Lighter for backpacking when every ounce counts!
BV350 Solo Only 2 lbs 1 oz.
BV400 Only 2 lbs 9 oz.
Larger capacity for the space you need!
BV350 Solo has 4 days capacity
BV400 has 7 days capacity.
Super rugged transparent polycarbonate housing resists impacts without shattering!
Innovative patent pending design so you can open and close the lid without tools!
Extra wide, rain proof opening provides full access for loading, unloading, and finding items!
Built in guides keep tie down straps in place so extra carrying case is not needed to attach to backpack!
(From the BearVault Website)
BearVault also offers a rental program, however it costs almost as much to rent one as to buy one. However if you are sure you will only use it once, and don't want to bother with buying one and finding something to do with it at the end, it may be an option.
Worry Free Bear Canister Rental Program for PCT Thru-hikers
BearVault is proud to offer a new service to PCT thru-hikers. This service provides a Sierra approved BearVault bear resistant food canister for pickup at Kennedy Meadows. Upon reaching the Echo Lake Resort near South Lake Tahoe (or Tuolumne Meadows if you wish) you would return the BearVault. All shipping and packaging is included on both the south pickup and north drop-off points. The reverse routes can also be accommodated.
I used a BearVault BV400 all the way through the Sierras and was very happy with it. It kept my food secure and all in one place (I'm not very organized at times) and makes a nice camp seat as well. It is added weight so I sent it home after Sonora Pass on my PCT hike. I later missed it for the protection from mice, but it wasn't worth carrying the extra weight for that. I never had a bear encounter so can't validate it's bear proof claims, but it did help me sleep better knowing my food was secure.
The BearVault has a couple of advantages over other brands. 1) You can see the food inside so it is easier to find a particular item. 2) It doesn't require a coin to open like some other makes. Instead there is a pressure release tab to push. It can be a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is no problem. The BearVault appeared to be the most common brand on the PCT in 2006.