BearVault BV200 LTR - Bill Jeffrey
- My LTR follows and is also in the Test->Tests folder.
BearVault BV200 - Long Term Report
by Bill "AsABat" Jeffrey
Email: wjj2001 "at" yahoo "dot" com
November 30, 2004 Tester Biography
Tester Personal Biographical Information
46 year old male, 6'4" (193 cm) tall, 225 pounds (102 kg)
San Diego County, California
Email: wjj2001 "at" yahoo "dot" com
I have over 30 years backpacking experience, starting with Scouting
as a youth. I am currently the High Adventure Leader for a Scout
Troop. I try to get out once or twice a month, plus at least one week-
long trek each year. My trips are of two types. First, I am hiking
the Pacific Crest Trail in sections, some of which have some rather
crafty bears, and generally use a lightweight approach on these
typically solo trips. Other trips involving family involve more
traditional backpacking equipment. Terrain varies from sea level to
14,000 feet (4,300 m), desert to mountain, and trail to cross
country, occasionally including snow travel. I lost food to a bear
once many years ago, and have had my food kept safe from a bear by a
bear resistant container on several occasions.
This is the final of three reports of the BearVault BV200:
Initial Report, describes the BearVault in detail, not including
Field Testing, including a detailed write-up of field testing.
Long-term Field Testing, this report, a follow up addressing on-going
use and durability.
Received May 18, 2004
Black bear resistant food canister
Certified by the Sierra Interagency Black Bear Group (SIBBG)
Weight 2 lb 6 oz (1.08 kg) (Listed and tested)
Outside dimensions 12.4 in (31.5 cm) long by 8.7 in (22.1 cm)
diameter (Listed and tested)
Interior volume 380 fl oz (11.24 L) (Listed and tested), 7 day
capacity claimed by manufacturer
Interior dimensions (Tested but not listed by manufacturer,
12 in (30.5 cm) long by 8.3 in (21.1 cm) diameter
Opening diameter 7.25 in (18.41 cm)
Approximate thickness of can wall 0.17 in (0.43 cm)
Rain proof opening, tool free screw-on lid
Transparent blue polycarbonate container with black ABS plastic lid
Long-Term Test: Testing took place in the mountains of the Pacific
Crest Trail, including Little Bear Trail Camp near Big Bear Lake
(Hmm, I wonder where those names came from?) and the southern end of
the Sierra Nevada. Elevation 3,300 to 10,500 feet (1,000 to 3,200
meters). Temperatures 28 to 85 degrees F (-2 to +29 C), including
light rain and very light snow flurries.
A bear-resistant food container is one of those "love-it, hate-it"
items. I hate carrying more weight than I have to. On the other hand,
I really hate hiking out of the wilderness hungry because a bear ate
all my food. (I've done that just one.) A bear-resistant container
takes all the anxiety out of worrying that every night noise is a
bear coming to dine on my gorp. They are also required in many areas
now, which helps protect the bears from becoming habitual Yogi's and
The BearVault is an excellent solution for food storage in bear
country. The clear polycarbonate canister makes it easy to find the
item I am looking for and the wide opening makes it easy to pack the
can full. I find the claimed seven-day capacity accurate, assuming
repackaging commercial freeze-dried foods and minimizing bulky items.
As for ease of use, what can be easier than simply screwing the lid
open? An initial difficulty with a tight lid caused by grit in the
threads was solved by applying a food-grade silicone lubricant that
was provided by BearVault. Current models come with this silicone
film already applied.
I was able to fit the BearVault into all my packs, including my
ultralight Gossamer Gear G4 (formerly GVP Gear). I tried using the
raised guides to lash the BearVault to my other packs, and found I
needed to have the straps straight and pulled snug to keep the
BearVault from slipping. I prefer putting the BearVault inside the
pack and lashing my sleeping bag and pad outside if room is needed.
Other than scuffs and scraps, the BearVault has sustained no damage,
in spite of being dropped on rocks and concrete several times.
Summary: The BearVault BV200 is an easy-to-use cannister that should
become the standard in bear resistant containers. It is the lightest
and easiest to use bear-resistant container that is also affordably
priced. Thank you, BearVault and BackpackGearTest, for the
opportunity to test this product.
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>And Edits ==>
> My LTR follows and is also in the Test->Tests folder.
> BearVault BV200 - Long Term Report
> by Bill "AsABat" Jeffrey
> Email: wjj2001 "at" yahoo "dot" com
> November 30, 2004
> I really hate hiking out of the wilderness hungry because a bear
> all my food. (I've done that just one.)EDIT==> "once"
> now, which helps protect the bears from becoming habitual Yogi'sand
> subsequently executed.EDIT==> There is a tense consistency problem here.
perhaps "...Yogi's and subsequent execution".
Thanks for your report. Go ahead and upload it when ready.
> > I really hate hiking out of the wilderness hungry because a bear### Done.
> > all my food. (I've done that just one.)
> EDIT==> "once"
> > now, which helps protect the bears from becoming habitual Yogi's### "...Yogi's and subsequently BEING executed."
> > subsequently executed.
> EDIT==> There is a tense consistency problem here.
> perhaps "...Yogi's and subsequent execution".