Bear Spray Time or Volume; What Would You Prefer?

A marketing ploy often used in the bear spray/pepper spray world is that a minimum of 6 seconds of continuous spray is required in order for the spray to be effective. How can anyone make that assertion, when many factors dictate whether or not pepper spray will be effective?

Wind direction and velocity, distance of spray vs. distance of bear at the time of spray, volume of spray per second, concentration of pepper in the spray, and area covered by the spray are all important factors as to whether or not a particular brand of bear pepper spray will be effective.

Unlike other brands that spray a slower forming narrow fog of bear pepper spray, UDAP Pepper Power® Bear Spray deploys a high volume powerful blast of highly concentrated pepper spray in a dense fog – covering a broader area in a much shorter period of time.

bear deterrent

If an angry grizzly charged at you, which type of pepper spray would you want?  One that emits a thick high volume fog of pepper spray in a powerful blast, or one that advertises it has over 6 seconds of spray time?

Now, play the video of an actual bear charge. Then ask yourself the following: How many seconds did the attack take?  How many seconds would I need to defend myself against such an attack?

Now answer this question: “How much bear pepper spray would you want to put between you and an attacking grizzly; how quickly would you want to put it there?”

Get the facts…don’t believe the hype and misleading charts! We have never seen any data to backup this marketing ploy.

UDAP Bear Spray Works!

Personal Defense-Bear Spray and Electric Stun Guns

If you haven’t read the recent news in Billings, there is a serial rapist on the loose and it is leaving women scrambling to learn more about personal defense. While Billings is getting the headlines right now, colleges and other cities have crime rates that leave us all searching for ways to protect ourselves or find new avenues for personal defense!

Personal Defense

At UDAP Pepper Power  we believe in not only women’s safety but everyone’s safety. Pepper spray can also stop an attacker. We also have a new product, electric stun guns. We have various sizes including compact in both pepper bear spray and stun guns so that you won’t have any problem carrying them when your walking, hiking or jogging to assist you in Personal Defense! These products also come in pink for women!

Personal Defense

Personal Defense is something that we all should be thinking about and we should be proactive. While we don’t want to believe that these terrible things can happen to us, they can happen to anyone and you are better off being prepared!

Should you wasp spray instead of bear spray?

I recently heard a self-defense teacher tell her students that they should keep a can of wasp spray by their bed if they couldn’t afford bear spray and they could also carry a can of wasp spray with them to help with self-defense.

Wasp Spray vs Bear Spray

But we’d like to discourage you from doing this for 2 very important reasons.

The active ingredient in most sprays are derived from plants and intended to penetrate the nervous systems of insects and kill them. Wasp sprays have not been formulated to work as self-defense on humans has not been tested and it could make a human sick, but may not stop a person who is trying to attack you. The main ingredient in wasp spray is pyrethrin and its toxic, it may make your assailant sick, but it won’t stop them from attacking you.

And using wasp spray on a bear is going to have the same reaction. It might make the bear more angry, but it isn’t going to stop him.

The other reason is that if you read on the can of wasp spray, you will see that it is illegal in most states to use wasp spray for self-defense. It is also a federal crime as well, “It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.”

The biggest train of thought was that wasp spray could spray and go shoot farther than bear spray, but that isn’t true either. Read the package insert on your bear spray or visit our website and you will see that UDAP Bear Spray is very effective and can spray up to 35 feet. So no more wasp spray!

Wasp Spray vs Bear Spray

 

Hiking in The Great Outdoors

Are you a hiker or do you just like to take long strolls in God’s Country? Well if you answered yes to that question, please don’t forget your bear spray. Hottest Bear spray works on more than just bear! Read below to her what one of our customers had to say about her encounter with a moose!

“UDAP works on moose! 
On a trail run with our dogs in Red Lodge, MT this morning we came across a moose and new calf. Our dogs are trained to not bark at or harass wildlife- and we even went off trail to give her a wide berth, but even that wasn’t enough to keep her from charging. She took 2 blasts from our canisters- and it was like she hit a glass wall. She charged 3 more times from different angles and each time took spray to the face. She moved on, and so did we.”

Thank you for such a great product! We don’t go into the backcountry without it. – Charlene Giffin- Roberts, MT

Hiking in the Great Outdoors

We encourage you to get outdoors and enjoy nature the way it was intended to be appreciated! Bring your camera, take lots of pictures and don’t forget your bear spray for all of those wild animals that you may encounter along the way!

Camping in Yellowstone Park

Are you an avid camper? Or want something fun and different to do with your family this summer? Camping in Yellowstone Park is an awesome way to enjoy the park with your family. Some of the highlights and attractions include amazing backcountry, bicycle-friendly campsite, RV parks and hiking to name a few. There are numerous camping options in Yellowstone Park. For a complete list of campsites please click here for more information.

 

Camping in Yellowstone Park

And as always, remember when you’re outdoors in bear country this summer to carry your Bear spray with you at all times!

Camping Checklist 2013

Camping season is upon us and we wanted to share with you a camping checklist. It’s always better to be prepared when going on an outdoor adventure.  Making sure that you have the necessary supplies and equipment can determine whether you’ll have a great time or not.  And if you’re a list person like me, then checklists make a great tool for keeping you on track.

Your camping checklist is going to depend on where you’re going camping, what type of camping you’re going to be doing and the activities that you’ll be participating in on your outdoor adventure. You will also need to factor in the season and how long your trip will be.

