Bear Safety

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


Bear Canisters
Bear Spray
Bear Bags and Bells


Counter Assault
Feather River
Wild Ideas




less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 and above

Recent Bear Safety Product Reviews

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 is always on my belt and quickly accessible. 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

SABRE Pepper Spray

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Small, readily available via pocket or strap fixed for your defense in the woods or the street. This unit has a clip fixed to the spray canister allowing it to be as available as a pen or small pocket knife. The unit sprays up to 10 feet when the wind is favorable. I carry the unit all the time, just in case... Sparky 2000. As noted, don't allow children or idiots to get their hands on this unit. But for you the law in most states will allow the unit to be useful if needed as the spray will disallow… Full review

Top-Rated Bear Safety

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Bear Spray
$45 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer Bear Bag/Bell
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Garcia Backpackers' Cache Bear Canister
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
BearVault BV500 Bear Canister
$77 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Yeti Bear Proof Cooler Locks
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Counter Assault Bear Keg Bear Canister
$70 - $79
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
BearVault BV450 Solo Bear Canister
$67 - $69
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
UDAP No-Fed-Bear Canister Bear Canister
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Counter Assault Chest Holster
Counter Assault Bear Bell Bear Bag/Bell
Counter Assault Bear Keg Carrying Case Bear Canister
Equinox Ursus Ultralite Bear Bag Bear Bag/Bell
UDAP Bear Spray with Chest Holster Bear Spray
Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Spray Holster Bear Spray
UDAP Pepper Power Bear Spray
$30 - $49
Ursack Minor Bear Bag/Bell
Garcia Model C-12 Carrying Case Bear Canister
Ursack Major S29.3 AllWhite Bear Bag/Bell
Feather River Bear Bag Bear Bag/Bell
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Wild Ideas Bearikade Weekender Bear Canister
$288 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Maurice Sporting Goods Air Horn
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bare Boxer Contender Bear Canister
$50 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SABRE Pepper Spray Bear Spray
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wild Ideas Bearikade Blazer Bear Canister
$312 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wild Ideas Bearikade Expedition Bear Canister
$349 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
BearVault BV400 Bear Canister
ScatBelt The Griz
$40 MSRP
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
BearVault BV350 Solo Bear Canister
Counter Assault Kozee-Tote Transportation & Storage Safety Container Bear Spray
Frontiersman Bear Spray Bear Spray
SABRE Frontiersman Bear Spray Bear Spray
Liberty Mountain Ultralight Bear Bag Bear Bag/Bell
Lighter1 Lil' Sami Bear Canister
One Peace Tactical Bear Spray Canister Interchangeable Carry System
$75 MSRP
Lighter1 Big Daddy Bear Canister
Backpackers' Cache Bear-Resistant Container Bear Canister

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