Bear Canisters

The best bear canisters, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on September 13, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Bear canisters are required in some areas. Check with the National Park Service or U.S. Forest Service to see which model(s) of bear canisters are approved for use in the area you'll be visiting. Regulations vary and change.

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

Recent Bear Canister Reviews

Garcia Backpackers' Cache

rated 4 of 5 stars It's relatively inexpensive. It's easy to open. It's rugged. It works as intended. I have had my Garcia for almost 20 years. It has never failed me. It carries a lot of food with careful, deliberate packing. Full review

BearVault BV500

rated 4 of 5 stars Better to have it and not need it. I needed it. Love to walk our Redwood National and State Parks here in the 'hood. Love those black bears and their scat's on the trail. Of course, the blackberries are ripe. Keep 'em wild. That's right, you can read about Yellow Yellow on the AT opening these by twisting her head and shearing the lock tabs. It's the hundredth monkey effect, but it's black bears around her slowly picking up the technique. My treks are all West of the Great Divide, so no worries… Full review

Counter Assault Bear Keg

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a standard bear canister with recessed twist lock fasteners. The large size makes it suitable for long trips or groups. I purchased the Counter Assault Bear Keg two years ago for weekend backpacking trips in New York and New Jersey. Group size ranges from three people up to seven people. This product uses a standard design and works well. The recessed latches are easy to open with the appropriate tool; a knife blade, a coin or multitool. The reflective stripe around the middle of the canister… Full review

Wild Ideas Bearikade Blazer

rated 4 of 5 stars The NEW Blazer Bearikade from Wild Ideas in Santa Ynez holds up to nine days of food, is 750 cubic inches, and weighs 33 oz. (2#'s, 2.8 oz). Compare that to the BearVault BV500 at 700 cubic inches and seven days of food at 2#'s, 9 oz. Hope the pictures give you some idea of the differences. I purchased the BLAZER because I was attracted to the extra volume and ability to hold up to nine days of food without resupply. I debated the real value of saving about 5 to 6 ounces over my stickered BearVault… Full review

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

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

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

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