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).
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.
here is the one i'm using:http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/stuff_sacks.shtmlscroll down to large blast food bag
+1 on zpacks
On short trips I use a light-weight Sil stuff sack and on longer trips an OR roll top dry sack. The last thing I want on a longer trip is wet food!
Lightweight sil bags lined with plastic bags.Never has any problems.cheers
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.
Gallon zip top bagProbably 2 for 5 - 7 days
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.
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.
I hate hanging bags, have been an Ursack user since 2002 happily.
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.
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.
+1 for the Ursack. No hanging necessary, no worries.
+1 on the Ursack. No issues, bombproof, and no need to fuss with the trees.
If buying today, which ursack material would y'all purchase?
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.
A big +1
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