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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.