The BV500 is the most popular PCT bear canister. It's made of polycarbonate (i.e. transparent blue plastic) and has a capacity of 11.5 liters. Yes, it weighs 41 oz / 1.162 kg (aka 2 lbs 9 oz) and will occupy a huge amount of space in your pack, but this is the nature of the bear canister.
Despite that, what makes a container bear proof?
Bear-resistant steel barrels have locking lids that keep bears from opening them. ... Cooler-sized food containers made of heavy-gauge aluminum have lids with internal hinges that bears cannot break, and they're insulated to block some of the smells of the contents.
Finally, do you really need a bear canister? Generally, you should keep your food in a bear canister, or hang it using the counterbalance method. Hard-sided canisters are the most effective way to protect your food. They're the best choice for most of the trail. ... In this instance, it is usually sufficient to hang your food a few feet off the ground.
Not to mention, can bears smell food in a bear canister?
Unfortunately, bear canisters are not smell-proof, but you can pack your food to minimize the smell. When used with special odor barrier bags you won't have to worry about luring in wildlife. Since bears have an amazing sense of smell you definitely want to consider hiding the odor.
Where do you put a bear canister at night?
Prepare food, eat, and store your bear-resistant food canister at least 100 yards downwind from your tent. Store your canister on the ground hidden in brush or behind rocks. Do not place canister near a cliff or water source. Bears may knock the canister around or roll it down a hill.
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BearVault BV450 Bear Resistant Food Canister, 440 Cubic Inch Capacity | for Weekend Hikers, Backpackers, and Campers
Lightweight Solo or Weekend Size: Lightest canister in this size category; Stores approximately 4 days of food; perfect for a couples weekend, or a 3 to 4 day solo trek
Clearly Find Your Food: Where’s your oatmeal, trail mix, and dinner? This wide opening, transparent food container makes it simple to grab exactly what you need
Easy to Use, Durable, Doubles as a Seat: Designed with a tool-free lid: no fiddling or losing small parts; Useful around camp, it also doubles as a camp stool; Rugged and impact resistant
Grizzly & Black Bear Tested: Tested and approved by both the IGBC (Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee) and the SIBBG (Sierra Interagency Black Bear Group); In fact, a BearVault survived 48 hours locked in a cage with two hungry black bears
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Backpacker's Cache - Bear Proof Container
Keep your food safe from wild animals
Discourages bears from raiding campsites
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Frontiersman Bear Safe & Resistant 11.86 Liter Food Storage Container, Locking Lid, Water & Airtight, Keeps Food Fresh, Prevents Food Odors That Attract Bears, Family Size & Longer Hike Usage
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PREVENTS ODORS AND PRESERVES FRESHNESS: Bears have an acute sense of smell, meaning food should always be stored in a container that locks in odors; Our INSIDER bear canister is air-tight to seal in odors to help prevent attracting bears
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RATSACK - Bear Bags for Food Backpacking - Bear Sack Rodent Proof Food Storage Hanging Mesh Bag - Ultralight Backpacking and Camping Food and Gear Storage Bag (Small - 8oz - 18"x14" - 20L)
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NOT a BEAR PROOF BAG - You don't need a bear canister nor a bear proof container. It's not practical. Would you really risk drawing a bear's attention by having smelly food in a container? All you have to do is buy an odor proof bag to pair with Ratsack and hang it high up a branch or a tree if you don't want to draw bears near your campsite!
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Counter Assault Bear Keg Food Container, 716 Cubic Inch
Meets or Exceeds all of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee Recommendations for Bear Deterrents
Mandatory in Many National Parks in the United States and Canada
Bright Yellow Proprietary Polymer Blend Material
9" X 14" Dimensions
Accessory Carry Pack P-14 Also Available
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Carbon Fiber Smell Proof Bags by Cannaline (5, Large)
Small measures 3" x 4" with a .75" gusset
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Selkirk Design Ultralight Food Bag Hanging System - Includes a Waterproof Bear Bag, Pulley System with Paracord Nylon Ropes & Carabiners, Rock Sok, and Instructions
WHY THE SELKIRK SYSTEM? Have you ever tried tying a rope around a rock, tossing it repeatedly, breaking branches, and finally getting to hang your food from a branch? It's not fun. Instead, put a few rocks into the Rock Sok and use our 2-to-1 pulley system to quickly & easily hang your food
HOW EXACTLY DOES IT WORK? Put a couple rocks in the Rock Sok, tie off the rope and easily toss it over a branch. Then our 2-to-1 pulley system makes it as easy as possible to raise your food. The ropes and carabiners act like a pulley - meaning you only need half the pulling force to raise your gear
WHEN WOULD I USE ONE? The Selkirk Design System is perfect for camping, hiking, backpacking, back country fishing, etc. Anytime you have the need for a bear sack, you can use this kit to hang your food & gear safely on a branch. The Rock Sok only weighs 6.5OZ, so you can carry it anywhere
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Udap BRC No-Fed-Bear
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SPACE SEAL 100 Large Smell Proof Bags 6.3x8.6 Inches Matte Black Mylar Bags Resealable Bags Packaging Bags
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Zip Top 100% Platinum Silicone Baby Snack Containers (Bear)
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As others have said, you don't need a canister for day hiking. Yosemite's bears won't attack you and try to rip your pack with food in it off your back. ... Note that a bear canister does not block the smell of your food, it is a "vault" that bears can't open or carry off so keeps your food protected.
A bear's sense of smell is seven times stronger than a bloodhound. If you've ever smelled coffee, alcohol, or yesterday's beetroot salad in your urine, bears can smell every donut and drip of hot sauce you've eaten from miles away. There's no understanding why, but bears ogle over human piss. Pee away from camp.
As for why they are so expensive, these are not just plastic containers. ... They make it much harder for a bear to smell the food (most plastic is more odor permeable), though they aren't completely odor proof. They have been bear tested with zoo animals and they cannot be opened by the bears.
A bear's sense of smell is so acute that they can detect animal carcases upwind and from a distance of 20 miles away. ... These plastic bags are 17,000 times more odor-proof than normal ziploc bags and can significantly reduce the chance of a human bear encounter.
If used carefully, smell-proof bags should keep their contents undetectable to bears as well as mice. Consider using a smell-proof bag as a liner inside your bear canister or Ursack bag. Dry bags: From my experience on the AT, the most common food bag is a regular dry bag.
Bears can not smell through canned goods. However, bears have learned that cans can contain food. Also since canned food tends to be around other food when camping the bears can pick up the scent on the outside of the can as well as scents that got on the on the outside of the can during the canning process.
Bears also dislike the strong scent of pine-based cleaners, but avoid using anything with a fresh, lemony or fruity smell. And never mix bleach and ammonia; the combination produces fumes that can be deadly to both people and bears.
When camping in bear country the prime concern is proper food storage. Soft-sided campers won't keep a bear out. ... If you have a motorhome or hard-sided RV, always store food inside the RV. Many parks with extensive bear activity offer bear-proof food storage lockers in camping areas where you can safely store your food.
The reason a bear will smell food in your car is because out of all animals, bears have the best sense of smell. On average, a bear has a sense of smell 2,100 times better than a human. So, again, no matter what type of car you have, a bear will smell food in it.
Well, a pop up is certainly safer than a tent. Even if you have a tent-sided camper, there are metal parts, often made of stainless steel or aluminum, that the bear would have to get past. That could deter them or at least slow them down.