Thank you Ray Estrella - Re: Owner Review - BearVault BV400 -
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "chcoa" <jdeben@...> wrote:
> You didn't waste any time did you?? hahahaIt has been half written for a month. I have a bunch in various states
- Hello Ray,
Here ya go!
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>### EDIT: cut "if"
> Inside if
the lid are six ribs radiating out from the center to give
> added strength. (See below.) The threads on the lid and the body are### EDIT: opposing
> very aggressive. More about them later.
> The unit locks with the use of a tab protruding from both the lid at
> the bootom of the lip, and the body at the shoulder just below the
> threads. As the lid screws down the body to the shoulder the tab on
> it "clicks" past the tab on the body courtesy of the angled face the
> lid tab has. Once past they have oppsing
angle sides hitting each
> other making it near impossible to just unscrew the lid back off. To### COMMENT: This is perplexing. I can only assume they *mean*
> get it to unlock the lid must be pressed in at the small textured
> (knurled) area which will flex the lid enough to allow the tabs to
> clear each other. Here is a picture of it all.
> The company claims that the BV400 can carry seven days worth of
> food. They also claim that it has a "rain-proof opening". I do not
> understand what they refer to as if it is open, it is open. There is
> nothing to keep rain out!
"rain-proof closure" but that's not what they are stating!
>### EDIT: Perhaps you should indicate the state (CA, I assume).
> Field Conditions
> I have used the BV400 on two backpacking trips for a total of 9 days
> in the field. One trip was from Onion Valley to Horseshoe Meadows
> via Cottonwood Pass. This was a four day 58 mile (93 km) trip on the
> east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The BV400 was carried in a
> Mountainsmith Auspex pack that weighed 32.5 lb (14.74 kg)### EDIT: 14.7 kg is sufficient accuracy to match the lb measure. The
remaining .04 is presumably a conversion artefact?
> start. Temperatures ranged from a low of 30 F (-1 C) to a high of 80### EDIT: Sierra Nevadas
> F (27 C). Low altitude was the start at 9200' (2804 m) to a high of
> 13180' (4017 m)
> The second trip was an 88 mile (142 km) hike in the Sierra Nevada's
> west side in October of 2006. I was in lows of 29 F (-2 C) at night.### EDIT: Close bracket, period [i.e. ).]
> I camped at elevations of 8700' to 10000' (2652-3048
Again it was
> carried in the Auspex with a starting weight of 37.5 lb (17 kg).### COMMENT: A niggle, but since you are spelling out seven and eight
> This trip was supposed to be an eight day hike, but was cut short
> due to weather.
> The company says that the BV400 can carry a seven day supply of
> food. I can attest to that. On the 4
days, you should spell out "four" for consistency. Picky, picky, I know!
day trip Dave and I shared one
> canister. And for the eight day trip I had the following items### EDIT: delete "of"
> inside of the BV400.
> 7 freeze-dried dinners
> 15 1-quart/liter servings of GU2O in locking bags
> 15 Lara Bars
> 5 Pro Bars
> 4 2 oz (57 g) bags of hulled sunflower seeds
> 2.5 oz (71 g) dark chocolate covered coffee beans in a plastic bag
> 4 oz (113 g) assorted sugar-free hard candies
> Seven locking bags of vitamins and wheat grass tablets.
> Here is all of it spread out on my plan table.
> And here it is packed in the BV400.
> I should mention that I never actually carry my food inside of
> canister. To keep the weight placed the way that I want it I put my### COMMENT: Can't you carry the food on the top level of the pack? I
> sleeping bag and fleece pillow case (and sometimes my Phantom down
> jacket) inside of the canister which goes in the bottom of my pack.
> The food is carried in a sack that I place as close to my shoulders
> in the pack as possible. Once in camp I pull everything out and put
> the food in the BearVault. When sharing with Dave we do the same
> thing. I carry the canister and my food, Dave carries his food and
> we put it in the BearVault once we get to camp. (I hope no rangers
> are reading this.)
do this, and keep my water against my back. I wouldn't think the lever
arm would be significantly different. You have more experience than me
with those pesky canisters, so this is a personal inquiry rather than