BearVault BV450 Solo
Price Paid: $50
I have yet to really use this container but have no doubt that is will do what it is supposed to do. If you think about it, you would have to have a bear encounter in order to really review it and that could take a long time. Hopefully never.
Bear containers are love-hate relationship, something that almost everyone would rather not have to take with. Remember though, that you buy these to save the Bears more than to save your food. Thinking about it that way is necessary, as it puts the purchase into perspective. A bear that invades campgrounds will be destroyed, and that is a sad thing.
I read that in a national park (I cannot remember which one) that they put down over twenty bears in a years because of this. Then when the bear canisters were implemented, the very next year only two or three bears were put down.
The BV 450 Solo seems to be made very well, but it can be a bear to open. (oops...sorry for the pun) It would be even harder if your hands are cold. This size is good for one person, and it should hold all the food you need to take with for a few days.
What you need to know is that packing this thing is a royal pain. They are just not shaped for putting them into a pack, and you will find that it is a frustrating thing when you feel that you need a new backpack because of it. That said, there are very few packs that will carry these well. So my advice is go into REI and see how it fits in your pack before you buy it.
If you are getting a new pack, get a lightweight pack, because this thing is heavy. If you drop a pound off the pack, then there will be no weight gain. I would like to see a few backpack manufactures make a pack that is sized to hold these things.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The BearVault is the result of experienced backpackers and their pursuit of a better bear canister. The BearVault has an innovative patent pending design so you can open and close the lid without tools. Super rugged transparent polycarbonate housing resists impacts without shattering. Extra wide, rain proof opening provides full access for loading, unloading, and finding items. Built in guides keep tie down straps in place so extra carrying case is not needed to attach to backpack.
Key Features of the� BearVault BV450 Solo Bear Resistant Food CanisterSpecial lightweight design4 day food storage capacitySuper rugged transparent polycarbonateOpen and close� lid without toolsExtra wideRain proof openingBuilt-in guides keep straps in placeLightweight440 Cubic inches of capacityPolycarbonate materialBearVault BV450 Solo Bear Resistant Food CanisterThe BearVault BV450 Solo Bear Resistant Food Canister helps� maintain all of your food well preserved and protected. The food canister is a lightweight, yet strong, food container. It is very wide and� has a 4 day food storage capacity. This amazing container is approved by the Sierra Inter agency Black Bear Group (SIBBG) and the Inter agency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC). The built in guides helps to keep the canister well secured to your backpack, while you walk in the woods looking for a place to camp. It is also a rain proof food canister. The BearVault BV450 Solo Bear Resistant Food Canister is a good option to keep your food well protected from the bears.
Lighter weight at only 2 lb 1 oz (0.94 kg). 440 in3 (7.2 ltr) 4 day capacity. 8.7 in (22.1 cm) diameter and 8.3 in (21.1 cm) length. Full access, rain-proof opening. Retention guides for strapping the canister to the outside of a backpack. Super rugged transparent polycarbonate construction allows easy identification of contents. Patented design
- Tahoe Mountain Sports
Lighter and more compact than other bear canisters, the BearVault BV450 gives solo hikers a secure way to stow their food. 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. .