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: 4 of 5 (7)
Garcia Backpackers' Cache reviewed Sep 13, 2018
$75
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
BearVault BV500 reviewed Sep 10, 2018
$77 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Counter Assault Bear Keg reviewed Sep 26, 2017
$71 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Maurice Sporting Goods Air Horn reviewed Jul 27, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wild Ideas Bearikade Blazer reviewed Jun 3, 2017
$312 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Wild Ideas Bearikade Weekender reviewed Jan 4, 2017
$288 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Counter Assault Bear Deterrent reviewed Sep 29, 2016
$55
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SABRE Pepper Spray reviewed Jul 14, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer reviewed Jun 17, 2016
$3
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
BearVault BV400 reviewed Jun 17, 2016
ScatBelt The Griz reviewed Apr 14, 2015
$40 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
UDAP No-Fed-Bear Canister reviewed Sep 20, 2014
$60
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
BearVault BV450 Solo reviewed Jul 17, 2014
$67 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Yeti Bear Proof Cooler Locks reviewed Jun 11, 2014
$17
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Ursack Major reviewed Mar 13, 2014
$85
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wild Ideas Bearikade Expedition reviewed May 5, 2013
$349 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bare Boxer Contender reviewed Nov 12, 2012
$50 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Counter Assault Chest Holster reviewed Oct 18, 2009
$17
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
BearVault BV350 Solo reviewed Aug 24, 2008
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
$40 - $49
Ursack Major XL Bag/Bell
$100
Ursack Minor Bag/Bell
$100
Garcia Model C-12 Carrying Case Canister
$16
Ursack AllMitey Bag/Bell
$135
Feather River Bear Bag Bag/Bell
$22
Counter Assault Kozee-Tote Transportation & Storage Safety Container Spray
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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