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  • Made from a tough ABS polymer with smooth sides and rounded edges so bears have nothing to grip onto
  • Stainless-steel locks are easy for humans to open with a coin or screwdriver, but are difficult for bears to open
  • Includes food-grade plastic bag for wrapping food for storage

Made in USA.

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Best Use Backpacking
Gear Capacity (L) 10 liter
Gear Capacity (cu. in.) 614 cubic inches
Material(s) ABS polymer
Dimensions 12 x 8.8 inches
Weight 2 lbs. 12 oz.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from teeth marks I was solo 50 miles from the nearest road hiking in the back country of northern Yosemite at altitude in the winter. When I woke up my Bear canister was gone. It took me a half hour to find it. But I did find all my food! The bear left teeth marks around the lid area. I was not able to duplicate the severity of the marks with my pocket knife, large sharp rock, or even crampons. I don't know what is scarier, that I was almost without food so far from civilization or that the bear never woke me up. Aslo I have a Osprey Atmos 65 and this can fits in the sleeping bag compartment even though its a tight fit.
Date published: 2008-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If there are bears-you will need it We primarily backpack in the ADK mountains where, until somewhat recently, these were not required in the high peaks. We decided to purchase our own, although we had historically rented them from local outfitters. This model is by far the best. The opacity means that the bears cannot see what is inside, the flat top allows the container to double as a table or seat, and when not in use-it is a great food storage container for those shelf-stable items that you might have misplaced before the season began. It boils down to buying this model for yourself, or keeping the small shopkeepers going-either way, you won't lose your food to the bears.
Date published: 2008-10-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, Solid Canister Good for short trips (5 days or less), very difficult to fit 6 or more days of food into and also very heavy compared to other bear canisters on the market. I was provided this can by my employer for 8-day backcountry trips in Yosemite and it was not a pretty situation. I will say, however, that these cans withstand any bear abuse and make a good chair while eating dinner :) Be aware, the seams at the top around the lid are not water or ant proof: turn it upside down if you expect a storm and put tape over the seams if there are lots of small bugs about.
Date published: 2010-12-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A problem with this canister I used it once and then a couple years later I found the plastic around one of the locking pins was undergoing some kind of chemical reaction and warping, tightening around the locking pin so that it was almost too hard to open. NOTE: The canister had never been near heat or exposed to chemicals. Because I did not want to be stuck in the backcountry with a full canister of food and no way to open it, I rented a Bear Vault for that trip. I contacted the manufacturer, Backpacker's Cache and explained the problem and sent pictures. I asked for a replacement lid and they refused. Your better off buying a Bear Vault for the same price. It will not lock up on you AND has more space for less weight.
Date published: 2015-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great bear canister available Bought this bear canister for a backpacking trip in Yosemite, and am glad I made the purchase. As others say, the canister is a bit heavy, but is extremely durable, and makes a great seat around the campfire (just make sure to sit on the bottom as I've been told the top can sink in). The opening is a bit small as compared to the Bear Vault models (wife has smaller BV), and makes stuffing things in a little tricky, but I was surprised how much I could fit into this canister once I repacked all my food. It sat out in the rain overnight and everything on the inside was completely dry. I did notice the outside of the canister tends to scratch easily, but I really don't care about that but others may, so wanted to mention it.
Date published: 2013-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Useful, but heavy This canister meets the standards where bear canisters are required by the Park Service (areas of the Sierra Nevadas). I used it on two week+ long trips in the Sierras and found it easier to set up than hanging food (especially where there are no trees in alpine terrain). I also used it to wash my clothes in, since I didn't want to put soap into the streams. If you're on a road trip, you can pack a few articles of clothing, water, and detergent in it. After a half-day of semi-bumpy driving, your clothes will have gone through a full cleaning cycle!
Date published: 2007-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Canister Washington state law requires that you hike with a bear canister if you are staying overnight and carrying food otherwise, we would not have brought bear canisters. That being said, we were on the Olympic Coast for 6 days and took two types of canisters. We fit more than half of our food and eventually trash in this canister. We left it outside (300ft from tent) at night and did not have any problems. The food stayed dried and it was easy to open and use. If you need to get a bear canister, this is your best option. Only issue is that it isn't very efficient for the backpack so you have to be efficient to pack around it. Aside from that, it's a great piece of equipment.
Date published: 2010-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works, no more hanging & losing food I 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: 2013-09-02
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Is this approved for the Eastern High Peaks in New York's Adirondacks?

Asked by: Dylan Chorny
That area of the country does require you use a bear canister when overnight camping, but they do not have specific requirements as to the type of canister. We recommend checking with your local government prior to your trip.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-02

Approximately how many 2-serving packages of Backpacker's Pantry or Mountain House freeze dried food will a container hold? This is for five people on 6-day trip to Ansel Adams. We need to bring 54 packages, mostly 2-servings, some are just one serving.

Asked by: LDog
The Garcia will hold roughly 10 packages of Mountain House 2-serving packages. Eight will fit vertically and two will fit horizontally. This is however an estimate, as not all 2-serving packages are the same size.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-06

Is this one Yosemite/Yellowstone approved?

Asked by: ChrisMtnHiker
Yes it is. This is also known as the Model 812 Backpackers' Cache (Garcia).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-20

Do you have bear canisters for rental? I don't see it on the website.

Asked by: Thecamper does not rent bear canisters. Some REI stores may rental the canisters. Contact the nearest REI store at this link:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-12

Are any of the Bear cannisters you offer sent proof?

Asked by: Alpha Wolfe
The bear canisters we offer are not scent proof.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-29
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