Bear Safety

Read "Hiking and Camping Safely in Bear Country", for more information on bear safety.


Bear Canisters
Bear Spray
Bear Bags and Bells


Wild Ideas
Counter Assault
Bare Boxer




less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 and above

Recent Bear Safety Product Reviews

Wild Ideas Bearikade Weekender

rated 5 of 5 stars Good customer service. I rented directly from Bearikade. The price per day is reasonable. They mail/ship it to you and don't charge for shipping time. The review above was very complete. I have nothing to add but what is above. Full review

Wild Ideas Bearikade Weekender

rated 5 of 5 stars Would you believe that I found mine at a THRIFT SHOP, for only $10? I love it! The people in my backpacking group are envious! Full review

Wild Ideas Bearikade Weekender

rated 5 of 5 stars The Bearikade line of bear canisters from Wild Ideas are by far the lightest weight for the volume you get. Bearikades are the only carbon fiber bear canisters approved for use where canisters are required. The Weekender can hold enough food for two people for 3+ days, or up to 7 days for solo use. This is a review of the Bearikade Weekender bear canister by Wild Ideas. The Bearikade, available in three standard sizes plus custom sizes, is the only product they make and/or sell. You can find them… Full review

Counter Assault Bear Deterrent

rated 5 of 5 stars Although I own a 44 magnum, rifles, and shotguns, I always carry bear spray in is always on my belt and quickly accessible. Full review

Garcia Backpackers' Cache

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a very good value. It's not the lightest out there, but it's also not the most expensive: with reasonable gear choices, I can afford the extra weight. Unless you have room inside your pack, you'll need the optional carrying case. I bought this can several years ago, when I returned to backpacking after a too-long hiatus. Bear cans are mandatory through much of the Sierra Nevada. Although I prefer the wide opening and clear body of the BearVault, just opening one in the store was a real—wait… Full review

Sabre Pepper Spray

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Small, readily available via pocket or strap fixed for your defense in the woods or the street. This unit has a clip fixed to the spray canister allowing it to be as available as a pen or small pocket knife. The unit sprays up to 10 feet when the wind is favorable. I carry the unit all the time, just in case... Sparky 2000. As noted, don't allow children or idiots to get their hands on this unit. But for you the law in most states will allow the unit to be useful if needed as the spray will disallow… Full review

Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer

rated 5 of 5 stars Great product ! I love that I can silence it when I want to. There are areas that I hike in that I know bears are so I make noise going through area. Bear bell on wrist.I keep it on my poles all the time.I shook the bear bell a few times and blew my whistle and he looked at me and left so I could continue on the trail safely. Full review

BearVault BV400

rated 3.5 of 5 stars It's required in bear country and it does the job. That's about all I can say. It's heavy, cumbersome, small, and sometimes hard to open in freezing temperatures. It's difficult to review bear canisters because they are an absolute necessity in bear country and it doesn't matter what you think about them, you gotta have one. With that said, there are a few different ones out there and I decided on the BV400 because I am a solo hiker most of the time and not out for more than 5 days at a time, and… Full review

ScatBelt The Griz

rated 5 of 5 stars Very simple product: it's a belt that fits anyone and carries your bear spray as well as mobile phone and keys. You can walk, run, hike or bike with it and you barely know you're wearing it! It's like a Bear Spray Belt or Bear Spray Holster -- giddyup! ScatBelt has two types of belts. One is for carrying bear spray and the other is for carrying mace/alarm. The bear spray belt / holster is better than anything in the market. Disclosure: The author of this review is the designer and manufacturer of… Full review

Top-Rated Bear Safety

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Wild Ideas Bearikade Weekender reviewed Jan 4, 2017
$288 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Counter Assault Bear Deterrent reviewed Sep 29, 2016
$45 - $54
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Garcia Backpackers' Cache reviewed Sep 11, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sabre Pepper Spray reviewed Jul 14, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer reviewed Jun 17, 2016
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
BearVault BV400 reviewed Jun 17, 2016
ScatBelt The Griz reviewed Apr 14, 2015
$40 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
BearVault BV500 reviewed Sep 26, 2014
$67 - $79
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
UDAP No-Fed-Bear Canister reviewed Sep 20, 2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
BearVault BV450 Solo reviewed Jul 17, 2014
$67 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Yeti Bear Proof Cooler Locks reviewed Jun 11, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wild Ideas Bearikade Expedition reviewed May 5, 2013
$349 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bare Boxer Contender reviewed Nov 12, 2012
$50 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Counter Assault Chest Holster reviewed Oct 18, 2009
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Counter Assault Bear Keg reviewed May 24, 2009
$64 - $84
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
BearVault BV350 Solo reviewed Aug 24, 2008
Counter Assault Bear Bell Bear Bag/Bell
Counter Assault Bear Keg Carrying Case Bear Canister
$12 - $14
Counter Assault Pentagon Bear Fence
Counter Assault Kozee-Tote Transportation & Storage Safety Container Bear Spray
UDAP Bear Spray with Chest Holster Bear Spray
Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Spray Holster Bear Spray
UDAP Pepper Power Bear Spray
$45 - $69
Frontiersman Bear Spray Bear Spray
Ursack Minor Bear Bag/Bell
Garcia Model C-12 Carrying Case Bear Canister
Ursack Major S29.3 AllWhite Bear Bag/Bell
Liberty Mountain Ultralight Bear Bag Bear Bag/Bell
Feather River Bear Bag Bear Bag/Bell
Backpackers' Cache Bear-Resistant Container Bear Canister
Wild Ideas Bearikade Scout Bear Canister
$255 MSRP

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