BearVault BV400

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   1



We did a recent hike in the Adirondack High Peaks…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $65

We did a recent hike in the Adirondack High Peaks on 8/20/08, in the Colden Lake area. We had planned a four day hike to help prepare for a week long hike in the Grand Canyon.

On the first night a bear easily opened both our canisters ruining our trip. He was able to bite the side of the lid over the safety tab that the cover turns past to secure the lid. The rest is history.

We called BearVault and they were less than helpful and hung up the phone when we told them what we thought of their product. We had a false sense of security which ended up ruining our trip. There are postings in the Colden Dam area boards but not at the upper works trailhead where we initiated our hike.

Beware of this product.


I bought this bear can, because it is lighter weight…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $70

I bought this bear can, because it is lighter weight than the Garcia, which was the standard in bear cans until a couple of years ago, and because it is a tad bigger than the Garcia. It is very simple, and very strong. I like the wide opening, because it makes it much easier to get items out and put them in. I also really like the tooless opening, so I don't need to keep a few coins or a tool to open it. The fact that it's clear, also is really useful for finding items you need to take out. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a lightweight, durable bear can for a decent price.

Retailers' Descriptions

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Eliminate bear-human conflict and protect personal property, food, and bears. Grizzly-proof and rainproof means this super rugged canister won't leave you stranded without food.


When you're in grizzly or black bear country, protect yourself with the Bear Vault BV400 Bear Resistant Food Canister. This large capacity food canister has 700cu inches of interior space to store your food and supplies for a week-long backcountry adventure. A super rugged, transparent polycarbonate housing and an extra-wide, tool-free opening allow you to quickly find the grub you're looking for. Slip this lightweight Bear Vault canister into your pack or use the handy strap-guides to attach the BV400 to the outside of your pack and enjoy a safe trip.


Never keep the bear canister inside a tent!. Container helps retain strong odors from food, sunscreen, insect repellent, soap and toothpaste, lessening the chance of bear-human conflict. Dimpled strap guides on the exterior keep straps from shifting and eliminate the need for a carrying pouch, meaning more weight savings. Durable polycarbonate construction keeps the weight light and the inner volume high. For maximum longevity, hand wash in warm water with a mild dishwashing detergent. Keep bears from inviting themselves to your feast! This bear-resistant container features tool-less access, light weight and large volume. Large rainproof lid features a snapping bump/tab locking mechanism and screws on and off easily. Store BearVault at least 100 yards downwind of campsite, preferably in the shade to keep contents cooler;. This BearVault model has approval from both the SIBBG (Sierra Interagency Black Bear Group) and IGBC (Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee). Translucent vault makes finding your meal selection easy. With the lid fully closed the BearVault also makes a great camp seat.


BearVault BV400

previously retailed for:
$42.48 - $79.95

The BearVault BV400 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 2, 2011 at EMS.

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