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Rated5out of5bythe-explorersfromDoes what it says on the tinI have had this bear box for over 10 years and have used it on overnight backpacking trips in bear country many times. There are scratches on the outside from where bears have tried to get in but haven't succeeded. Definitely worth having.
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated4out of5byPhantomSoulfromGreat for Heavy Duty PurposesThis is a heavy-duty bear canister ideal for places where conventional tree bear bags or canisters with twist-off style lids are no longer sufficient and there are no fixed facilities for overnight food storage. Because of its weight, it should really only be considered when other types of food storage solutions are insufficient. Also, for most practical purposes, because of the limited storage space, each person will need to carry his/her own, with 2 smaller people possibly being able to share depending on the length of the outing.
That being said, this product is nothing short of vital in a grizzly bear wilderness or other high-traffic wilderness where bear activity is especially problematic. (Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness, anyone?) A bear cannot get into this without finding a way to crush it or using a manufactured tool, like a coin or screwdriver. A slick texture makes the canister far more likely to roll away than being crushed if a bear tries to use its weight to crush it.
The lid of the canister is NOT air-/watertight and the contents can and will get wet if left upright out in the rain. Simply turning the canister over so that is upside down when being stored overnight, however, minimizes the moisture that can get in, and short of a flood under the canister, will keep your food dry enough to remain useful.
The smooth PVC surfaces also make the canister easy to clean.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated4out of5byOn The FlyfromHeay duty bear can.Great product for areas where bear cans are required. I've backpacked a couple of times with this particular bear can and it "performed" like a champ. Though we never actually needed it to stave off bears, we were confident having them. They are a little heavy, which is a plus and a minus. The minus is the obvious added carrying weight. But on the positive side, they are extremely durable and they are so sturdy they work well as a small seat or stool around camp. They are roomy and carry plenty of supplies for backpacking. Just be sure to carry a quarter for the locking mechanism (or some sort of knife or multi-task tool). In summation, I would recommend this bear can to anyone, I was very pleased with it. A small note: my only other experience has been with a bear can that has a twist on top. Both worked fine.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated4out of5byAZ girl in WAfromKind of bulky but has a multi-useI have used this container couple of times now and luckily haven't had a chance to see how it would hold up to bears. I've used it only on 1 and 2 over nighters so after putting all the food in it, had plenty of space in there to store other items while hiking. When I did a solo 1 night backpacking trip, I put my food, fuel, stove, kitchen-ware and toiletries in it. I think it might be perfect size for a 5-7 day hike. So it is a tad bit big for small trips, fits a little awkward in the pack and hard to get out. We added straps to it which made it easier to pull out of the pack and to tie to a tree (so a critter wouldn't be able to roll it away). It also works great as a stool, so I was able to leave my tripod stool at home. As mentioned before, it's best to flip it over so the lid won't start to dip down.
Date published: 2013-09-08
Rated4out of5byForgottenKnightfromSolidIt's solid, durable, and useful. Although bulky, it fits well in my Osprey pack. It's larger inside than I had anticipated and has a very reasonably sized opening. The outside is very slippery as is intended to keep bears from grasping it well, but doesn't have any methods for strapping it to a pack externally and allows straps and ropes to slide off. I was told other canisters have that, but I haven't done the market research to validate that statement. I purchased this one because my local Columbia, MD REI store doesn't carry bear canisters at all, the REI store in the Fort Collins, CO area I was visiting didn't have any others in stock and was out of rentals, and all of the other sporting goods stores in that area were completely sold out due to a new rule of bear canisters being required at Rocky Mountain National Park. I like the product and it works really well. I just wish it would be shaped a little differently externally to help prevent straps from slipping off, so that it could be more easily externally strapped to a pack. But it fits inside the pack well enough for it to only really be an issue for the flights… (I'd rather have this durable canister strapped to the outside than the sleeping bag or tent while my backpacking gear is being tossed around by airline baggage and TSA personnel).
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated5out of5byknowWhentoFoldfromIt works, no more hanging & losing foodI have never lost food that I'd hung before, but once National Parks began requiring bear cans I've never regretted the security of this bear can. I cannot overrate the convenience of a bear canister. While not required in the Enchantment Lakes area, it was a no-brainer to use this for protection against rodents. I've owned mine for 20 or so years now. Packing it is a bit tricky for longer trips for two, but can be done, esp if you remember that it won't need to hold your first day's food as it will be eaten before tucking in for the night. Also, freeze dried food packaging is rather bulky and doesn't like to go through the small mouth of this product. The can held enough food for 4 days/3 nights for two, using bulk foods and plastic bags to hold chili mixes, rice, barley, quinoa, beef jerky, tomato leather, dried pears and trail mix.
I lightly sanded mine, then spray painted it orange for easier locating in the a.m., tho I often put it in a natural depression between rocks or logs. It has never been touched.
These do weigh a bunch, but I've dropped 4.5 lb by downgrading my pack, and moved from a tent to a tarp, dropping another 2 lb or better. If I didn't already have this can, I'd have considered the carbon fiber can. Water will get in if left out in the rain opening side up. I leave it out opening side down.
Date published: 2013-09-01
Rated5out of5byrider123fromGets the job doneI'd like it to weigh less, but it's a bear canister, and it does have to stop 400lb+ bears. Took it on a 5 day backpacking trip to the Sierras where it held up and did the job just fine (no bears put it to the test, though :-). It's quite slippery on the outside. So, I'd recommend getting the Garcia bag to hold it. I found that made it easy to strap onto the pack. I plan to keep on using it.
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated4out of5byJonRfromEffective and reliableI've tested this twice, in the WA Cascades and CA Sierras near Yosemite, both areas with an established bear population. We saw 4 bears during the CA hike, but our food and camp area were unmolested. Only downside during a multi-day backpack trip is the bulk and lack of flexibility- the cannister doesn't get smaller as the hike goes on and your food is consumed!
Date published: 2013-08-28
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