Bear Canister in a Front Pack
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Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Bear Canister in a Front Pack on 08/26/2011 14:57:42 MDT Print View

Has anyone considered making a “front pack” style attachment to carry a bear canister in areas they are required? It seems to me this would be a very good solution. It would allow one to use a smaller main pack that should more than make up for the extra weight of the “front pack” (not including the weight of the bear canister, of course).

I’m thinking of giving this a try. Any thoughts?

Jason William
(JDubs) - F

Locale: South SF Bay Area
Re: Bear Canister in a Front Pack on 08/26/2011 15:24:45 MDT Print View

Don't see why not. The size/shape of the thing might be an issue (protrudes out, awkward round curve pressed against your chest?), but weight wise I think you're right on point. If we can carry a DSLR+lenses in a front camera case comfortably, no reason a bear canister shouldn't work in that same spot.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Bear Canister in a Front Pack on 08/26/2011 15:36:24 MDT Print View

The problem with a large front pack like you suggest is that it blocks your view of your feet, and this may lead to stumbling. At least it does for me.

--B.G.--

ROBERT TANGEN
(RobertM2S) - M

Locale: Lake Tahoe
Re: "Bear Canister in a Front Pack" on 08/26/2011 20:21:39 MDT Print View

I agree with Bob Gross about front packs' tendency to cause stumbling. The only exception is when skiing, I for one look out further than when hiking, and don't mind a front pack as much.

Rodney OndaRock
(RodneyOndaRock) - F

Locale: Southern California
+1 on 08/26/2011 23:16:56 MDT Print View

Gets in the way of peeing, as well as the forward lean hunch when climbing steep uphill

Already have a beer belly, no room for a second barrel

Edited by RodneyOndaRock on 08/26/2011 23:19:18 MDT.

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
The insperation on 08/27/2011 10:09:41 MDT Print View

This is the inspiration for this idea.

It seems like there is a following for front packs (they are not the only ones to make one). Just seems like the bear canister would be a logical choice to put somewhere other than in your pack.

I hadn't thought about not being able to see your feet. I do look down a lot when hiking, but I don't know if it would bother me or not if I could not see my feet.

Ken K
(TheFatBoy) - F

Locale: St. Louis
Rib-smasher on 08/28/2011 00:00:27 MDT Print View

Another thought... In addition to the increased tendency to stumble, if you DO fall forward, you put that hard shell right into your gut/ribs. A front pack with semi-soft, conforming load is probably a better thought.

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Bad idea... on 08/28/2011 10:35:00 MDT Print View

Okay, so no one thinks this is a good idea. I guess a front pack with other "stuff" and the bear canister in the pack is a better idea.

Well, that is why I asked...

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Bad idea... on 08/28/2011 11:15:21 MDT Print View

Front packs are hot--- that ends up being a lot of insulation and blocked ventilation. Might be nice with a 20F/10MPH breeze in your face, but no so much after 2000 feet of switchbacks in August.