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Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Spray - 8.1 oz.

    Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Spray - 8.1 oz.

    Counter Assault Bear Deterrent spray is designed to drive away bears in the event of an attack.

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    Item # 623173

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    • Contains 2% Capsaicin and other Capsaicinoids, red pepper derivatives that affect the eyes and respiratory system, staving off attack
    • Spray reaches 12 to 30 ft. and empties in approximately 7 sec.
    • Counter Assault Bear Deterrent spray includes a safety cap to help prevent accidental discharge
    • Use with extreme caution—if not used properly, it can disable the user, rather than the bear

    This product is not able to be shipped to the state of Massachusetts.

    Made in USA.

    Item 623173

    This item contains hazardous or flammable materials and is restricted to surface shipping only. Online orders for shipment to Alaska must be picked up at any Alaska REI store (follow options for Free Shipping to REI Store when ordering); shipment to any other Alaska address is not offered. Sorry, this product cannot be shipped to Hawaii, APO, FPO or international addresses.

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    Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Spray - 8.1 oz. Specs
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    Backpacking
    8.1 fluid ounces
    2 x 8.5 inches
    11 ounces
    Volume
    Dimensions
    Weight

    Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Spray - 8.1 oz.

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    Rated 4.05/5 based on 20 reviews
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromDon't Leave Home Without It I never hike in bear country without bear spray - neither should you.
    Date published: 2014-06-26
    Rated 3out of5
    by fromsemi-effective; be careful. We had to use this on a black bear in California. It was completely ineffective at 25 feet. Only at about eight feet did this act as a mild deterrent. We got the impression that the bear simply found it annoying, and that it would be totally useless in an assault situation. In the end, it saved our food cache and an expensive backpack from total decimation, but I would absolutely not rely on this stuff as a deterrent against attack. I give it a 3 for saving our food/gear, and I'll probably carry it in the future, but I would prefer a spicier version!
    Date published: 2008-08-06
    Rated 3out of5
    by fromA necessary evil The safety clip is not very effective. When attached to the outside of the pack the movement breaks it free. Not something you want to happen and is very strong similar to CS spray. Never ended up using it even with several bear encounters in Glacier. If on sale then buy it otherwise not really needed if the group your with is making enough noise.
    Date published: 2010-06-26
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromThe one REI product you never want to use It's like the fire extinguisher under the sink. You want it there, but you never want to have to pull it out. The Counter Assault is one of those products. If you camp in bear country, you need this in an easily accessible location. If someone says, "Bears, just take a gun." Don't listen. I don't believe there is a handgun that will stop a bear without a perfect shot. It's inconspicuous, it's safe, it will chase bears away, and it's virtually impossible to use incorrectly. I recommend trying it out with a quick squeeze -- outdoors, wind at your back, no pets or people around -- just to get a feel of it. I wear while hiking in the back country, have the holster hanging near the camp kitchen, and keep it in the tent with me at night. I've never had to use it in real life, and hope I never do...but you do need to be cognizant of the expiration date, and buy a new one as necessary.
    Date published: 2014-05-08
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromWorth it for the mental peace Didn't actually have to use this baby, but it puts your mind at ease just carrying it through. (when your neighboring 400 grizzlies in northern Montana, you'll appreciate having it.
    Date published: 2007-09-11
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromcan't fly with it! from what i've heard these bear sprays really do work; however, TSA doesn't allow them on airplanes so be warned, if you plan on flying to your destination then don't pack this, they won't allow it!!
    Date published: 2008-07-16
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromMakes for a safer experience My dog and I were attacked in our neighborhood last summer by another dog, so I bought this and bring it on all our walks now. It makes me feel safer and isn't too big to carry while walking. We also carry it when camping on day hikes. I've never had to actually use it but I read a lot of reviews before purchasing and it seems like it has worked for others in the past. I'm glad I carry it and hope I will never have to use it.
    Date published: 2010-07-17
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromSounds Good Haven't used it yet, but would not like to be caught out in bear country without it.
    Date published: 2013-07-26

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