By Emily O’Connor EBS Contributor

Before I discovered Scat Belt, my bear spray was buried deep in my backpack along with sunscreen, water bottles, and snacks.

The spray was out of reach and unlikely to protect me from a bear attack. I understood how poor this setup was, but convinced myself how lighting fast I would grab my bear spray if a situation arose.

Luckily I didn’t have to test this lighting-fast theory before I smartened up and got a Scat Belt.

When I took the belt for a spin around the 3-mile trail near my house, it was lightweight, comfortable, and barely noticeable. I tested the Griz model, which has more features than the original Cub version, including a place to carry small personal items such as keys and a phone.

If you need to carry more, the belt fits comfortably under a backpack. Don’t take any chances! The Scat Belt’s ready for whatever awaits you on the trail. $39.95