BearVault, makers of the BV450 and BV500 bear canisters, has come out with two new bear canister sizes: the BV 425 and the BV475 which can fit horizontally into a much larger range of backpacks than the original BV500 and BV450. It also means that you don’t have to lug around an oversized canister full of dead air when a smaller volume bear canister will do. Both the BV425 and the BV475 have the same locking lid as the BV450 and BV500.
|Weight (ounces)||28 oz||33 oz||36 oz||41 oz||44 oz||26.6 oz|
|Capacity (cubic inches)||305 ci||440 ci||565 ci||700 ci||614 ci||275 ci|
|Length (inches)||6 in||8.3 in||10.5 in||12.7 in||12 in||7.4 in|
|Diameter (inches)||8.7 in||8.7 in||8.7 in||8.7 in||8.8 in||8 in|
|Days of Food||1-2 days||3-4 days||5-6 days||7 days||6 days||1-2 days|
The new BV425 bear canister is sized for 1-2 days trips. While it is lighter weight than the BV450, it’s designed to fulfill the needs of weekend backpackers and campers who don’t need as much storage volume as a long-distance backpacker. As more and more people venture into the backcountry, this smaller size will help ensure that they’re using an IGBC-approved canister to prevent bears from becoming habituated to human food.
While the new BV475 bear canister has slightly less volume than the BV500, it’s also shorter, giving backpackers out on longer trips the option of packing a canister horizontally in a much wider range of backpacks. Carrying a bear canister horizontally in the extension collar or even lower in the main compartment makes it much easier to stow your other gear than if you have to pack a BV500 vertically and wedge your gear around it.
For example, check out the following table of backpacks which shows whether you can pack the specified bear canister horizontally or vertically – I tested all four of the BearVault sizes, as well as the Garcia and Bear Boxer canisters, with each of the packs listed. A lot of the packs that only fit a BV500 vertically, can now fit a BV475 horizontally.
|Zpacks Arc Haul Ultra 60||H||H||H||V||V||H|
|HMG North Rim 3400||H||H||H||V||V||H|
|Gossamer Gear Silverback 65 (2022)||H||H||H||V||V||H|
|Gossamer Gear Gorilla 50||H||H||V||V||V||H|
|Granite Gear Crown3 60||H||H||H||V||V||H|
|Osprey Atmos 65 (2022)||H||H||H||V||H||H|
|Mystery Ranch Bridger 55||H||H||H||H||H||H|
|REI Traverse 60||H||H||H||H||H||H|
|Ultimate Direction Fastpack 30||H||H||V||V||V||H|