Works great with the Bear Vault BV-500
This Garcia carrying case is well constructed and fits my clear plastic Bear Vault BV-500 perfectly snug. I decided to go with the Bear Vault barrel versus the Garcia because it's slightly larger, weighs a little less, seals better, has a larger opening, and is transparent so I can see the contents.
A cover like this is an easy solution for those who need to suspend a bear barrel on the outside of the pack or carry it on a sling. It avoids the hassle of constructing and relying on a makeshift system using para cord and duct tape or whatever. Personally I have a large backpack and I hate having junk hanging off the outside, so my bear barrel always goes inside.
Why do I use this cover then? Primarily to make my shiny transparent blue bear barrel less obvious from a distance when I cache my food on the open tundra or on a gravel bar. The Denali experts feel bears may be attracted by food visible inside a transparent barrel, or at least by the myriad of shiny objects in there. The cover also makes it a little easier carrying a slick plastic barrel around camp in the cold and wet.
I added a tiny zipper pull cord and a small reflective cloth panel to the cover. Now I can shine my light from the tent and confirm my food is still in position and a bear hasn't decided to play dodgeball with it. Sometimes I use a length of paracord through the loops on the cover to secure it to a bush or rock.
The website photo of this item shows what appears to be a shiny metallic zipper, but my current(?) version has a black plastic zipper. The material is a fairly thin coated nylon, and probably not the most resistant to abrasion. But it helps keep the weight of the cover down to a mere couple of ounces, and for the money I have found this a good investment.