Bear Safety

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The best bear safety, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on September 11, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Bear Safety Product Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
BearVault BV450 Solo

A necessary evil...well, not so much evil as a minor inconvenience. I've been using this one, the BV450, and the BV500 for longer trips, for something like ten years now. I love it. Sort of. Hanging a bag full of food can be difficult at the best of times, and is obviously entirely impossible in alpine locations. Many of my trips take place in Washington state's National Parks, where bear canisters are required, even if trees appropriate for hanging are actually available. And even with a fully,… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Ursack AllMitey

I'LL NEVER USE A BEAR CAN AGAIN (unless I have to...). We have all used BearVault or similar bear canisters. And although they do what they're supposed to they are an unarguable pain in the butt. Heavy, bulky, they take up the same amount of space in our packs whether we are on day one or day 10... Ursack is collapsable, about half the weight of BearVault, and carries the same, if not more food.¬† Unfortunately they are not yet approved in all of the National Parks, but I wouldn't be surprised if… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Garcia Backpackers' Cache

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
BearVault BV500

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Counter Assault Bear Keg

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Maurice Sporting Goods Air Horn

Indispensable manually operated bear alert horn that does not run on compressed (expensive canned) air. Reusable, reliable, reasonable cost and VERY loud. Packs small and lightweight. Purchased (#SL57223) from Amazon for $15 awhile back for smaller backwoods hikes in northern Wisconsin. We've used these in Wisconsin¬†for years without "close encounters." We are now in Glacier National Park and would not go ANYWHERE in Glacier (even to heavily peopled areas like the NPS Headquarters /campgrounds… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Wild Ideas Bearikade Blazer

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Wild Ideas Bearikade Weekender

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Wild Ideas Bearikade Weekender

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

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