Close up view of the built in retention guides. The retention guides keep straps like the one pictured above in place when transporting the bearvault.
Image above shows two Bearvault Solos with a standard one gallon milk jug in the middle. The milk jug is filled 2.3" with fluid, which is the same weight as the empty BearVault Solo.
Bear Resistant Food Canister Information
The SIBBG requires or strongly advises all backpackers to carry and use approved bear-resistant food storage canisters instead of other less effective methods such as hanging food. Even properly hung food is routinely reached by bears.
Approved bear canisters are recognized as the only effective portable means of food storage in certain areas. Proper precautions with bears keep the bears wild and neither attracted to nor dependent upon people for food. This helps eliminate bear-human conflict and protects personal property, food, and the bears.
In addition to food, bears are also attracted to anything with an odor including sunscreen, insect repellent, soap, and toothpaste. These items can be stored inside a bear canister.
For more information on where bear canisters are needed, or the proper procedures and precautions while enjoying bear country, visit the SIBBG website http://www.SierraWildBear.net or the National Park Service website http://www.nps.gov
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BearVault Operating Instructions
The innovative BearVault lid screws on and locks without requiring tools to operate.
1. Hold housing firmly between knees or boots
2. Turn the lid counter clock-wise until the snap on the side of the lid hits the stop on the housing.
3. Press in the snap on the side of the lid with your finger to clear the housing stop; you must press no more than 1/4" above the snap.
4. Once the snap on the side of the lid is clear of the housing stop, continue unscrewing the lid.
1. Hold the BearVault firmly as described above and screw the lid clock-wise onto the housing until the lid snaps past the housing stop; you will hear an audible click.
To strap the BearVault to the outside of a backpack:
1. Place the canister against the backpack and rotate it so that the strap dimples face away from the backpack.
2. Position the tie-down straps between the dimples and cinch the canister down securely onto the backpack. No extra carrying case is needed.
Store the BearVault at least 100 yards downwind of your camp. If possible, store the BearVault in the shade to keep the contents cooler. Never keep a bear canister in your tent!