Coghlans Magnetic Bear Bell

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Coghlans Magnetic Bear Bell
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The Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnet is a must have for any adventure in bear country.
The bell alerts bears to your presents on the trail, so you don't come around a corner for a surprise encounter.
Easily hangs off off pack strap.
Included and attached mesh bag has a built in magnet that silences the bell when you don't need it.
The first step to a good defense in bear country is preventing surprise encounters, wear a bear bell and stay safe.


  • Aluminum and nylon construction


  • Use the hook-and-loop strap to attach to clothing, pack or trekking pole so that motion will cause the bell to ring


  • Import.


  • Bell provides a steady warning of your presence to animals in the area
  • When not required, keep the bell in its attached bag with magnet that keeps bell from ringing
  • Wt. 2 oz.
  • Magnet in mesh storage bag eliminates any noise when not needed.

Coghlan's Bear Bell attaches to your clothes or pack with a Velcro strap. Movement creates a steady ringing that warns animals of your approach. A magnet in the bell's storage bag silences the bell when not in use. Color: Black.

Manufacturer model #:0425.

Attach the Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer to your belt loop or pack, to give an audible warning to wildlife, of your presence. Stash in the mesh storage bag, with magnetic silencer, when you want to travel quietly.

Al's Sports
Coghlan Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer: Attaches to clothing or pack with a Velcro strap. Movement causes a steady ringing to warn animals of your presences. Magnet in bag eliminates noise.
Oregon Mountain Community
The Coghlan's Bear Bell With Silencer is the age old solution to muting your bear protection before you're on the trail.


Now you don't have to listen to your bear bell all the way to the trailhead. This bell uses a magnet to eliminate noise when you're not on the trail.


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Dimensions:2 x 1 inches
Size:1" x 4" 2.54 cm x 10 cm
Weight:1.2 ounces

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Coghlans Magnetic Bear Bell Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

A good idea

I use this on my backpack when I go out alone in the back country. It works well, and being able to turn it 'off' is nice. I like the fact I can put it wherever I want via the Velcro loop. I have even looped it onto my handlebars and it was worked great. The main reason I got it is to raises awareness of hikers/bikers when I'm biking in the mountains and there are a lot of blind corners. I do have a chime on my handlebars, but sometimes especially when your climbing you don't have time to hit it. This rings consistantly. I don't know about wildlife - especially bears but it has gotten the attention of some hikers/bikers.
KevinH at REI on 11/11/2010

Jingle Bells

Found this in the camping section, but use it on my mountain bike.

Works well on multi-use trails: hikers and horses hear you coming. No drama.

Works well on single-track: Often blind turns, etc- other bikers coming the other way can hear me. Again, no drama. Better if everyone had a bear bell.

It's not needed (unwanted) on long climbs or downhills: That's what the magnet bag is for.

Biggest con: not easy to slip the magnet bag on when riding. A thumb switch with a magnet on it would be much better.

BTW- This bell is recommended for trail use by the San Diego Mountain Bike Association (SDMBA).
jSatch at REI on 09/09/2008

Just One More Device To Help

Several people have mentioned that they felt these are not loud enough but you have to keep in mind how much better wildlife can hear than humans. Works great for Moose too as I was hiking one day and turned a blind corner and wound up almost nose to nose with a cow and two calves but she had already raised up from grasing so she was not spooked. I simply back stepped a bit and gave her some room. Any tool that has a chance at preventing a negative wildlife interaction is worth carrying, especially when it is so light!
DrMartiniX at REI on 03/03/2011

Very Happy

This bell works great. The bell is a little hard to get back in the bag, but the bag is pretty big and you can pull the magnet away from the bell without taking it out of the bag.

The magnet works great too. It doesn't always catch at first, but if you gently roll the bell around, the magnet will attach to the ball just fine.

