wilderness - coincidentally where the world's highest concentration of grizzly bears reside. For now, however, I am content to simply attempt to open this container, a feat I have yet to accomplish.

      It is a great place to put food that you are sick of roommates stealing from you and eating.

      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?

      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.

      Are these approved in all National Parks

      Are these approved in all National Parks

      Best Answer

      Since there is not actual single authority that says what is and isn't approved for all National Parks there is no blanket answer. Each park has their own process for evaluating bear canisters and bags, You're best bet is to get in touch with the actual park you want to visit and get a list of approved containers.

      Would Tom Hanks, in the movie "Cast Away",...

      Would Tom Hanks, in the movie "Cast Away", had better luck getting into one of these things then the coconuts he was throwing at the volcanic wall? Because, from the reviews, it sounds as if these things are a bit difficult to get into. Are shards of volcanic rock necessary for the job?

      "Cast Away" - starring Tom Hanks - brought to you by FedEx.

      Nah, these are easy to get into (unless if you have really cold hands). Unfortunately, you've probably figured out that bears sometimes get into these as well. I was in Sequoia NP a few weeks ago and some of the rangers weren't big fans of this particular canister. I prefer (as well as some park rangers prefer) using a different bear canister, but we don't sell that kind on Backcountry, unfortunately.

      This bear canister is easy to get into, even in freezing temps. I use a titanium spork, so I use that as a wedge to gently allow the tabs to slide against each other. The older canisters weren't as flexible where the tab is. The newer double tab canisters are a little bit easier to depress. I'd say use anything you like to cheat the tabs, just ensure you aren't damaging the canister.

      Is the BV 450 large enough for 1 person...

      Is the BV 450 large enough for 1 person for 7 days?

      Nancy and I have done several three day backpacking trips with this canister using dehydrated food and minimized packaging. So, that is four-person-days worth. Of course, the first day's food does not go in. On longer than three day trips, we have to go with a larger canister.

      Nancy and I have done several three day backpacking trips with this canister using dehydrated food and minimized packaging. So, that is four-person-days worth. Of course, the first day's food does not go in. On longer than three day trips, we have to go with a larger canister.

      I have this version and used it on a 7 day backpack trip in Yosemite... It worked great, but only after I took all my dehydrated food out of the original packaging and vacuum sealed it. ;) Don't forget cut out & include the instructions though, ha!

      Dumb question? It'll keep out bears, but...

      Dumb question? It'll keep out bears, but there aren't any in IN. Will it keep out racoons, skunks, squirrels, etc.? Thanks, Russ