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Subject: OR - BearVault 400 - Jerry Adams
Date: Monday, September 20, 2010, 12:59 PM
BEAR VAULT 400
BY JERRY ADAMS
September 19, 2010
NAME: Jerry Adams
LOCATION: Portland, Oregon, USA
HEIGHT: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
WEIGHT: 190 lb (86.20 kg)
I started hiking about 45 years ago. My first backpack was 40 years ago. I currently try to do one backpack trip of 1 to 5 nights every month (which can be tricky in the winter). Mostly I stay around Mount Hood, Columbia Gorge, Mount Adams, Goat Rocks, and the Olympic Peninsula. In recent years I have shifted to lightweight - my pack weight without food and water is about 15 lb (7 kg). I make a lot of my own gear - silnylon tarp-tent, bivy, synthetic bag, simple bag style pack. My sleeping pad is a Therm-a-Rest air mattress.
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.bearvault.com/">>
Listed Weight: 2 lb 9 oz (1.16 kg)
Measured Weight: 2 lb 6 3/8 oz (1.09 kg)
Size: 8.7 in. diameter (22.1cm) x 12.7 in. (32.3cm) tall.
Opening size 7.25 in. diameter (18.4 cm)
Volume: 700 cubic inches (11.5 ltr)
BearVault advertises this size is sufficient for 7 days
The BearVault 400 is not currently available, but is almost identical to the currently available BearVault 500. The BearVault 500 has a two snap lid, compared to the one snap lid of the BearVault 400. Bears in the Adirondacks have figured out how to open the BearVault 400 one snap lid, thus the BearVault 500 lid. For areas other than the Adirondacks, the BearVault 400 is adequate.
The BearVault 400 is made from a blue, almost clear polycarbonate plastic material. The lid is made from a black plastic - a little softer than the body so I don't think its polycarbonate.
Here it is at Cape Alava on the Olympic Peninsula in Northwest Washington State:
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The way it works, food is put in the container, then the lid is put on, and screwed 1 1/4 complete turn until it passes a snap. To open, push in snap on side of lid and unscrew. The instructions are printed on top of the lid:
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Some areas, like the Sierras and places in the Northeast require that a bear canister be used to store food when backpacking. It is not possible to reliably hang food from a tree in a manner bears won't get at it.
I frequently backpack on the Olympic Peninsula in Northwest Washington State, where they require bear canisters.
They have tested the BearVault with zoo bears, and have sold many of these without people having any problems. They are supposed to be grizzly bear resistant.
I have taken the BearVault 400 on 7 trips to the Olympic Peninsula since 2006. These have varied between one and 3 nights of backpacking. I have gone between 3 and 10 miles (5 and 16 km) away from the trailhead. These have all been in the winter. These include Cape Alava, Sand Point, Rialto Beach, and Toliak Point.
In addition, I use this in the car on all my backpack trips. I leave any food in the car in the BearVault because occasionally mice get in my car.
The BearVault works really good at keeping varmints away from my food. I've never been aware of any animal trying to get in, but I've never seen any of my food eaten. Occasionally, on other trips, I have left food in a bag on the ground and some sort of rodent ate through the bag and got some of my food. This has not happened with the BearVault.
It's always a hassle to rig up a line to hang my food, especially if I have to make it bear resistant. The BearVault eliminates this problem.
The BearVault also makes a nice seat or table.
The BearVault is rain proof. It has rained on me on most of my trips and no water ever got in. It's pretty easy to take the lid off without water from on top of the lid spilling into the container.
A few times when it has frozen, I have still been able to open the lid. Any water stays away from the threads of the lid.
Obviously, the major problem with the BearVault, is its weight. I would never take this backpacking if it wasn't required. The BearVault is lighter, however, than other bear resistant containers. The BearVault also has a convenient wide opening.
A minor problem is getting the darn thing open, especially if it's cold and/or rainy. I have to push in on the side on the snap on the lid. Since the lid is so wide, it requires two hands. Then I have to hold the body with my knees to apply counter rotation pressure. Once I rotate past the snap, it's easy. If I'm just walking over to the beach for a few minutes, I'll screw on the lid to the snap, but not past it, so it's easier to open. If I'm using it in my car, I never go past the snap because all I'm worried about is mice which can't unscrew the lid without snap.
When I go for three nights, the BearVault is about half full, I think it would fit 7 nights of food as advertised. I originally was looking for the smaller model, the BearVault 350, but it only weighs 8 ounces less which isn't that much given the extra capacity of the model 400.
I am happy with the BearVault 400 for areas that require its use. I'd probably rather have the smaller model 350, but the 400 was the only one available when I bought it.
I like the wide opening.
Minor criticism - the lid is hard to open, especially when it's wet/cold - but I expect this if its bear/raccoon proof.
I like the clear plastic body, because I can see through it to find stuff.
Obviously, its way to heavy for normal use, but where it's required, it's lighter than other bear canisters.
I find it convenient to leave in the car for other trips to prevent mice from getting at my food.
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