The BearVault is the gold standard when it comes to affordable bear canisters for food storage while backpacking. Bear canisters are recommended over other food storage systems (even when those systems are allowed by the land management agency) for less experienced users, when you need absolute reliability in food protection, would enjoy a camp seat (!), or when savvy and human-habituated bears are prevalent.

The BearVault BV500 Bear Canister is the “week-long-trip” size, and holds 5-7 days of food (maybe a little more if you are a very savvy food prepper who can keep their food volume very low).

Bear canisters aren’t exactly light but they are necessary when traveling through bear country, and Bearvault’s products have been reliable and easy to use. – Daniel Hu