New backpackers all want to know how to secure their food when hiking, backpacking, or camping in bear country. I have found the Bear Vault to be an excellent choice. The Bear Vault has been my trusty companion on all of my backpacking trips throughout Northern California. It has kept my food secure from bears, raccoons, squirrels, insects, and inclement weather. It is built tough and built to last. I highly recommend the Bear Vault.