SABRE FRONTIERSMAN Bear Spray (7.9 oz and 9.2 oz) — Maximum Strength, Maximum Range, Includes Glow-in-Dark Safety—Ideal for Hiking, Camping, Mountain Bikers and Backpackers
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- BE CONFIDENT & PREPARED: Bear Spray Training Kit with one 7.9 oz Bear Spray and one 7.9 oz Practice Spray; Practice spray features same deployment and firing mechanism as bear spray to increase your safety through muscle memory, familiarity & confidence
- GUARANTEED MAXIMUM STOPPING POWER: Maximum Strength (2.0% major capsaicinoids) Bear Spray Repellent allowed by EPA and Health Canada; Strength guaranteed by SABRE’s in-house HPLC lab eliminating the 30% failures experienced by other brands (U. of Utah)
- GREATER PROTECTION AT A SAFE DISTANCE: Long distance range of 30 feet (9M), bear spray rapidly deploys heavy fog of 1.6 oz (45 grams) per 1-second burst (up to 60% more than other brands) creating a larger barrier between you and bear for greater safety
- LONG LASTING: Full strength 3-year shelf life from date of manufacture; Each can is labeled with expiration date so you are confident from one season to the next; Always include FRONTIERSMAN Bear Spray as part of your outdoor survival and hiking gear
- FIELD PROVEN EFFECTIVENESS: Tested and proven effective by Elmendorf Air Force Base (Elmendorf, AK) and Brown Bear Resources (Missoula, MT); FRONTIERSMAN Bear Spray is effective against Black, Brown and Polar Bears; SABRE Bear Spray made in the U.S.A.
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If you get charged it will change your life. I have been several times. Part of my work, and risk you take in working in the park. I wouldn't have changed that for anything. But, pay attention in bear country. This is serious stuff.
You are more likely to have a car accident with tourists in the park than have any bear issue. But be prepared and be loud in the backcountry.
First the ways they are the same......
1.) Same canister diameter. This 9.2 oz canister is slightly taller. So both brands will fit in the Counter Assault holster I already own.
2.) Same maximum active ingredient allowed by law for discouraging bears from getting an attitude.
3.) Same trigger design with a forefinger loop and thumb operated trigger with the same glow in the dark thumb operated safety mechanism.
4.) Same good reputation for working on black bears and grizzly bears.
So, with those similarities there isn't a lot to relearn or adapt to in a panic situation. It appears that all the major brands.....Counter Assault, UDAP, and Frontiersman have standardized key elements of form and function. A huge kudos to this industry for adopting some sort of standardization in these safety products. If you learn to use one you can use them all. This could save a life in a bear encounter. Or a moose encounter.
So what are the differences?.....
1.) Rate. The Frontiersman and UDAP brands chose to almost double the flow rate of the Counter Assault bear spray. So there is much more deterrent going down range every second you hold down the trigger.
2.) Time. Because of the higher flow rate but similar volume of product 8.1 oz Counter Assault vs 9.2 oz Frontiersman, the Counter Assault gives you 7 seconds of spray vs only 5 seconds for the Frontiersman.
3.) Trigger. Both Frontiersman and UDAP are also similar in their trigger design. They offer less controlled bursts so it's harder to do a small burst. When you press the trigger these things will unload a lot of spray. So it's harder to test fire or use a smaller burst. Counter Assault on the other hand allows you to tailor the burst to the threat but will not get as much spray down range as fast as the Frontiersman or UDAP.
4.) Range. Frontiersman claims a range of 35 feet for their 9.2 oz canister vs 30 feet for the Counter Assault 8.1 oz canister. That makes sense with the higher flow rate and the more violent propellant associated with that rate. Will 5 feet make a difference? Maybe, maybe not.
I'm not sure either design approach is invalid, only different. I'd be happy to have either one in a bear encounter since a flame thrower or grenade launcher is not a practical solution. Here's what I decided to do with these two slightly different bear deterrents. I'll carry the Frontiersman in my shoulder holster mounted on my pack strap and the Counter Assault will be my backup canister I'll stow in my pack. I figure the higher flow and range of the Frontiersman will give me the best chance in a surprise encounter. But there's a high probability that I empty the canister in that one encounter. The Counter Assault backup will allow a little more finesse when I'm down to one canister so that I can possibly survive two subsequent encounters or multiple charging bears. Who knows if that's the smartest strategy. I won't know until it happens and I hope to never answer that question based on experience.