Not all bear sprays are created equal and not all bears are the same size. With that being said when you’re recreating in bear country having proper bear spray and a strong piece of mind are crucial.
We play outdoors a lot at the Mountain Weekly News. It’s our job to go outside and test products. So when we do especially in bear country, there’s one tool that always comes with us, a can of Frontiersman Bear Spray.
Frontiersman Bear Spray Review
Frontiersman Bear Spray made by SABRE is available in 2 sizes – 7.9 oz and 9.2 oz. Honestly either size will most likely do the trick if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
To minimize your chances of having an encounter with a bear in the first place, Frontiersman Bear Spray offers the Frontiersman Bear Horn which will in theory alert bears that someone is in the area and they should take off. This is similar to how hikers in the know attach bells on their dogs collars or to their own walking sticks to avoid startling a bear.
Frontiersman Bear Spray Distance
With Frontiersman’s 9.2 oz Frontiersman Bear Spray Canister a single blast can shoot out to 35 feet (10.6 m) in distance. This will give you and even better chance at stopping a charging bear in it’s tracks.
Both the 9.2 oz and 7.9 oz Frontiersman Bear Spray come with a free bear spray holster. Personally I never was able to dial in the fit of the Bear Spray holster against my hip. Instead I prefer to put the bear spray canister in my back pocket, or in side pockets along my backpack or even sometimes in a chest pocket if applicable.
Regardless of where you decide to store your bear spray it needs to be available on the fly. Not shoved into the bottom of a zippered pack.
Grizzly bears can reportedly reach up to 35 miles an hour, and this one looks like it was moving close to that speed. Usain Bolt, at top speed, reaches just over 27 miles per hour.
Even with the Frontiersman Bear Spray’s 35 feet of stopping range, it’s best practice to always have your bear spray accessible, and ready to fire.
Bear Spray Practice
A Grizzly Bear is charging toward you and your family, you pull out your bear spray canister, and now what? Thankfully Sabre and Frontiersman have thought this scenario through and through. Most likely you haven’t practiced for this once in a lifetime potentially life threatening event of a bear charging you. (yet..)
Luckily there’s the 7.9 oz Practice Bear Spray from Frontiersman. What this innate bear spray canister does is allow you to use real life practice drills to see how quickly you can access your bear spray. More importantly how fast you can depress the canister button to activate the spray.
Do you need to take the safety off? Did you fumble with this at all? If so keep playing aka practicing until you feel 100% confident.
But won’t the practice canister sting my eyes? The 7.9 oz Practice Bear Spray has zero bear spray chemicals added. It’s basically a big blast of air that simulates depressing a bear canister in the field. You might want to even cover your ears, this thing’s loud.
If you plan to travel in bear habitat, especially Grizzly Bear terrain it would be in your best interest to practice, practice, and practice some more. Same goes for everyone you plan to travel with.
Frontiersman Bear Spray are available starting at $39.99-$69.99 depending on the size.
Pro Tip: Last but not least make sure you practice with the real canisters and practice canisters outdoors. I accidentally set one off near my truck and it took a while to get that burning in the eyes sensation to go away. The way I felt would certainty make a bear think twice about continuing in the direct of the blast.
Be safe out there.