If you are going into bear territory, you want to bring a bear bell at minimum, and preferably a can of spray as well. SABRE Frontiersman Bear Spray is tested to be the most effective on the market, with a spray blast that reaches up to 35ft away. This is the brand used by law enforcement.
If a bear approaches, you spray a blast to deter the bear. If it comes closer, you spray at the bear’s face, which is supposed to cause the bear to retreat, or at least slow it down, buying you get away time. SABRE’S Frontiersman bear spray has been tested on real charging bears. It provides 52 grams of capsicum pepper per one second blast spray. It’s unpleasant for the bear, but doesn’t cause any lasting harm to the bear or the environment. That glow in the dark safety clasp helps you see what you are doing in low light conditions.
Even when not in bear country, we don’t go camping without bear spray, mostly not for bears but for other things that can get us. Though I don’t expect to use it, it gives me peace of mind to have it and it’s always better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it, right?
The National Park Service recommends noise makers to avoid ever having to see a bear in the first place. Bear Bells like SABRE’s brightly colored bells do the trick. Their bells are awesome because they have a magnet attached to quiet the bell, so you can control when it sounds off and keep it quiet when you want to.
These two options will decrease your odds of a bear encounter you don’t want. It’s so easy to take these precautions, there’s no reason to take the risk of going into the outdoors unprepared. Find SABRE Frontiersman Bear Spray HERE and the bells HERE.