Counter Assault Deterrent Spray - 8.1 oz.

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Counter Assault Deterrent Spray - 8.1 oz. -

Counter Assault Bear Deterrent spray is designed to drive away bears in the event of an attack.

Please Note: This product is not able to be shipped to the state of Wisconsin or Massachusetts.

Made in USA.


  • Counter Assault Bear Deterrent spray includes a safety cap to help prevent accidental discharge
  • Use with extreme caution—if not used properly, it can disable the user, rather than the bear
  • Spray reaches 12 to 30 ft. and empties in approximately 7 sec.
  • Contains 2% Capsaicin and other Capsaicinoids, red pepper derivatives that affect the eyes and respiratory system, staving off attack
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Dimensions:2 x 8.5 inches
Volume:8.1 fluid ounces
Weight:11 ounces

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Counter Assault Deterrent Spray - 8.1 oz. Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

It works, but get the larger canister

I'm a wildlife photographer and I can tell you from personal experience that this stuff works, but only when used properly. Get the larger canister. For a few bucks more you get a few seconds more of spray and that can mean all the difference. When deployed, the canister will put out a decent sized fog cloud that your target will either run into or have it blown into its face. In Grizzly country, carry it in your hand (best) or pocket on your chest or front of pants where you can get to it IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT carry it in your backpack. I do not recommend using a belt holster. Too difficult to draw in a hurry and more of an opportunity to drop it when you need it most. Practice popping off the trigger safety. Deploy at the distance recommended on the can (very important). If you deploy too early (this is hard to refrain from doing) the fog is less likely to deter the bear. This product will (obviously) not protect you if the wind is blowing towards you or you are in a crosswind situation. Make sure the wind is blowing towards the bear, into its face. Once you discharge the canister, even part way, do not reuse. Buy a new one. Also toss the canister after the expiration date. Talk loud, make noise, use a bell, and most likely you'll never use this product and toss it out after it expires.
wayazo at REI on 08/08/2009

Didn't use it. Now what?

Okay, everything out in Yellowstone NP tells you to carry bear spray. Every person I saw there had it. Carried on their belt like a 6 shooter. Everywhere in Yellowstone is PRIME bear country. So they can be anywhere. So you really do need the spray. But the thing is that it is expensive. But now what? I understand that had I needed it I would have paid anything to have it. But, now it will sit here in my basement. I guess it can go on craigslist. The only real complaint is that it does not come with a holster. that would have been nice. there are some out there that come with a belt holster. I carried mine in my pocket which twisted my pants and made sitting uncomfortable. I will say that had I needed it and it worked I would have given 5/5. But get the one with the holster.
Grapes at REI on 09/09/2013

Can't fly with this stuff

Don't forget that you can't pack this for an airplane ride, so if you're flying, then you should purchase it where you land. --or else, plan in advance and mail it to your destination address. We purchased ours at our destination, and then just donated it to the back country rangers for their training/use. --Just got back from a trip to Glacier Natn. Park. If you're going across the border, the EPA-approved bear sprays are allowed to cross. --we didn't have to use it, but this was the brand that all the rangers were carrying.
Tom and Emily at REI on 07/07/2008

Makes for a safer experience

My dog and I were attacked in our neighborhood last summer by another dog, so I bought this and bring it on all our walks now. It makes me feel safer and isn't too big to carry while walking. We also carry it when camping on day hikes. I've never had to actually use it but I read a lot of reviews before purchasing and it seems like it has worked for others in the past. I'm glad I carry it and hope I will never have to use it.
bookramer at REI on 07/07/2010

Better than a gun

On my last fishing trip to Alaska I had a run in with a very mad grizzly sow and she was in a full run and my dad and I as we were fishing. It took the whole can but it stopped her in her tracks and went the other way. If it was not for the spary I dont think I would be writing this today. It really does work and will save your butt from what ever you spray at.
dograft at REI on 09/09/2010

Excellent bear protection!

I lived and guided in Alaska and Colorado for the past 15 years and I have had to use this product several times on a few bear encounters. I even carry it at work now daily because we encounter bears weekly! Its works, its easy to carry and easy to deploy at a safe range, and it wiill give you peace of mind if you are not armed!
MikenColorado at REI on 09/09/2013

That Extra Measure of Protection

As member of Search and Rescue, we often are in the woods during peak active times for bears and cougars. Having this extra protection for the safety of my team is important. The great thing is, it is effective and the animal doesn't have to die.
SAR Lady at REI on 10/10/2013

can't fly with it!

from what i've heard these bear sprays really do work; however, TSA doesn't allow them on airplanes so be warned, if you plan on flying to your destination then don't pack this, they won't allow it!!
james3 at REI on 07/07/2008

Worth it for the mental peace

Didn't actually have to use this baby, but it puts your mind at ease just carrying it through. (when your neighboring 400 grizzlies in northern Montana, you'll appreciate having it.
Dannocycle at REI on 09/09/2007

Hopefully, you'll never use.

This is a product that you'll rely on but hope you'll never have to use. It's easy to use and the instructions are extremely simple.
Rockjock29 at REI on 08/08/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Awkward to Carry, but Good Reputation

This stuff has a great reputation for keeping bears and other large mammals away. I live in Montana, and I do a lot of trail running in areas where bears frequent, so bear spray is pretty important to me. The only draw-back of this is that it is exceedingly difficult to carry. They make a holster for it, but it's really for people who just walk. For running, the canister needs to be secure, accessible, and stable. If it bounces around or flies all over the place, it's a complete distraction and will likely be left at home. I would recommend that the manufacturer work on creating a way for back-country athletes to carry this spray.
sugnim at REI on 06/06/2013

semi-effective; be careful.

We had to use this on a black bear in California. It was completely ineffective at 25 feet. Only at about eight feet did this act as a mild deterrent. We got the impression that the bear simply found it annoying, and that it would be totally useless in an assault situation. In the end, it saved our food cache and an expensive backpack from total decimation, but I would absolutely not rely on this stuff as a deterrent against attack. I give it a 3 for saving our food/gear, and I'll probably carry it in the future, but I would prefer a spicier version!
irocz at REI on 08/08/2008

Cheap Container

I had this with me (as I always do backpacking or hiking) and it fell from my hand about 3 1/2 feet to the ground, hit a few pebbles and starting pouring out the horrible noxious gas. It got me and my dog. I was fine...I spent the rest of the day washing my eyes out periodically, and my dog was okay after a few big coughs and some big sneezes. I can't believe this can punctured so easily, you would think because it is made to be used in the backcountry it would be a little more rugged. Guess not.
haveyourmile at REI on 11/11/2009

A necessary evil

The safety clip is not very effective. When attached to the outside of the pack the movement breaks it free. Not something you want to happen and is very strong similar to CS spray. Never ended up using it even with several bear encounters in Glacier. If on sale then buy it otherwise not really needed if the group your with is making enough noise.
jag115 at REI on 06/06/2010

Glad I had it!

During my Sept. Alaska fishing trip, an aggressive young bear threatened me to "drop my fish" to him. As he advanced towards me, I wifted a short spray in the air over him - at 15 feet. He recognized the smell and backed off. If he continued closer, it would have been in his face. Many bears who annoy fisherman as such get routinely sprayed.
Pokefish808 at REI on 09/09/2009

Good piece of mind

It really works!! Carried it in my pocket all day and never saw a bear!
None at REI on 11/11/2013