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Zone Bear Down Steel- Black Bear


Black Bear has a formula that is a slightly more potent than the BDS Original. Bear Down Steel Black Bear is a hard hitting and highly advanced smelling salt that is not for beginners.


Ammonia Smelling salts for weight lifting have been used for decades in boxing, lifting, and other professional sports. 

Smelling Salts are safe and effective if used properly. Smelling salts deliver a high potency of ammonia gas, opening the blood vessels and creating a rush of oxygen to the brain which creates an instance sense of clarity and focus.  

Zone Smelling Salts come in a powder form (ammonium carbonate ((NH4)2CO3H2O)).  When water is introduced with the ammonium carbonate, ammonia gas is released.

Look at our activation method above to determine if you need to activate your salts, or if it is already done for you.

Give Zone Smelling Salts a try and hit your next PR.


Users of zone smelling salts must also be aware of the following:

• Understand the risks involved with smelling salts.
• Do not abuse or misuse smelling salts.
• Keep smelling salts away from children.
• Avoid contact with eyes, mouth or open wounds.
• Start at a full arm’s length away.
• Do not use if allergic or pregnant.
• Consult a physician before use.
• Use with caution and only as directed.
• Do not use in conjunction with alcohol consumption


Shelf Life: Around 6 months. Once initially opened the lifespan of smelling salts can last anywhere from 1-6 months depending how many times they get used/opened.

The more often fresh oxygen is reintroduced into the bottle the faster it’ll dry out and lose potency.*


Make sure to give the bottle a tap and shake before each use, this will allow the ammonia gas to rise to the top, giving you a clean and potent hit. 

Activation Method: Pre-activated and ready to use!

Intensity Level:  Advanced

Scent: Ammonia

Features: In collaboration with Travis "Papa Bear" Rogers, we created Bear Down Steel collection. Black Bear has a formula that is a slightly more potent than the BDS Original. As mentioned, Bear Down Steel is a hard hitting and highly advanced smelling salt that is not for beginners. Proceeds of sales support the Papabear Strong Foundation. 

How to get the longest life out of my Bear Down Steel?
  • Make sure the seal is intact at the top of the lid (Loose or cracked seals will cause the bottle to leak and kill the bottle quickly)
  • Make sure the lid is on TIGHT after each use
  • Shake before each use and hit the bottom of the bottle (to get everything at the bottom of the bottle.)
  • You don't have to completely remove the lid - Cracking the top can hit just as strong
  • Always remember to keep the bottle a full arm's length away from your face!!!
  • For the biggest hit: Wait 5-10 seconds after shaking to crack the bottle.

What smelling salt is right for you?

We have over 12 different types of smelling salts. Each bottle has a unique formula and each one is made for a varying level of experience. Remember, our goal is to aid you in achieving your maximum performance, not to make you cry. 

New to salts? Start with the Zone Original. Trust us on this one. It is important to take a clean rip from a bottle that you can handle instead of jumping to the strongest bottle and failing your lift. That is not our intention.

Take a look at the intensity chart below. If you are still unsure what salt is right for you, we are here to help. Contact us at



Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Marshall Dalansky
Big grains

10/10 five star. Acute performance boost is noticeable and strong

Devon Hazelett
Black bear

These things are POTENT. Use them for all my top sets. The rush is insane and the jar and artwork speak for themselves. The seal on the jar is incredible, no leaking of any kind.

Brandon Cintron

Zone Bear Down Steel- Black Bear

Zone Smelling Salts

By far the STRONGEST smelling salts on the market! I couldn’t believe how potent it is. Word to the wise; start at a chest distance away from your nose and work your way up to your tolerance level. Zone smelling salts will make you alert and ready to crush a PR!