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BearVault BV450 Solo Food Container

    BearVault BV450 Solo Food Container

    Lighter and more compact than other bear canisters, the BearVault BV450 gives solo hikers a secure way to stow their food. See details

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    Lighter and more compact than other bear canisters, the BearVault BV450 gives solo hikers a secure way to stow their food.

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    Lighter and more compact than other bear canisters, the BearVault BV450 gives solo hikers a secure way to stow their food.

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    Lighter and more compact than other bear canisters, the BearVault BV450 gives solo hikers a secure way to stow their food.

    • 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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    BearVault BV450 Solo Food Container Specs
    Best use
    7.2 liter
    440 cubic inches
    8.7 x 8.3 inches
    2 lbs. 1 oz.
    Gear capacity (L)
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    BearVault BV450 Solo Food Container

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    BearVault BV450 Solo Food Container is rated 3.7647 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, not Great Things that are great about this bear can: 1) Clear so you can easily see what you're looking for 2) Lightweight in comparison to other bear cans 3) Good capacity 4) No tools needed to open* The Bad: 1) Lid is able to be tightened down very hard. Conversely it makes it tough to twist off if you really crank it down. 2) The Locking mechanism is poorly executed. It's difficult to open on a good day, but can be done fairly easily with practice. However, before I bought it, I read the reviews about it being tough to open in cold weather and thought, "How hard could it be?" Let me tell you it is VERY difficult to open in cold weather. And I'm not talking about snow and ice, I'm talking abut when you get up in the morning and it's chilly outside. Your fingers will take a beating trying to open this thing. Yes you could use a tool or knife if you absolutely had to, but for me it's not worth the risk of slicing off a finger in the back country. All said, I will continue to use this because of the positives, but only until I find a better designed bear can.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Difficult to open when it's cold I bought this canister for a weekend backpack in San Gorgonio Wilderness where bears do roam about. This bear canister was too difficult to open or close, especially when it is cold or your fingers are cold. Actually it was rather painful. In 20 years of shopping at REI, this is the first time I took back a used product. Great customer service!
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bear Cans Are Cool Bear cans are a good way to be responsible and safe when you're camping in bear country. I pack heavy for a solo backpacker, yet this container held enough for a 3-day trip, including luxury items like pancake mix and syrup, powdered milk for each supper, and mixes for scones and biscuits. It sealed well, actually forming negative pressure with some weather changes, and I never noticed any food odor until the can was unscrewed. If you understand how it works it's not hard to open. For some reason mine is hard to close, sticking when it's about 2/3 screwed down, but if I just grab hold and act like I mean business, it's no problem. Might be a bit bulky if you're carrying everything on your back, but it's a good trade-off for not feeding the wildlife.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from One of few options, this is Bearsafe containers are required by many national parks for backcountry camping (e.g., Rocky Mt. National Park in CO). While that's a little annoying, it is absolutely essential to protect bears and hikers alike. I can fit about 5 days worth of food for one person in this size container, though I carry fairly compact food items. Fortunately, this item is very durable and, on my trips so far, has not been broken into by bears, so I guess it's doing its job! It is also farily light, though obviously not carrying anything would be lighter! Unfortunately, there just aren't many of these items out there on the market, so it's hard to find "the one that works best for your needs." The main issue I have with it is its awkward shape. It slides into my 50 liter pack on its side, but unless you pack your bag just right, it can stick into your back or make it hard to pull water bottles out, etc. It's just way more rigid and large than anything else I hike with. I wish there were other options to choose from, but given how important this piece of equipment is and that it is required by several parks (for good reason), this is adequate, and I would recommend it if you need it. However, if bear bags are acceptable and possible where you are travelling, I would stick with those.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! I read a lot of reviews about this before I bought one. A number of people said that they had trouble opening it. I had no trouble in 40 degree weather. It's big enough to hold food etc. for two on a two day trip; and perfect for filtering water. A few ounces lighter and it would be perfect.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for {long} individual weekends After a 15 year dry spell from the back country, I came back into the sport to see that things like bear canisters are required in some places as oppose to traditional bear bags. Bought this smaller container as I was self supporting. It held about 4 days worth of food without major compaction. I stored this inside my Osprey Aether 70 above the sleeping bag compartment. Although I'm not sure that these things are really required over a properly hung bag, I abided by the rules. I've heard mixed opinions on whether these should be hung or just left on the ground. I've done both without any bear issues. The only gripe I have with this container was how hard it was to open with cold, which is mostly during breakfast after a night in the mountains. Someone showed me the secret to opening them which was to put the locks down so you can force all the weight against them. This works very well but I consider using my Swiss Army Knife to file down the lugs to make it easier to open. There's nothing worse than not being able to get to your food....
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Can't open in cold weather!!! The tabs are way too difficult to open in cold weather. I do snowshoe trips, so seeing temps in the teens is pretty common. To press in those tabs in that cold of temps is very difficult. I was breathing on them to warm them up, and pressing with all my might. Takes about ~10 minutes, my buddy was already done with breakfast by the time I got my can open! Also, can really only hold 4 days of food. 5 days is really pushing it. And that's with leaving my toothpaste, sunscreen, etc. outside the can at night.... Otherwise, works well. Clear plastic is nice for organization/finding things. Returned for a garcia.
    Date published: 2014-04-14
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from WARNING I have used this bear vault backpacking for a year and a half. It is bulky but necessary in bear country and is lighter than the others. BUT, WARNING . . . when you place quart bags inside with the slider opening, the harder plastic on the top of the bags can wedge into the grooves of the lid making it absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to open the lid. This is not a problem with the locking mechanism . . . rather a problem with the lid grooves. This happened just this weekend and could be a very big problem for a packer out for several days because it is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to open the keg when this happens . . . unless you use a "Judge" with a personal defense round. I will not use this style again because there is no way to insure that what is inside won't trip up the groves on the inside of the lid. If you want to be absolutely sure that you can access your food . . .you might want to think of another style.
    Date published: 2014-03-26

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