BearVault BV500
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BearVault - BearVault BV500

The BearVault BV500 is designed to keep your food safe from bears and other critters. It has been tested and is now grizzly approved. It is also larger and easier to use than many other bear canisters, with tool-free opening. 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. 9 oz. (1.16 kg)
Color Blue
Size One Size
Mfg Sku/Part Number BV500
Dimensions 8.7 in. dia. (22.1cm) x 12.7 in. (32.3cm)
Material Super rugged polycarbonate housing
Liters 11.5
Volume 700 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
7 day capacity (1 person), 3-4 days for 2 people

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

It works, but it's pricey
I used my bear vault on a back country trip in Alaska. There were several of us with the same vault and the general consensus was that it worked and it was nice that it was transparent. It's constructed well, but the lid can be difficult to get open if your hands are the least bit cold. The main drawback for me was the cost. It seems like something so simple could be manufactured for a little less money and that's why I gave it a 3 for value, however, we all decided that in the end, we will use the vault in the future and the cost is a distant memory. Review by Tracy P
I have heard that these work great, but I would like to warn potential buyers that in the Adirondacks there are bears who have learned to open this brand of canisters Review by John
Good Luck Bears
Fits enough food and snacks for two people. I bring this along every trip and keep everything in here. You can see through the canister which makes finding your food and snacks alot easier.

It secures tightly when the lid is on making it very difficult to get open. So you KNOW the bears are going to have a rough time...

Though I've never come in contact with bears yet I can tell you that its raccoon proof... Review by Craig

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Questions & Answers

What is the internal volume in liters?
Question by: Bruce Hooke on Dec 5, 2011 8:10:03 PM
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