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BearVault BV500 Food Container

    BearVault BV500 Food Container

    Keep bears from inviting themselves to your feast! The BearVault BV500 container features simple access, light weight and large volume. See details

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    Keep bears from inviting themselves to your feast! The BearVault BV500 container features simple access, light weight and large volume.

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    Keep bears from inviting themselves to your feast! The BearVault BV500 container features simple access, light weight and large volume.

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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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    BearVault BV500 Food Container Specs
    Best use
    11.5 liter
    700 cubic inches
    12.7 x 8.7 inches
    2 lbs. 9 oz.
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    BearVault BV500 Food Container

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    BearVault BV500 Food Container is rated 4.1176 out of 5 by 34.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bear Vault 1 - Bear 0 I used this on a recent 4 day trip through Yosemite, where canisters are required. It's tight but does fit inside the bottom of my Gregory Baltoro 75 backpack in the horizontal position. It holds plenty of food and seems to seal up pretty tight. The last night it survived our lone encounter with a brown bear, which was actually uneventful as I scared the bear away pretty quick once it was heard. QUICK TIP!!- Stack your canisters up if traveling in a group so that you'll hear them fall over if a bear does happen to come around :-) It was much better than my friends rented bear container he got from the Ranger Station which allowed rain to enter into it. The only reason for 4stars is that it seems quite expensive for a plastic container...?
    Date published: 2014-04-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good starter bear can This bear can kept my food safe on a seven day trip in the back country. Anything longer and it would have been too small. It's heavier than the more expensive, top of the line bear cans, but good deal for the price. I liked that I could see through the sides, it helped me find what I wanted without having to unpack my whole bear can. It was a little hard to open with cold hands (you have to press down on a small plastic piece). Overall, I was satisfied, but when I can afford it, I will be buying one of the bigger, lighter, more expensive bears cans on the market.
    Date published: 2014-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well This works well when all is going well. The difficulty is when it is cold and the plastic gets a bit harder to bend or when you fingers are cold and don't work so well. The easiest way I found to open it in all situations was to unscrew the lid til you hit the first stop, lay it down on the ground so the stops are facing up, brace the container between your legs, now you can use fingers or thumbs from both hands to push down on the lid as you push to unscrew it to get past the stops. Being transparent helps greatly with getting what you want.
    Date published: 2014-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps food safe from critters This is good for backpacking in areas that require you to have a hard, bear-proof food container. It slips easily into your backpack (even my backpack which is pretty small). It keeps your food safe from "mini-bears" rodents, raccoons, too. I had it sitting upright out in the open during a rain storm and the water managed to get inside. I make sure to keep food in ziplock bags now. Be sure to keep the rim of the lid and the rim of the container clean because if it get dirty or scuffed up, it is hard to get the lid on and off.
    Date published: 2014-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Multiple uses! I bought this not because I was required to have a bear can, but to simply protect my food from all animals and insects. While everyone is concerned about bears, I live where they are scared of humans. But hungry mice will tear up cloth gear to get at food. Chipmunks and squirrels might carry disease. I simply wanted to keep all animals and insects from getting at my food. The only reasons I gave four stars instead of five is because it is a little difficult to open, but requires no tools of any kind. My advice is to not tighten the lid very much. If you use it as a seat, the lid will also tighten, making it harder to get it open. Not a huge problem, but be warned.
    Date published: 2014-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good volume, great design I 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: 2014-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from BV500 Review Pros: BV500 is lighter and bigger than the Garcia container. Also being transparent, is was easy to find the food item of interests. No special tools required to open, but you need strong fingers. My wife and kids had great difficulty opening the BV500. Cons: Rented a 2nd BV500 from REI and found one of the two notch locks on the lid to have worn down and no longer hinders the lid from being unscrewed.
    Date published: 2014-03-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Safe Than Sorry After 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: 2014-04-13

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