Bear bag - what sack are you using?
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Brian Barnes
(brianjbarnes) - M

Locale: Midwest
Bear bag - what sack are you using? on 07/01/2008 08:58:19 MDT Print View

I've been searching the forum for discussions regarding what sack is being used to store food in a bear bag system. I found lots of discussion regarding the line used but little on what sacks are being used. From what I gather some use waterproof sacks and others used mesh bags with oder proof sacks.

I'm currently using a 4.1 ounce 900 CI Outdoor Research Hydroseal Dry Sack but would like to cut this weight at least in half. Since I frequently need to store food for 1 adult and 1 child for up to 5 days I like the 900 CI size. I'm not opposed to using mesh but my initial impression is that by using a waterproof sack I reduce the smells from the bag somewhat.

So, on to my questions:
1) what are you using for a sack?
2) how much does it weigh?
3) do you have an approach to reduce smells from the food bag? (e.g. OP sacks?)

Edited by brianjbarnes on 07/01/2008 10:45:47 MDT.

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: Bear bag - what sack are you using? on 07/01/2008 10:09:40 MDT Print View

I don't depend on the bag to block odor, I use odor proof saks from Watchful Eye. However, these are delicate, therefore I put these in an ordinary nylon stuff sack made with 1.1 oz ripstop.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Bear Bag... on 07/01/2008 10:11:32 MDT Print View

I use an OR Helium Sack. Same design as the one you are using but half the weight.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
bag on 07/01/2008 10:24:27 MDT Print View

Sea 2 Summit ultrasil 8L

Edited by simplespirit on 07/01/2008 10:25:12 MDT.

Michael Wands
(walksoftly) - F

Locale: Piney Woods
Re: What sack are you using? on 07/01/2008 10:29:10 MDT Print View

I generally use a white plastic bag from Walmart or Target. If you hang it high enough and far enough away from the trunk, it really doesn't matter.

Tried a RatSack; tried an Ursack; even tried an MSR Stowaway pot that latches down to form a waterproof seal. All are good, but are bulky, expensive, and heavy. Cheap plastic bags perform their function and are FREE and very light. Have to tie it up in a knot if it rains, but have never had my new bag invaded. So I get a little extra use before I recycle.

Edited by walksoftly on 07/01/2008 10:31:06 MDT.

b s
(smyth) - F
Re: Bear bag - what sack are you using? on 07/01/2008 10:37:41 MDT Print View

900 c.i. OR Helium sack. Weighs 1.1 oz. I hang it upside down to prevent precip collection as the cordlock closure is not waterproof.

Scott White
(sdwhitey) - F

Locale: Smoky Mountains
Re: Bear bag - what sack are you using? on 07/01/2008 11:06:36 MDT Print View

1) I use a homemade silnylon stuff sack.

2) It weighs 0.4 oz

3) My food is all packaged in ziploc bags. I don't do anything special to try and reduce smell.

aaron mount
(amount) - F

Locale: Sierra Foothills
Bear Bag: Check out Zpacks.com on 07/01/2008 12:40:02 MDT Print View

Check out the Large "Blast" Food Bag. Great price on a Cuben item and great service from the site.

http://zpacks.com/accessories/spec_sacks.shtml

I'm trying one out this weekend.

Ryan Luke
(rluke) - F

Locale: Atlanta (missing CA)
Re: Bear Bag: Check out Zpacks.com on 07/01/2008 14:02:56 MDT Print View

Joe (of Z-packs fame) recently made me a cuben food/bear bag. It has worked great so far and, as always, service was great!

Kyle Rosenberger
(kyler55) - F

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Bear bag - what sack are you using? on 07/01/2008 16:38:23 MDT Print View

Integral Designs Silcoat Stuff Sack XL (1.3 oz) Yellow for visibility.

Randall Miller
(speyguy) - F

Locale: Cascadia
Bear bag on 07/01/2008 23:02:37 MDT Print View

I use my home made 2.3 oz silnylon pack cover. I really like it because number one, you're multi tasking a piece of gear, and #2, when it comes to meal time, it spreads out nice so you can find things easier.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Bear bag - what sack are you using? on 07/07/2008 08:34:39 MDT Print View

Oven bag liner, twist closed, sheet bend knot