The simple explanation for the Bearikade purchase is that it weighs less than 2 Garcias. I was hiking alone & had to carry 12 days of food + keep anything that smelled in it, and it took 2 Garcias to hold it all. The bear canisters were over 6 lbs alone.
But I know that's not the story you were hoping for. So, here you go:
I did have a bear encounter on that trip. I was hoping to see wildlife on the trip. Up until day 9 I only saw prints of bear, wolf, caribou, goats, etc.
On day 9 I stopped at a stream to get some water. I was letting some electrolyte tabs dissolve as I looked back at the scenery. As I turned around, a very large black bear was walking up to me. He was much larger than any black bear I have ever seen in California. Huge bear. At first I thought "Wow, it's a bear!". He stopped a few inches from my belly button. He just stood there & stared at me. Then I was thinking "This could go really badly". We stared at each other for what seemed like a long time, but probably 20 or 30 seconds. Then I yelled "BEAR!". He didn't even blink, he just kept staring. Then I pulled out the Counter Assault Bear Spray. At that range it would take us both out. As I pulled the safety tab, he stopped staring at me & looked at the canister with an "Oh 5h.t" look on his face. He huffed and turned around and waddled away quickly. I guess he had been sprayed before.
I put my pack back on & got out of there. For the remainder of the trip I was paranoid that the bears were watching me.