The top is not THAT difficult to unscrew...
although when your hands are cold and
you're ready to eat, you definitely wish it
was easier. However, a bear canister that is
NOT super easy to open sounds like a great
bear canister! It does double nicely as a
stool to sit on while eating. Its light weight. I
was EASILY able to fit 5 days worth of food
in it. I believe you could fit up to 8 assuming
you don't eat like a king.
Great product! Lightweight;
large opening makes it easy to
use and to clean; convenient
as a camp stool/table; can be
a bit of a pain to open, but the
peace-of-mind is well worth it.
(If you're having trouble
turning the lid, applying some
pressure to the canister with
your knees while you turn
usually does the trick.)
We purchased one of these for
a backcountry hiking/camping
trip in Rocky Mountain. The
bears up there are getting
more aggressive these days
and bear canisters are now
ACK was initially out of stock,
but their great customer
service got the canister to us in
plenty of time for our trip.
The canister itself is great.
Difficult to give it an awesome
because these things are just
so darn heavy and a real pain
to hump with. We've tried all
the others (except the super
light/super expensive one) and
this is the lightest in its price
class. It's clear and that makes
it easier to root around for that
one thing that you need that
always seems to fall to the
Looking for a bear canister and
tired of renting? This is the
Bought for a trip to the BWCAW; very happy
with it. Holds quite a bit; we had four in our
party, and so we put a couple of days of food in
it and hung the rest in a bag, and then restocked
the Bear Vault as needed.
It's my favourite bear canister
- it has wide opening, lid
screws on and off easily, it's
big enough for me for even
200miles worth of food, and
clear walls help a lot with food
organizing. and it's a great
thing to sit on in a camp:-)
Works good so far, but I haven't
had a bear try to open it yet.
Product was delivered promptly
and in perfect shape. This was a
Tricky to get open practice before
you head out to use it and the food
has to be freeze dried to fit enough
for 7 days plus all the other stuff.
My family would rather go hungry than
eat those Mountain House meals but
between the vault and the bear wire
it worked well. I like that you can
see in the can without having to pull
I bought the Bear Vault BV500 upon the
recommendation of a friend who already owned
one. I took my cannister into the Bob Marshall
Wilderness for a five day, 50 mile backpack.
The Bob is known for the Grizzly Bears that
inhabit it, and I wanted an easier way to
store my food. Fortunately, we didnt have any
bear encounters, but it was nice to know we
didnt have to hang our food all the time, and
it made a great seat when needed. I like that
it is clear and you can see the food in case
you are looking for something in particular.
The can is pretty easy to open, but a couple
of cold mornings made it a little more
challenging to make my fingers do what they
were supposed to. All in all, a good product.
This version of the Bear Vault
is a big improvement over the
wood coin-opened original
version. However, I still
maintain that getting a full
weeks worth of food into one
of these BV500 is wishful
thinking, unless you plan on
not eating much for a week, or
only plan on eating powdered
foods. And thats not
including your other non-food
smellies that bears seem to
like to investigate. I
personally would like to see
something even roomier than
the BV500. Just my opinion.
But if you can fit a week of
food, etc. into one of these,
it is a wonderful product.
I must eat alot and I am a
woman but I dont think I could
get 10 days worth in the
vault. But it is easy to use
and see what one has. I
would, of course, love to have
a lighter vault but that may
not be possible.
Item arrived promptly, haven't used it
on the trail yet but have packed it to
get used to it, I think I can get 10
days worth of food in it and it was easy
to open as stated, like the fact you can
see what's in it as well.