« TYH Supplies 22pcs Mixed Aluminum Handle Crochet Hook Knitting Set + 20pcs Knitting Crochet Locking Stitch Markers Paracord for Beginners: Creative, Crafty Paracord Projects & More (Paracord, Craft Business, Knot Tying, Fusion Knots, Knitting, Quilting, Sewing) » 3 thoughts on “Coghlan’s Magnetic Bear Bell, Red” 67 of 69 people found the following review helpful Not helpful, according to a guide at Glacier, September 11, 2013 By Sue C. (Saint Paul, MN, USA) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Coghlan’s Magnetic Bear Bell (Sports) I bought two of these bells in preparation for a trip to Glacier National Park. I must say that they are really nice bells, and if you center the bell and magnet correctly in the bag, it does muffle the bell pretty well. However, when we arrived at our lodge in Glacier I asked our host (an experienced trail guide) if bear bells are recommended or not. He said no. Apparently studies have shown that bears don’t recognize the bells as anything significant, so bells aren’t considered effective. Singing, talking loudly, even the sound of a snapping stick would be more recognizable for a bear. Our host said that “trail etiquette” is actually to walk 10 yards (I think he said yards) apart, and talk loudly enough that you and your hiking companion can hear each other without facing each other. I ran through most of my (very limited) singing repertoire while on the trail – I’d expect that there are few bears seeking counseling because of that 🙂 All that, plus bear spray as an absolute last resort. Since bear spray can’t be carried on an airplane, the lodge has quite a few abandoned cans, and lends them out freely along with instructions on how to use them correctly (very important). So, we carried bear spray for a week, and didn’t see a single bear on the trail. I guess it worked! As for the bells, I’m attaching one to my patio door so I know if anyone comes in. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (5) Reply 20 of 20 people found the following review helpful Loud and easy to use, May 3, 2013 By Keooh (Ohio) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) There are differing points of view about whether or not bear bells actually deter bears. As a woman camping alone, I got it to attach to the zipper of my tent – if anyone tries to unzip it – I’ll hear it! The bell is plenty loud, and I like the nifty silencer. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 18 of 19 people found the following review helpful Bear Bell, July 4, 2010 By Chris N. – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) I got this for my wife almost as a joke but we did use it on a couple of long hikes in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State this summer. I guess it worked, because we were not harassed by any bears! In all seriousness though, bears would just assume stay clear of people, so the experts say that the best way to avoid an encounter is to let them know you are coming. This product certainly makes noise as you move around on a hike, and I believe that it is indeed effective. Be warned though, when you are half way up a high peak, and it’s hot, and humid, and the black flies are biting, the incessant sound of Santa’s sleigh maybe a little too much to bear (no pun intended). The magnetic silencer mostly works, but it’s a little tricky. The metal ball inside the bell has to be right at the bottom of the bell for the magnet to immobilize it completely. Even then, it will break free once in while as you move around. The product performs exactly as well as I expected it to. I think it makes a charming little gift for the outdoors type person. For the price, it’s worth it just for the fun of giving it to someone and having a good laugh. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (3) Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.