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Bear Vault Bear Resistant Food Canister

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  • Claimed Weight: 2 lb 9 oz, 1160 g
  • Volume: 700 cu in 11.5 L
  • Dimensions: 8.7 x 12.7 in, 21 x 32 cm
  • Material: Transparent polycarbonate
  • Recommended Use: Storing supplies/food in bear country

Product Description

Head out for a trip into Yosemite or Denali National Park with your food safe and secure in the Bear Vault BV500 Bear Resistant Food Canister. This large-capacity container's 700 cubic inch interior stashes enough supplies for weeklong trips into bear country. An innovative tool-free top gives you quick access to your goodies, and the see-through polycarbonate housing and extra-wide lid make it easy to find what you're looking for. Slip this lightweight Bear Vault canister into your expedition pack or use the guides to strap it down.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 10 x 9 inches ; 3.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B007PO9WUS
  • Item model number: Bear Vault
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,875 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 16, 2012
Size: 700cu inColor: Black
Everybody hates bear canisters. I hate packing them, I hate carrying them--well, you get the idea. But my wife and I do a lot of backpacking in the Sierras, where the rangers say you gotta have them. So, we've got one apiece.

The thing to understand about bear canisters is that they are, of necessity, a compromise. They've got to be large enough to hold your food, but small enough to carry. So, any bear canister is going to be too small to carry all the food you'd like, and it's going to be too large to carry in your pack. That's just the nature of the compromise involved. The only question is how well a canister manages the compromise.

The BV500 does as good a job as can be expected. It's large enough to hold food for one person for up to a week, so long as you pack only food that packs compactly, like Mountain House and beef jerky. It's larger than other full-size canisters, it lets you see what's inside, and it has a wide mouth, which makes it easy to get stuff in and out.

At the same time, the BV500 is small enough that I can strap it to the outside of my internal-frame pack. If your pack has straps for attaching a tent to the outside, they should hold the BV 500--just use some mini-bungee cords to pull the straps together and keep them from sliding off the sides of the canister. Otherwise, use regular-size bungees to attach the canister to the back of the pack. A full canister is heavy enough that I do not recommend strapping it to the top of a pack.

The BV500 is no easier or harder to open than any other canister. It can be a bit of a chore to open in cold weather, but I have found that sliding a pocket-knife blade under the catch makes it much easier to release.

Finally, the BV500 is somewhat lighter than other full-size canisters.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By R. Blue on September 17, 2009
Size: 700cu inColor: Black Verified Purchase
Like all containers, whether they are a bear proof container, backpack or a day bag, you have to think out your packing plan. Our first try took about an hour to pack it so everything would fit. We were going on a three day backpack that required an bear proof storage container. We chose the BearVault because of its wide mouth lid. My wife got everything into it after several tries and much repackaging. On our last outing (the third with the BearVault) which was a canoe camp, she just packed the food in it because she knew how to get everything to fit. It took her less than five minutes.

The big minus, but all bear proof canisters have this problem, how to carry it in, on, or about a backpack. I generally use an internal frame backpack that has between 3000 to 3500 cubic inches of space. The BearVault uses over 700 cubic inches of my total space (about 22%). It is very difficult to get it packed into this space and still have any usable space left over. The space issue is due to the cylinder shape of the canister. For our first backpacking trip with it, I just gave up and used an old and reliable external frame pack and strapped the BearVault on the bottom of the frame where most people would put a sleeping bag. It worked fine, but I still would prefer to use my internal frame pack. If I come up with a good workable solution, I will amend this review.

One last item, we did not see any sign of bears, but the squirrels and raccoons of which there were many, did not get into our food. We plan on using this container for most of our overnight outings from now on. It keeps the little pests out. They have always been the biggest problem we have had on outings whether overnight or just day trips.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Paul McCulloch on July 31, 2011
Size: 440cu inColor: Transparent Blue Verified Purchase
Is good yah. Most of the weight reduction is in the smaller size rather than the carbon fiber one. It holds about 4 days of food for one person working hard if you bring a burrito for the first breakfast and lunch, repack and only bring certain foods. The diameter is nice and wide.

Here is what I bring and it must be well organized to fit in the first night:
pack of tortillas
pack of pitas
repacked box of couscous
repacked peanut butter, 1/2 cup or 2-3 lunches worth
small pack of salami presliced
small bag of cheese presliced
small bag of red pepper presliced
small bag of chives
4 instant oatmeal
Instant brown rice, 2 meals worth
dehydrated refried beans, 2 meals worth
repacked Sriracha, 2+ meals worth
multigrain angel hair pasta, 1.5 meals worth
Knorr pesto
Trader J's instant miso
2 small bananas
2 carrots
jelly beans
small bag of dried cherries, mango, and banana chips
small bag of beef jerky
m+m's
wasabi almonds
6 teabags
2 gatorade powder packs
2-3 tbsp olive oil
couple small oatmeal bars
eyedropper of soap for sunglasses
vitamins and pills
spare bags for lunches dayhiking

ugh! tired of it after 5 weeks in a row! A bigger can would let you take more yummy food like avocados
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By x on November 1, 2014
Size: 700cu inColor: Black
Better than most because it is clear, you can (with difficulty) attach a cord, and it has more volume per ounce of canister than most. Like other reviewers, I also despise bear canisters. They are a mediocre solution to a problem that is easily solved so many better ways. I bought this because the rangers at Rocky Mountain said I must have a canister and not a Ursack. I've used a Ursack (a brand of bear proof bag) for years and greatly prefer it. It weighs less, you can tie it to a tree, and it fits in my pack. By comparison, a canister is as about as clunky as hauling a concrete block. That said, if you must use a dreaded bear canister there are a few tricks.

First, ignore the instructions that say open it with your finger nail. Use the dull back end a plastic pen such as a cheap Papermate, or a small hard stick, or other implement that is soft enough that it doesn't harm the canister plastic. You have to press in the black plastic tooth while rotating the black canister top. This means deforming the lower edge of the black canister top such that its locking tooth passes the locking tooth on the clear bottom. Frankly, this is a pain until you get the hang of it and it is difficult to do when the plastic is cold and stiff.

Second, tie some strong cord, such as climbing accessory cord, around the canister using one of the grooves in the middle of the canister. Use the cord to tie the canister to a tree. If you do not tie it down, animals will roll it around and it will be somewhere else in the morning. Don't put it out at night near a steep hill, boulder field, or water if you want to see it again.

If an animal tips it over, rain can seep inside. Adding your own gasket makes it too difficult to open so skip that idea.
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