Bear Canister Reccomendation/Advice
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Author:  KellyK [ Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:50 am ]
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I agree that there are bad hang jobs out there I'm sure. We haven't backpacked a ton in NH, but one time in particular (Blue Brook in the wild River Wilderness), even though there were tons of trees, they were all spruce/pine and the branches were just not conducive at all to hanging. Since this is NH, I'm sure that is pretty common.

Author:  Granite Guy [ Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:43 am ]
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So far so good on the can order. Already shipped. Here's what I got if anyone else is seriously looking for a smaller one for just a couple days food.


They had 25 % extra off yesterday (still an extra 15% today) so it only cost me 40 something dollars for the can and the case. MSRP is 70 plus another 20 usually for the case so it was like getting the combo half off. It also got Backpacker Magazined reccomendation for a weekend sized can which is perfect for most of my trips.


If anything goes wrong I'll let you know but so far so good so I thought I'd help anyone out with the link whos looking.

Author:  Beckie and Prema [ Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:55 pm ]
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Thanks, GG!!!! I had the steripen on my mind, too! That's the lowest price I've seen for it.

Kelly - I find these evergreens hard to deal with as well. Given the right trees, I could probably do a good hang, but why risk it?

Matt - No offense taken! My mother (who said the bears will win every time) also said, "God watches out for fools and drunks :lol:" Between that and the bear boxes at various places, I've just been blessed so far :)

Again, thanks for the link, GG. That'll fit both our budget and my pack!

Author:  madmattd [ Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:50 pm ]
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That's a good point that often the trees around the NE aren't great for hangs, especially at higher elevations. Forgot about that issue somehow. I guess I was just thinking of the one "hang" where I saw the bag of food strapped to a tree about 5 feet off the ground (and about 6 feet from the persons' tent...). Not hung, just tied around the tree...looked like the tree had a tumor. lol!

For the reason of the often inadequate hanging trees, I've been trying to evaluate the effectiveness of the LokSaks. So far, they seem to do a good job, but I can't convince myself to trust them fully :)

GG, thanks for the link. Still seems rather large still, but I guess they have to be a minimum size. Better than carrying a whole BV or Garcia though.

Author:  Beckie and Prema [ Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:03 pm ]
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Just ordered it!

Author:  Granite Guy [ Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:41 pm ]
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Well everything showed up and on time as promised. Very happy with the website. You never know exactly what you're going to get with these dirt cheap places but this one was just as represented.

When I got the box I said "man, that's smal"l, and then when I got the can itself out I said "man, thats surprisingly big." It holds a surprising amount of food and is packed and ready to go. If the bears don't steal it and I come back from the Daks this weekend I'll give a final review but I see no reason why it won't be great. I love the idea of the carrying case that can just strap onto the outside of a smaller pack, even though I'm stuffing it in my big pack this time.

The can and pack


My selection of healt food for the weekends trip, and there's still room for more in the thing. You can fit a surprising amount of food into an 8 x 10 canister.


Author:  Beckie and Prema [ Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:51 am ]
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Thanks for the photo! That's some stash you have :lol:

Author:  Granite Guy [ Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:30 pm ]
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My stash survived the trip. Can is easy to lock and unlock with a key, coin or fingernail. Compact as far as cans go it held more than enough food for a couple days. My friend strapped his outside the bag and got by with a small pack that way. I brought my big pack and just slid it inside. No reason not to give it a great review.

Author:  Ewed [ Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:22 am ]
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I know it's an old thread, but maybe it will be a timely resurrection for someone. I think if you need good bear canister you need look long and hard at the ULA Catalyst. It will hold more than you want to carry. It collapses down to hold whatever load you need to carry. Very well made. Very good load transfer to the hips. Relatively inexpensive. Made in the USA.
Hint: One outside pocket holds an MSR HUBBA HUBBA NX 2 person tent. The other side pocket holds a full Nalgene 3 quart soft canteen and an MSR Waterworks filter. Both pockets weren’t full. A bear can fits in the top horizontally.
Or consider the Osprey Volt 75 like this
It's one of their "no frills" pack. Doesn't have as many bells and whistles as other Osprey packs (and only comes in one size). As such, it's one of their cheaper packs, and only weights a hint over 4lbs.
I purchased the Osprey Volt 75 for a JMT thru hike... needed something I could carry a 20lbs bear canister (Bearikade Expedition loaded with 10 days of supplies).
The few negative reviews the pack seems to get has to do with fit (after all, this is a one-size-fits-most). I found it to be comfortable, and had it loaded with as much as 55lbs during my JMT hike.
Compare that to the Osprey Aether AG 70 or Osprey Xenith 75 that can weight 5 to 5-1/2 pounds for the same volume.
You can find useful information in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gERC5iigcI8
Hope, I help.

Author:  Beckie and Prema [ Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Bear Canister Reccomendation/Advice

Hey, thanks for putting this up! Unfortunately, hardly anyone is around (i.e. on this forum), so you may not get a lot of readers. But I'm glad I checked.
We're happy with our canister, but it's nice to see others as well.

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