Do you have a camper? Are you staying in a cabin or are you going to stay in a tent? If you’re going to stay in a tent-you’ll need sleeping bags, air mattresses/cots, folding chairs/camping chairs, flashlight/lanterns, pillows, extra batteries, clean water or a water filter or treatment tablets.

Camping Safety Gear

You will need appropriate clothing and footwear, kitchen ware, campfire cooking utensils, food (store all food in sealed bags in a bear resistant container. Like UDAP’s NO-FED-BEAR airtight containers), personal items, fishing gear or outdoor gear for the activities that you have planned. Camera, first aid kit, two-way radios, GPS receiver if you don’t know the area, basically make a checklist of all the supplies that you want to take so you can check it off once it’s packed and loaded into your vehicle. Then you don’t have to worry about leaving anything behind.

To protect you from bears, you will need a light weight electric fence, like UDAP’s Bear Shock.

Camping Safety Gear

Sleeping in bear country can be very frightening for people. This item is an answer to the problem of fear while camping in bear country. This is useful for everyone sleeping in the backcountry.

Bear specialists and outdoor professionals will tell you, bears who willfully enter a camp are either predatory or have become used to eating garbage and human food. Either way these bears are no longer fearful of being in close proximity to humans and are very dangerous.

Bear Shock® is the first ultra lightweight battery-powered, electric fence system and is designed to provide safety and sound sleep while in bear country and to help protect you and your equipment from curious bears by providing a surprising electrical shock if touched. Bear Shock uses three sets of poly-wire with two hot and one ground. When the energizer is turned on, Bear Shock® will distribute an electric charge of about 6,000 volts if touched.

Have a good night’s sleep while sleeping in bear country. It is perfect for backpacking due to its size and weight. Bear Shock® only weighs 3.1 lbs. without batteries and 3.7 lbs. with batteries, and fits in a small 5″ x 20″ storage bag. Bear Shock® will enclose a 27 ft. x 27 ft. area, and runs on 2 D-cell batteries that can supply power to the energizer continuously for approximately five weeks.

Bear Shock® can easily adapt to most environments. There is enough poly wire to fence an area 27ft. by 27ft. It is fully adjustable and has three gate hooks for easy access. A much smaller area can be fenced buy cutting the poly wire. The poly wire can later be tied back together if a larger area is preferred.

Bear Shock® is small, lightweight, portable, and simple to use with all the components included in one easy kit. Bear Shock® helps provide safety and peace of mind for you and your family while enjoying the outdoors.

Go out and enjoy the great outdoors! Stay safe in bear country and use your head, be prepared.

A Customer Question

A customer recently wanted to know if it was permissible to take his bear spray in his carry on bag when he was flying on vacation. He was going camping/fishing and wanted to make sure that he had his bear spray with him.  So we went straight to TSA.gov to find answers and here was the site had to say:

Mace and self-defense sprays are prohibited from carry-on baggage. 

bear spray question

In your checked baggage, you are permitted to have one 118 milliliter or 4 fluid ounce container of mace or pepper spray with a maximum concentration of 2% active ingredient provided that the container is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge. Note: Most animal repellants exceed these volume and concentration limitations.

Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane.

If you are planning a vacation this summer that includes camping, fishing, hiking or other outdoor activities that include flying to your destination and want to take your Bear Spray or Pepper Spray, you can always check with the hotel that you’re staying mail your bear spray ahead of time so that it’s there waiting for you when you arrive. Another idea is to check to see if UDAP Pepper Spray is sold in the area where you will be taking your vacation.

If you have a question, tip or a review of our products, please let us know and we will do our best to answer it here.

Mark Matheny Demonstrates Bear Spray At The 2011 Swan Valley Bear Fair August 6th

Mark Matheny President of UDAP Pepper Power was asked to speak on bear spray and bear safety at this years Swan Valley Bear Fair.

Bear Spray

Image credits: top – Kathy Koors; center and bottom – Erika Edgley

Bear Fair

Fun for the ENTIRE family!RaffleBake SaleKids’ Activities@ the Hungry Bear Steak House in Swan Valley

Hosted by Swan Valley Bear ResourcesUsing community resources to promote human-bear coexistence

BEAR FAIR Saturday, August 6, 2011

EVENT SCHEDULE

11:30 Welcome by Swan Valley Bear Resources12:00 FREE bratwurst served until 1:30. Bake sale proceeds benefit Swan Valley Bear Resources.12:15 Bear pepper spray demonstration1:30 “Northern Divide Grizzly Bear DNA Project” presentation by Kate Kendall, Research Biologist, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, U.S. Geological Service2:15 Raffle drawing2:30 “Bear Management in the Swan Valley” presentation by Tim Manley, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 1 Grizzly Bear Management Specialist3:00 Event concludes

Article in the Montana Standard

January 23, 2011 12:00 am  • 
Montana

Shortly after Tim Lynch told his Bozeman boss about his interest in moving home to Butte, the company and Lynch’s family soon had a new mailing address.

Since late in 2008, Universal Defense Alternative Products Inc. has operated from a new facility just off Harrison Avenue.

Lynch, a Butte native, serves as general manager of the bear spray company’s 4,000-square-foot Butte operation.

“We are doing very well and we are growing at a very fast pace,” Lynch said. “We had a great year.”

The company formed in 1994, two years after a grizzly bear attacked owner Mark Matheny while bow hunting in Gallatin County.

To read the full article click here.