Bear Safety

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

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

Recent Bear Safety Product 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

Maurice Sporting Goods Air Horn

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

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

Counter Assault Bear Deterrent

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Ursack Major Bag/Bell
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Spray
$37 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer Bag/Bell
$3 - $4
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Garcia Backpackers' Cache Canister
$75
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
BearVault BV500 Canister
$77 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Yeti Bear Proof Cooler Locks
$17
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Counter Assault Bear Keg Canister
$35 - $79
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
BearVault BV450 Solo Canister
$67 - $69
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
UDAP No-Fed-Bear Canister Canister
$60
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Counter Assault Chest Holster
$17
Counter Assault Bear Bell Bag/Bell
$3
Counter Assault Bear Keg Carrying Case Canister
$15
Equinox Ursus Ultralite Bear Bag Bag/Bell
$30
UDAP Bear Spray with Chest Holster Spray
$50
Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Spray Holster Spray
$13
UDAP Pepper Power Spray
$30 - $49
Ursack Major XL Bag/Bell
$95
Ursack Minor Bag/Bell
$65
Garcia Model C-12 Carrying Case Canister
$11 - $16
Ursack AllMitey Bag/Bell
$125
Feather River Bear Bag Bag/Bell
$22
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Wild Ideas Bearikade Weekender Canister
$288 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Maurice Sporting Goods Air Horn
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bare Boxer Contender Canister
$50 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SABRE Pepper Spray Spray
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wild Ideas Bearikade Blazer Canister
$312 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wild Ideas Bearikade Expedition Canister
$349 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
BearVault BV400 Canister
ScatBelt The Griz
$40 MSRP
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
BearVault BV350 Solo Canister
Counter Assault Kozee-Tote Transportation & Storage Safety Container Spray
 
Frontiersman Bear Spray Spray
SABRE Frontiersman Bear Spray Spray
 
Liberty Mountain Ultralight Bear Bag Bag/Bell
Lighter1 Lil' Sami Canister
 
One Peace Tactical Bear Spray Canister Interchangeable Carry System
$75 MSRP
Lighter1 Big Daddy Canister
Backpackers' Cache Bear-Resistant Container Canister

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