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Keep bears from inviting themselves to your feast! The BearVault BV500 container features simple access, light weight and large volume.
Durable polycarbonate construction keeps the weight light and the inner volume high
Large rainproof lid features a snapping bump/tab locking mechanism and screws on and off easily without the use of tools
Dimpled exterior keeps tie-down straps from shifting and eliminates the need for a carrying pouch
Translucent vault makes finding your meal selection easy
Container helps suppress strong odors from food, sunscreen, insect repellent, soap and toothpaste, lessening the chance of bear vs. human conflict
Hand wash in warm water with a mild dishwashing detergent
With the lid fully closed the BearVault also makes a great camp seat
This BearVault model has approval from both the Sierra Interagency Black Bear Group and Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee
Store BearVault at least 100 yards downwind of campsite, preferably in the shade to keep contents cool
Never keep a bear canister inside your tent!
There is a bear in the Marcy Dam area of the Adirondacks in upstate New York that has learned to open BearVault food containers. BearVaults are approved for use everywhere except the area encompassing the Lake Colden/Marcy Dam corridor and the Johns Brook valley in the Adirondacks.
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Rated4out of5bySmackyfromStrong but HeavyI have only used this on a couple short trips into the Sierras. Nothing long term.
The construction is actually great, and I never had an issue opening it even in snowy conditions. My only issue would be the weight, and obviously how it takes up a fixed type of space in your pack.
I have opted to just carry a ball of 5/50 cord and sling both my food bag and trash over a tree branch at night to save the extra weight. 2 lbs is unfortunately too much for my taste, but its very well made. I would use something that provided this protection only if it was under a pound, but we havent gotten there yet!
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated5out of5byCad-OrangefromAwesome•Perfect for storing food on trips with marmots, squirrels or bears. No need to fuss with hanging food in a tree.
•Perfect camp seat
•You can look at this thing and understand that it will take up space and be heavy, but think of all the junk you can cram in it and you don't have to pack an extra camp chair.
•I have taken this on many multi-day including week long backpacking trips where weight and space is an issue but I wouldn't have not brought this.
For those of you going where there are marmots. Make sure you put everything in it, including the nylon kitchen sink, they will steal that too!
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated4out of5bygreatdane91fromGood volume, great designI brought this on my 21 day backpacking trip of the John Muir Trail, where bear bins are required. At one point we fit 10 day of food in it and it was great being able to see inside when digging for something on the bottom. They also make great camp stools!
The only downside was it being tough to open when it was cold.
Date published: 2013-12-04
Rated3out of5byAumboyfromNot a necessary evil...I thought this would be awesome. It has large mouth, and clear body (so you can see stuff inside), plus it's lighter than the alternatives (aside from non-approved kevlar bags). First trip with it I realized the folly of it's design. First, I couldn't get it in my Opsrey Atmos 65 in a horizontal position, unless I put it in the very bottom. Not good. Second, this thing is freaking impossible to open in cold weather. The lid requires to hands to operate (one to try to turn it, and one to push the lid in to get it past the lock tabs). In sub-freezing temperatures, this thing is ridiculous. I realize you want to keep bears out, but it's nearly adult-proof as well. My friends who have them have cut the tabs off, or don't lock it - because it is so difficult to open. To me, it's size/shape is a problem - it should fit in my pack, and it should be REASONABLY easy to open. I'm taking it back...
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated4out of5byShadfromGood Bear VaultThis Bear Vault had the best weight/size to internal volume I could find in this price range. Was able to pack 6 days of food for 2 people in it.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated5out of5byFannmanfromBetter Safe Than SorryAfter repackaging - this container held enough food for a five day backcountry trip for two people. It is heavy but it has to be to offer the protection that it does.
Easy to load, easy to use, secure.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated4out of5byESMOMfromHeavy, but works wellI recently used this on a two day trip into the Eastern Sierra. The size was perfect, but it was a bit heavy. It is difficult to open and, after reading the review, I was concerned that I would not be able to open it in the mornings (when I really need coffee!) I ended up using non-slip shelf liner (the stuff used in motorhomes to keep items from moving) and a small screw driver to help with opening. It worked perfect!
Date published: 2013-10-01
Rated2out of5byScoutmasterfromTo hard to open especially when it's colToo difficult to release the lid locks especially when your hands are cold.
Date published: 2013-09-26
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