The good - - it works. We watch the bear work on it for 15-20 minutes
before I gave up.
The bad - - this thing is very hard to open, especially when it's cold. It
also weighs a fair bit. I am sure that both of those could be improved
with small design modifications.
It was a Father's Day gift. He loves it & hopes to use it soon.
Extremely durable. I think he should put his cookies in it to keep the
grandkids from sneaking them.
Excellent product, capacity with thoughtful packing is also excellent,
but still too heavy.
Tabs will wear down over time and the bottom seems thin. Opening is
tough on the ends of the fingers. Leave upright if raining. Bought this
for shorter trips. Durability is going to be a problem. I already have a
Garcia Backpackers Cache that I bought in the mid 90's which still
works like the first day I got it. I would buy the Garcia over the BV
500 for longer trips and if you want something to last forever.
We just got back from three
nights in Olympic NP. The Bear
Vault worked great. It is
smaller than some of the other
brands and this was helpful
because space is always at a
premium. Could go up to 5
days if you eat light. The lid
does take some getting used to
but did not cause any real
problem just need to be
deliberate about opening it.
Loved the fact that it is
transparent. This was nice to
see what is at the bottom but
also in identifying my canister
from others in the group.
Love being able to see where
all my food is rather than
having to empty or dig. The lid
is hard to open for me, a petite
female, especially in cooler
temps. I usually had to use a
nearby stick on the tab to get
enough pressure. Overall, tho,
I prefer it to all the other ones
I saw, primarily for its
transparency and holding
capacity. There is nothing to
interfere with loading ( like the
one that uses its pot as a lid )
so I can really pack it full.
bob near berkeley
There's a utube vid of a child
showing how to open this using
a flexible credit card against
the lid/lock. EASY !
I'm hopeful BEARS aren't
watching this vid or carrying
credit cards ;)
This product worked as advertised. It is
easy to open and holds a lot. I didn't
test it in the wilderness to see how it
held up against animals, but it worked
well to keep food outside of a tent.
Currently, this bear can is allowed for
hiking in Yosemite NP, where a bear
can is mandatory to get the permission.
This bear can has a very good weight to
space ratio and is affordable. It's easy
to open with the right technique. It's low
weight is only beaten by carbon fiber
reinforced bear cans that cost $200 and
A sturdy container, and easily holds
several days of food plus other odorous
items. Fits nicely in my 3800cu pack. I like
that I can see through it. Definitely hard to
open, but I don't view this a negative; I
simply use the back of my knife to press
on the latch. I had a chance to try one
that had been used for awhile and it was
much easier to open. I think the locking
mechanism may loosen up over time.
Makes an OK seat. ACK had the best price
Overall, I'm pretty happy with the BV450,
although I wish I didn't need a canister at
I took the Bear Vault BV450 to
some freezing weather in the
John Muir Wilderness of
California. I found it a
little harder to open than
back home, most likely because
my hands were cold and
sensitive. I solved this
problem by using the handle of
my pocket knife to push in on
the lid. Has not yet been
tested with a bear, thank
goodness, but it served quite
good as a chair. Im happy with
Prompt service. Product exactly