If you really shake it, the ball will come loose, but just hiking doesn't jar it enough and I've never gotten the clattering sound previous reviews have described.
blackfire at REI on 07/07/2010

A Better Bell

Just got back from Wrangell St. Elias NP and was walking through a lot of heavy brush. Folks have complained the the sound was to faint but I wonder if they took it out of the pouch. It doesn't have to sound like a klaxon, it just needs to keep tinkling to let the bear know your coming. Sure, singing and clapping are probably better but I can't keep that up for 8 hours. We saw lots of bears but none too close. It thought it was effective and worth the [$] bucks.
Meateater at REI on 10/10/2009

Does what its supposed to do.

It does exactly what its supposed to do. Bells aren't meant to scar away bears. They are meant to make your presence known so as not surprise a bear. A bear that is surprised is much more likely to attack than otherwise. Personally I feel that it's worth every penny to help avoid a confrontation.
Atrox at REI on 07/07/2008

Bear bell works!

I was thoroughly pleased with this product, I had no issues getting it back in the bag. It was not as annoying as I thought it would be either. Hard to tell if it was loud enough, we didn't see any bears so as far as I can tell it works great!
turkeylips at REI on 08/08/2010

good for more than bears

Have used them for years on my dog's collars. Not so concerned about the bears, but warns careless hunters of our presence in the woods!!
Also helps find where the dogs are when their "ears are closed" and do not come when called.
animal lover at REI on 10/10/2007

Negative Reviews:

Poor design makes this bell fall flat

I bought this bell so I could hear my dog while we hike in the woods. He runs off-leash and occasionally gets lost, so I thought a bear bell on his collar would help me find him faster. Unfortunately, the bell fell off within 30 minutes on our very first hike, never to be found again. The hook and loop fastener simply isn't big or strong enough to provide a secure connection to anything. Also, the magnet in the attached netted pouch kept sticking to the side of the bell, dampening (not muting) the ring while the dog ran. On the plus side, this bell had a less offensive tone than another brand that I received for Christmas. If I had it to do over again, I think I'd just pick up a bell at the local craft store and use a zip-tie to attach it to the dog's collar. That would be stronger and even cheaper than the store-bought model.
ritmatt at REI on 12/12/2011


I'll stick with banging sticks and talking loud, singing or whistling when I feel it's necessary.
The magnet for the bell isn't really strong enough to hold the ball completely still. Even if you put the whole thing in your pocket, it still clicks. So it's not exactly quiet when you want it to be. Annoying.
old turtle at REI on 09/09/2007

A false sense of security...AVOID!!!

Bears have a difficult time being able to actually hear bear bells. Read Dr. Herrero's book on avoiding bear attacks about how worthless bear bells really are. Clapping, yelling, a whistle, and loud singing have worked well for years. If you really want to get everyone and everything's attention, an air horn works quite nicely.
Grizz at REI on 04/04/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Not a great value for money

I find the Bear Bell to be over-engineered with it's magnet, mesh sack, and velcro tabs. This is more than any real hiker / runner / adventurer needs to carry. The bell produces the wrong note to warn all common bear species in the western United States. It's also slightly overpriced with it's smoothly shaped metal. After realizing it's failings I started with a used oil drum. I turned the top half into a Jamaican Steel Drum and have been cutting out flower-shaped metal pieces from the bottom half. It's trivial to turn the metal cut-outs into my own model of bear bell. Steel ball bearings from an old Rototiller fit perfectly into my slightly larger hand made bells. The bells I make also produce the proper note to warn all species of bear that inhabit the trails of the Western US. I don't know how REI can charge nearly $5 for something that contains $1.35 in raw materials which can be easily found in any junk yard. Please do yourself a favor and make your own bell instead of paying a king's ransom for REI's luxury version.
PositiveThinking at REI on 03/03/2013

Great memento

Great memento but too quiet to actually scare bears away (you have to resort to shaking the bell like a baby rattle). Hard to place in bag to keep the bell quiet when needed. I would stick to buying whistle or talking loudly to let bears know that you are in the area. Though the one time it was used we did not encounter any bears.
Midwest James at REI on 10/10/2007