The Bear Vault BV500 Bear Resistant Food Canister is a super rugged transparent polycarbonate storage container that resists impacts without shattering. The lid of the Bear Vault BV500 Bear Resistant Food Canister has an innovative patented design that you can open and close without tools. The mouth is extra wide so it provides full access for loading and unloading and the transparent design allows easy identification of contents. The recessed guides in the side of the bottle keep tie down straps in place for easy attachment to your pack. Black Bear approved by SIBBG, Grizzy Bear approved by IGBC.
|Length:||12.7 in / 32.26 cm|
|Weight:||41 oz / 1162.33 g|
|Diameter:||8.7 in / 22.1 cm|
Best bear can on the market for the price. Period.
Bought 2 of these barrels. First trip out in the BWCA, barrels were placed as instructed and left for no more than 3 hours. A black bear tore through the blue barrel directly under the lid on both barrels and carried them off. Not small holes either. I would hate to see what a grizzly could do... I will be re-evaluating food storage before my next trip.
Sometimes a bear canister is required per regs in the area you find yourself in, but even when not legally required, they are a great method of safeguarding your food and anything sweet or aromatic from pests - large and small. This bear vault is excellent. It's secure and a great seat, too. It fits nicely inside most midsize hiking bags, the clear nature of it is helpful for evaluating contents, and the large lid is nice for sitting things in as you sort through the can in the field. I'm a fan, and I think it's worth carrying on longer trips through the backcountry even when the local regs do not necessarily require bear cans.
For the money, this canister is a good buy. While it is not as light as the Bearikade it is also significantly cheaper. The fact that you can see what is inside is nice. I have both the 450 and the 500 depending on the length of trip. I also have the Ursack and the Bear Boxer Contender. When the agency says you need a hard sided bear canister, the Bear Vault is a tried and true product. ACK's price and free shipping were definitely the best buy I could find on the internet.