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Ultralite Hiker
Weekender/Gorilla on 08/28/2011 17:04:10 MDT Print View

Does anyone know if a Bearikade Weekender fits in a Gorilla, or does it have to be strapped to the top?

Brad Fisher

Locale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
Re: Weekender/Gorilla on 08/28/2011 18:06:05 MDT Print View


Yes it will fit vertically inside just fine. I just test my Weekender in my Gorilla and you actually have a little extra room all around the canister. I plan on putting my sleeping bag, down jacket and sleep clothes in a poly bag on the bottom. Then place the canister on top of the poly bag. I should be able get my MLD solo mid/bivy beside the canister and probably something like a rain jacket. Then more gear on top (i.e. stove, stuff sack with misc gear, etc).


Ultralite Hiker
Gorilla on 08/28/2011 18:09:59 MDT Print View

Does your Gorilla have the metal stays? I tried making a model of the Bearikade, and it looks like I will not be able to get it in the Gorilla.

Robert Brandriff
(rkbca1) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
re: Weekender/Gorilla on 08/28/2011 18:13:24 MDT Print View


Yes, the Weekender needs to be upright but it does fit in the pack. I haven't actually tried it in the field yet. One thing I noticed walking around the neighborhood to get in shape: you don't want it at the very bottom of the pack or it digs into your lower back. Higher up where it would be normally anyway, it seems fine; it does take quite a bit of room though. Strapping it on the top of the pack looks problematic to me.

Mine is the same as Brad's with a bit of room around the bear canister. It just clears the aluminum pack stays and there is room to stuff a jacket or something behind it to keep it from pressing directly against the SitLight pad. Again, it does take quite a bit of room.


Edited by rkbca1 on 08/28/2011 19:01:31 MDT.

Brad Fisher

Locale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
Re: re: Weekender/Gorilla on 08/29/2011 09:02:10 MDT Print View

Mine does have the metal stays.

Bob is correct on the positioning. That is why I put the sleeping bag, etc at the bottom then the canister next in a vertical position.


Scott Bentz
(scottbentz) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Weekender on 08/29/2011 09:37:29 MDT Print View

I have a Weekender and use it in my Mariposa Plus. I am glad to hear it fits in the Gorilla since that is probably my next pack. I pack mine the same. Stuff on bottom; canister on top. Except for one change:

Brad you mentioned you are going to put your sleep clothes, sleeping bag and down jacket on the bottom. I have found that I like having my down jacket on top of the canister for a few reasons. First, when I leave in the morning I can wear my jacket right up to the time I am ready to leave. I always seem to be ready to go but am waiting around for others. Second, it is nice to have the jacket at times if you are at the top of a hight peak and it gets windy. You can just put it on to keep warm if it's real windy. The last reason I like it on top is that it seems to shield the canister from the sun and keeps stuff in the canister a bit cooler. I also place some of my daily food on top of the canister in a bag and under the down jacket. Keeps the meltable tolerable.

Just my experience.