Frequently Asked Questions
Is my BearVault® waterproof?
No. BearVault® products are water resistant, but they are not designed to be submerged. We recommend putting a dry sack either inside or over your BearVault® if you are using it for kayaking, canoeing, rafting, or other water-based trips.
Can I add a rubber gasket to make it waterproof?
It is possible to do this, but we don’t recommend it, because it can make it very difficult to open. Keep in mind that waterproof also means airtight. This sounds like a good thing until you consider that out in nature air pressure can change drastically with temperature and weather, causing a differential with the air pressure inside the canister. What this means is that a totally sealed lid could end up stuck in place by pressure. The better solution is to simply use a dry bag if waterproofing is important for your trip.
If you do choose to try an o-ring, there is a channel just inside the rim that could take one. If you use glue, be sure it is a water-based adhesive (not a solvent-based adhesive, which will damage and compromise the strength of the plastic). O-ring sizes that can work:
- 6.5″ ID #055 or #165 This may be a bit hard to put inside the lid as you need to stretch it 5% to get over the ridge inside the lid
- 6.75″ ID #166 or #261 This will be easier to put inside the lid as you need to stretch it only 2% to get over the ridge inside the lid
Is my BearVault® scent-proof?
No. BearVault® products reduce scent transmission, but in the nose of a bear, almost nothing is “scent-proof”. Bears have the best sense of smell of any animals on earth – that is seven times greater than that of a bloodhound. Now for some fun math – bloodhounds have a sense of smell that is 300 times greater than that of a human. That leaves bears with a sense of smell that is 2100 times greater than that of humans. It puts our little human noses into perspective!
Is it okay to put stickers or reflective tape on a BearVault®?
Lots of people do this! The only word of caution is that some adhesives can damage the plastic. If possible, try to ensure stickers are using water-based adhesives (not solvent-based adhesives, which can damage and compromise the strength of the plastic).
Can I paint my BearVault® with specialty plastic paint?
This is not a good idea, and it will void your warranty. Most products that bind to plastics do so by chemically fusing to the plastic, damaging the structural integrity of the plastic.