Headed out for a weeklong or longer trek through bear country? The voluminous BearVault (the largest of four we tested) is the canister to carry. Its rugged polycarbonate construction has two obvious benefits. First, it’s light. (Though it’s easily the most bulky of the containers we tested, it falls right in the middle in terms of weight.) Second, the see-through plastic design makes hunting for your favorite turkey tetrazzini simple. The BearVault’s wide opening (6.875 inches, second widest of the bunch) makes it easy to pack and its extra long length makes it the most comfortable campstool in the bunch. (BearVault also makes a smaller version for short trips.) Only complaint: The locking system—depress two tabs on the lid and slide them past a locking snap—is a challenge with bulky gloves or cold, numb hands. bearvault.com.
>2 lbs 9 oz.
> 700 cubic inches
>8.7 in. (diameter) by 12.7 in. (length)