Bear Vault Solo BV450


Bear Vault Solo BV450

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BearVault - Bear Vault Solo BV450

The BearVault BV450 is designed to keep your food safe from bears and other critters. It has been tested and is now grizzly approved. It is also lighter, larger, and easier to use than other bear canisters, with tool-free opening. This size is suited for solo use. The BearVault has received the 2004 Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice Award.

Please note that this product is not approved in the High Peaks Area of New York Adirondack State Park.
Do not put DEET containers inside this product.

Technical specifications & features

Weight 2 lbs. 1 oz. (0.94 kg)
Color Blue
Size One Size
Mfg Sku/Part Number BV450
Dimensions 8.7 in. dia. (22.1cm) x 8.3 in. (21.1cm)
Material Super rugged polycarbonate housing
Liters 7.2
Volume 440 cubic inches
Other Features Nice wide mouth (38 sq. in.) for easy access
Transparent so you can see what you are looking for
Opens without tools
4 day capacity (1 person)

Black Bear Approved by SIBBG
Grizzly Bear Approved by IGBC
Users must NOT put DEET containers inside this bear can. This warning is prominently displayed on the red label on the lid of each unit. The user's hands may have DEET on them, and the bug repellent container then outgasses DEET vapors which embrittle the polycarbonate housing. The signs of this are a splotchy, cloudy appearance on the inside of the unit, and severe cracking.

Product Reviews

Excellent for my needs
Solo back packing 4 days/nights I had plenty of room for food and toiletries. I always bag everything to keep inside clean. In the pack sideways I'm able to access and open by unzipping front flap so don't have to remove from pack for lunch. Works as wash basin, too! Opening is bit awkward and would be a hassle when wet - no grip. I will probably add some rough tape around the lid for that.
Review by Jeffrey
Bear of a deal!
I pretty much knew what I was getting into when I ordered this. After lots of research, I knew it would be heavy. I assessed its size, etc... It worked great on a recent alpine trip I went on with some friends. They had the larger yellow bear keg, but also paid the price in weight and had to have a tool to open the darn thing. The Bear Vault 450 worked great. Easy to open (except when wet... just don't close it too tight), easy to see what's in it and easy to put in my pack, I enjoyed the experience of it. The only thing I would have found better is if it were more spacious. My trip was a 4 day trip, however, I think a few of the items I packed were too airy and bulky and I probably brought too much, so it was a very tight fit. If you make the effort to pack the right amount and ensure your foods are dense/compact, it shouldn't be a problem. Also keep in mind, that you don't need to pack the foods that you are going to eat the first day while you are hiking and setting up camp, but you will want to ensure there is room for your other smelly items such as toothpaste, sunblock, etc... Review by Brian

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