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  • 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!

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Best Use Backpacking
Gear Capacity (L) 11.5 liter
Gear Capacity (cu. in.) 700 cubic inches
Material(s) Polycarbonate
Dimensions 12.7 x 8.7 inches
Weight 2 lbs. 9 oz.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Obvious Choice Used this on a 5 day backpacking trip in Central California. It is heavy, but what do you expect if it keeps bears out. I was able to put all my 5 days of food inside--pro packs of Mountain House dinners- 4, side dishes (peas, corn, green beans)-6, oatmeals-4, cliff bars-5, coffee packs-5, crystal light-5. Still had some room after that food for toiletries but thats about it. Used it as a seat around camp as well. So if you are going into bear country and a vault is required then this is the one for you. It can be a pain to open, especially in the morning when your fingers are cold, but I just used my leatherman or stick to push in the tabs.
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great food storage for long hikes! I can fit up to 12 days worth of food inside this, with smart packing. I am hiking the JMT this year and we are only going to resupply once. The BV500 is bulky, but the dimples on the outside make it easy to attach it to the outside of your pack. It works great as a seat, and I use the lid as a tray while cooking. As far as a true test, I don't know how it holds up to Bears yet. But I am not worried about it, the product seems pretty durable. I have read that some people find this hard to open. Just grab the lid with two hands and spin it fast. So far it has worked every time for me with no problems. I hope this helps! Happy Hiking.
Date published: 2012-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lightweight, Big The BV500 is a great size for multi-day outings for one or two people, depending on how much one eats. I use it for myself as I like to hike and camp, but I like to eat hearty meals after a long day. The BV500 fit nicely in my big backpack and didn't add any noticeable weight. It's also designed so that it can be strapped to a backpack. I'd give it 5 stars if it was easier to open. The one drawback is that it's hard to open, to unscrew the cover past the built in locking tabs. I found it easier when I used a knife to compress the tabs. Several people on my last outing had the sane canister and everyone struggled a bit with getting it open. But, other than that just perfect.
Date published: 2014-07-04
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: 2013-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BearVault BV500 Honestly, I have not used this yet BUT I can tell it is great quality and I can sit on it. It is somewhat slippery but you just hold it between your legs to loosen the lid. I do have it packed with 3 MRE's, beef jerky and jerky sausage. I also have toothpast and a toothbrush. It is packed pretty tight. The MRE's do not pack well. If I had eFood freeze dried or Mountain House, you could fit more in. I would also recommend you attach a bit of reflector tape to the outside in case an animal moves it. You can use your headlamp to find it that way. It is really big. Size is the same as a Kelty dri down large mens sleeping bag in it's bag.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome •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: 2013-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps Bears Out This thing works better than the old anti-bear container I used. It's easier to open - the old black one needed a coin or screwdriver handy to turn the 'locks'. Nice that it is clear too, so you can see what is inside. Check out the photo and video attached here...some bears came into our camp in Alaska and shredded a bunch of gear but the container remained intact.
Date published: 2011-02-12
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: 2013-08-10
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Does REI rent out bear canisters?

Asked by: Tatabrian
Sorry, we do not rent bear canisters.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-19

How water tight is this (large heavy) container? For instance can I use as a large water bottle if crossing the desert where there is little water and no bears?

Asked by: Richard123
The BV500 Food Container is not water tight. Here is a link for the selection of water containers:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-24

Can you hang bear container from bear cables and does it come with carabiner to hang from pack . Awful expensive for plastic  container

Asked by: gwvolfan11
The BearVault bear container does not come with a carabiner or a way to hang it without it being first placed in bag or a type of stuff sack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-07

I have the REI Traverse 85, was looking into this canister for a 3 week PA AT hike. How tight are these inside a pack? Difficult to add/remove from pack? Asking bc due to weight distribution would rather have this inside my pack against the middle of back

Asked by: bdbrei
The BV500 Food Container is a good fit inside of the Traverse 85. The BV500 even fits horizontally and you can still lash a tent to the outside of the pack and still use the water bottle pockets on the side. The "J" pocket on the front of the pack allows you to easily remove the BV500 from the pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-03

Will the larger canister be sufficient for a five-day trip for two people using freeze-dried food for breakfast and dinner and then trail mix, dried fruit and jerky for lunch?

Asked by: Trek Domane
Yes, with careful planning the BV500 Food Container should be able to accommodate food storage for a trip such as you describe.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-21

Will this fit in my 55L 3400 Windrider Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pack? Or would the size down be better? Would I be able to fit 5 days worth of food in the smaller one ?

Asked by: Aries
This does fit in the 3400 Windrider Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pack. The BV450 holds approximately 4 days worth of food.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-28

Will this fit inside an Ausprey Aura 50 AG?

Asked by: julianicole
The BV500 Food Container will fit vertically inside of the Aura 50 AG but not horizontally.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-16

Which one do you think would be best for the Osprey Volt 60L?

Asked by: Sully
​The BearVault BV500 fits vertically in the Osprey Volt 60 pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-23
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