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Deal of the Week: Bear Canisters, Sacks, and Spray

Stay safe in bear country with deals from REI and Moosejaw.

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Spring is officially here, and that means that bears across the US are starting to emerge from their winter dens and go in search of food. Fortunately for hikers, now’s a good time to stock up on bear gear with 20% off deals from two big outdoor retailers.

BearVault BV 450 Solo Food Canister

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Bear canisters are still our go-to way to keep bruins out of our food supply, and the BearVault is a user-friendly, NPS-approved solution. Which size you get depends on how much you want to carry. For solo backpackers or small groups on an overnight, the Model BV 450 can hold 7.7 liters of smellables, or about four days worth of food for one person. Buy the BearVault BV 450 Solo Food Canister for $56 (20% off) at Moosejaw now with coupon code ALMOST20. (Packing for a big group? Grab the 11.5-liter BV 500 instead for $64 with the same coupon.)

Ursack Major Bear Bag

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If you’re an REI member, today is your last chance to grab $20 off one full-price item with your spring coupon. Our recommendation: the Ursack Major Bear Bag, a bear-resistant food pouch that can hold 10.7 liters of food but weighs only 7.6 ounces, a fraction of even the lightest bear canister. Buy the Ursack Major Bear Bag now for $64 (20% off) with coupon code MEMPERK2019.

Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Spray

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Bear spray is another grizzly-country essential that drastically reduces the likelihood of an animal encounter going bad. Counter Assault’s 10.2-ounce canister sprays up to 40 feet for up to eight seconds on full blast. Buy Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Spray at REI now for $48 (20% off) with coupon code MEMPERK2019.