The concept for the BearVault was born during a 2002 Sierra backpacking trip with friends from theSan Diego Hiking Club . Camped around a mountain lake, the group was lamenting the problems they had with bear canisters. Everybody agreed the available canisters were too heavy, held too little and had too small an opening.
Since 2004, they've made a few design changes and have also been grizzly bear approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. This involves a similar one-hour test in the hands of a mighty Grizzly.