Bear attacking BearVault
"We're fellow San Diegans who are very happy with your BearVault product. I own another brand of bear canister that's smaller and heavier, too. It's now relegated to a "display model"...
This summer, we had our brand-new BearVault 500 with us in the High Sierra. The canister is easy to load, easy to find things in due to the light-transmission into the canister and the ability to just look right through the side, and the reduced "weight penalty", compared to the only other product we can afford, is great!
While camped at Badger Lakes on the PCT, just below Thousand Island Lake and Island Pass, we had a bear visit our kitchen/stash area about 100' feet from us during the night. We didn't hear a thing, but Yogi pulled our BearVault out from where it was stashed between a rock and log. We found it about 20 feet away, covered in dust, paw marks, dried drool and a few scratches, but totally intact and secure. Our Reflectix cozy stashed with the stove didn't fare so well, with a large and perfect impression of Yogi's mouth where he folded it over and chomp-tested it! In addition to being secure, the seal on the BearVault is good enough that I simply walked the canister down to the lake and cleaned it off by splashing and rubbing, without even any concern about water getting inside.
Good stuff. We're buying more for the Scout Troop."
—Erik, Chrystal and Joe, 2011
"I backpacked the Teton Crest trail last summer. I used my
BearVault on the trail and had a black bear try really hard to get
into it. He put a lot of deep gashes on the lid but was never able to
get into it. The deep gouges are kind of like a souvenir from the
trip. I also have another manufacturer’s bear canister but I like yours better.
They are lighter. They also don't get water in them if I
forget to turn them upside down and it rains."
"Love your products! I was just on a 10 day backpacking trip in Denali national park. Here is a photo of a grizzly trying to get into my BV400. Barely even a scratch on it when he was done.
Keep up the great work!!"
"I have used Bear Vaults on about 8 trips in the Sierras and in Oregon and
they have performed flawlessly. In Yosemite and on the JMT they were checked
out by bears every night and we had no problem at all. I really like the
fact that I can see what is inside. Thank you for selling such a good
product and standing behind it."
"My wife and I are teachers who advise a backpacking club. We have taken
hundreds of middle school students on dozens of 10 day trips along the John
Muir Trail between Yosemite and Mt. Whitney. All participants are required
to carry Bear Vaults. Your product has worked without fail or incident. I
may not sleep well when bears are prowling but I am relaxed and confident
that my edibles are safe in your BearVault."
—S. Rinehart, 2007
"I'm a PCT through hiker. My wife and I each used your BV200 through the
Sierra Nevada. Doing the PCT is very hard on equipment,and we have had
a lot of equipment failure.
I'd like to relate a success story. The vaults got attacked one night,
at Bensen Lake in Yosemite NP. I followed the recommendation on the
box, and placed the vaults 100 yds away, and between some logs as
recommended by another hiker. The vaults were disturbed in place during
the night, and scratched up a bit. There are bear tooth and claw marks
on the vaults. We didn't hear a thing.
The vaults worked fine. The lids worked smoothly. If they were only a
few ounces lighter, the hiking world would be beating a path to your
—A. Claus, Garlic Man, PCT '04
"While camping at Lower Crabtree Meadow, we were awakened at 3 a.m. by a
very large bear (the local ranger estimated the bear to be about 350
pounds). The bear tried to get into one of the Bear Vaults. He focused
his attention on the lid and tried his best to get his mouth around the
lid. However, he wasn't successful in getting in. Thanks for a great
product. The clear body, screw-on lid, and wide opening made it very
easy to use. I was glad to have the peace of mind knowing that our food
"We've been using the BearVault up in the Sierra Nevada and local mountains here in the Los Angeles area these last few backpacking trips and we must say, so far so good. All our clients really like your canister, a few of them went home after our backpacking trips and bought one of their own. Here are a few more benefits to your canister. We've been using the BearVault as a water bucket for washing dishes, taking small baths, and filtering water. By placing the canister in the sun for a few hours, the water warms up pretty well."
—F. Gallegos at Beyond Basecamp.com
"We just got off the West Coast Trail 7 day trip and took both BearVaults!! Had an awesome time. We really loved using the BearVault. We had the ultimate convenience and security of knowing our food was safe on the ground. As promised, they were waterproof, beartight and made excellent and coveted seats at camp. Oh yeah! I love those babys!"
—B. Bertsch at www.bertschworldtour.com