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Cory Whitesell
(Coryw) - F

Locale: Midwest
Food Bag Recommendations? on 03/29/2011 19:25:06 MDT Print View

I'm looking for recommendations on what to use for a food bag. Also, how big of a bag do I need for 5-7 days of food?

All of my trips are in the midwest and on the AT (nothing in griz country).

Mark Cashmere
(tinkrtoy) - M

Locale: NEOH
Depends on 03/29/2011 19:33:12 MDT Print View

OK, I will be the first to say it - that depends on what you eat for 5-7 days. I would suggest (as others probably will) that you compile your menu and gather your food before figuring out what bag might work. I personally use an OR drybag that rolls down so I can use it for a variety of trip sizes. It also has a nice D-ring near the clasp that works out well as a tie-off for cordage.

josh wagner
(StainlessSteel) - F
zpacks on 03/29/2011 19:56:26 MDT Print View

here is the one i'm using:

scroll down to large blast food bag

Samuel Kau
(Skau) - M

Locale: Southern California
Re: zpacks on 03/29/2011 21:03:39 MDT Print View

+1 on zpacks

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Food Bag Recommendations?" on 03/30/2011 01:10:45 MDT Print View


Edited by skopeo on 06/16/2015 14:30:11 MDT.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Food Bag Recommendations? on 03/30/2011 01:54:38 MDT Print View

Lightweight sil bags lined with plastic bags.
Never has any problems.


James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Food Bag Recommendations? on 03/30/2011 02:16:47 MDT Print View

I use a sil bag with food stuffed in ziploks for a week or less. For longer, I use a dry bag,
often having both(>20lb) on two seperate trees.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Food Bag Recommendations? on 03/30/2011 07:49:01 MDT Print View

Gallon zip top bag

Probably 2 for 5 - 7 days

John Vance
(Servingko) - F

Locale: Intermountain West
Food Bag on 03/30/2011 08:24:02 MDT Print View

I use a stuff sack (currently a sil bag) and plastic bags as well as ziplocks. Over 30 years and only one problem. A small rodent climbed down the cord, nibbled a hole in the stuff sack and either quit or fell off before he got any food.

Diane Pinkers
(dipink) - MLife

Locale: Western Washington
MLD Pro Bear Bag on 03/30/2011 12:54:32 MDT Print View

If you want the whole enchilada, the MLD Pro Bear Bag system has worked well for me. Roll-top cuben food bag keeps food dry, comes with rock sack, line, tiny biner for 3.2 ounces. Bears may not be an issue, but rodents may be.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Food Bag Recommendations? on 03/30/2011 13:09:22 MDT Print View

I hate hanging bags, have been an Ursack user since 2002 happily.

Philip Delvoie
(PhilipD) - MLife

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Food Bag Recommendations? on 03/30/2011 13:20:14 MDT Print View

Like Diane I use the MLD Pro Bear setup and that works for me. The roll bag is about 12L in size and I have no problems fitting in 6-7 days worth of food in there. Mine is the older roll bag done in a heavier sil nylon and it works great. I have had it up in heavy rain and the contents stayed dry throughout, although most of my stuff is also in zip locks. Any light dry bag or stuff sack in and around that size should do it for you.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Food Bag Recommendations? on 03/30/2011 13:56:39 MDT Print View

Another Ursack fan here. Throwing exacerbates my incipient shoulder arthritis. Plus my throwing skills are abysmal--I couldn't hit the side of a barn if I were inside it.

Dave Heiss

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Ursack's are great on 03/30/2011 14:22:11 MDT Print View

+1 for the Ursack. No hanging necessary, no worries.

Edward Z
(Fuzz) - MLife

Locale: Sunny San Diego
Ursack all the way on 03/30/2011 15:12:17 MDT Print View

+1 on the Ursack. No issues, bombproof, and no need to fuss with the trees.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Ursack all the way on 03/30/2011 17:08:02 MDT Print View

If buying today, which ursack material would y'all purchase?

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Ursack all the way on 03/30/2011 17:56:12 MDT Print View

Spectra Ursack. So far I've tested mine against a cougar one night, and left it hanging in the mountains for a week completely unattended. The rodents chewed tiny holes though the fabric at some point during the week, but it wasn't enough to get into my food. Both encounters would have been avoided if I used the OPsaks I had sitting at home.

Edited by leaftye on 03/30/2011 17:57:00 MDT.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Ursack's are great on 03/30/2011 19:08:01 MDT Print View

A big +1