|BearVault Solo bear resistant food containers||HA-5/6|
|HA-5/6||8.7 inch dia. by 8.3 inch high||2 pounds, 1 ounces||D|
The official recommendation by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is to use a bear-resistant food storage container for all backpacking trips south of Damascus, VA. To enable this policy, the club purchased two BearVault Solo storage containers at ~$60 each to allow hiking couples to protect their grub. The 440-cu. in. size is suitable for a weekend trip. While overall container diameter is 8.7”, the opening is only 7”. It has an extra use as a short seat in camp.
Remember that bear-resistant does not mean perfectly bear-proof. A good recommendation is to learn how to consistently open the container before leaving on your trip. Many reviews mention a challenge to open with cold hands, thus tips like using a spork or plastic card are given.