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Food bag recommendations

So, it's just about time for a new food bag and I wanted to get some recommendations.  My current bag is small (i can get 3 days of food in it, sort of) and I'd like to have something a little bigger.  I typically do bear hangs in an effort to protect it from bears and rodents (a buddy of mine has used the bear boxes twice and, both times, got rodent-ed, after making fun of me for hanging mine 🙂 ).

Anyway, I've seen several YouTubers with fancy (expensive) cottage products and wanted to see what y'all use / recommend.

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I use the largest of the pack of three dry sacks.  Cheap, large enough for five or six days food, waterproof, lightweight, and did I say cheap? 

Retired medical technologist and engineer
REI member since 1978
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@Hikes_in_Rain  is that the Wal Mart 3 pack or does REI have one?

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REI does have bags;  good ones.  I started with the WalMart set, and found they have a really different definition of waterproof than I! Look for roll down tops, sealed fabric, things like that. I still use one or two of them just to keep things organized in my pack, but I do what I can to keep them dry.   Here's a search that should help:  https://www.rei.com/search?q=food+bag I now use the Outdoor Products three pack, which was gifted to me, but I don't see it here.

Retired medical technologist and engineer
REI member since 1978
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I recently ponied-up and got a large waterproof dyneema food back from Hilltop Packs.  Wait for a sale, but I'm very happy with the product.

I have used a bear bag from Hilltop Packs for a couple of years now, and it’s quality gear.  Expensive, but I doubt I will need to ever purchase another bear/food bag again.

@nathanu @JeffPPeters I second the Hilltop Packs review.  I first discovered them in a podcast I listen to, and have never been disappointed with a single product purchased from them!

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I do a lot so solo backpacking usually less than a week and use the Bear Vault. As far as hanging, I have also used heavy duty clear plastic fold over sacks used for kayaking and canoeing. I know they will be waterproof, plus, I can see through them,

aka "Boonerelli"


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