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Nathan Hays

Locale: San Francisco
Bear Canisters on 04/18/2012 10:17:01 MDT Print View

An anathema to the whole UL ethos, the Bear Canister is required equipment in many places. I've been playing with some composite materials that meet the IGBC testing requirements. From what I calculate, I should be able to knock about 8 oz off the Bearikade products. I'm going to make a prototype or two and would like your opinions.

Rate the following, 1 being unimportant, 5 being most important:
Fits in pack
Useful as stool/table
Brightly colored
Camo/subdued color
500 cuin
700 cuin
900 cuin

Any pet peeves about current equipment?

(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
RE Bear Canister on 04/18/2012 10:29:40 MDT Print View

Weight 5
Fits in pack 5
Useful as stool/table 1
Brightly colored 1
Camo/subdued color 1
500 cuin 4
700 cuin 4
900 cuin 4

Ryan Wiley
(huskerhiker) - F

Locale: So Cal
ratings on 04/18/2012 10:31:54 MDT Print View


Having multiple sizes is nice. I really like the bearikade weekender. My one and only complaint is that its just a little too long to fit in my GG Mariposa sideways. I'll probably buy a 500 cu version of it 8 or so inches tall for that purpose for shorter trips, but I like the bigger version for the 6 to 8 day trips.

William Wang
(billwang) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
In my opinion on 04/18/2012 10:33:56 MDT Print View

Weight - 5 (by far most important)
Fits in pack - 4 (but even berikade exped fits in my GG murmur)
Useful as stool/table - 3
Brightly colored -1
Camo/subdued color -1
500 cuin - 3
700 cuin - 3
900 cuin - 5 (this is what I would buy - unless the smaller ones had same or better weight/volume ratios)

Erik Hagen
(EWH100) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area
Rating on 04/18/2012 10:48:19 MDT Print View

Weight - 5
Fits in pack - 4
Useful as stool/table - 3 (a nice add but not necessary)
Brightly colored - 1
Camo/subdued color -1
500 cuin - 1 (I have no use for this size)
700 cuin - 5
900 cuin - 5


Steve B
(geokite) - F

Locale: Southern California
Bear Can on 04/18/2012 11:42:13 MDT Print View

Weight 5
Fits in pack 5 (horizontal)
Useful as stool/table 4
Brightly colored 1
Camo/subdued color 1
500 cuin 5
700 cuin 2
900 cuin 2

I can fit 10 days of food in a Bearikade weekender, so 500 would be good.

No chain/cable connecting the lid to the canister. More rounded corners would be great (less wear on the pack). Easy access to pound food in is important.


Edited by geokite on 04/18/2012 11:42:49 MDT.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Bear Canisters on 04/18/2012 12:02:49 MDT Print View

Always happy to see any innovation when it comes to the necessary evil that is the bear canister. :)

Weight 5

Fits in Pack 5

Useful as stool/table 1

Brightly Colored: 3

Camo/Subdued Color: 2

All the choices are volumes are good targets to shoot for, but the ultimate factors will be the price & weight differences between them.

If I only had one to buy for the money, it would be the 700 CU IN to allow a week's worth of food.

The assumption is that the weight difference between the 500 and 700 would be relatively small. (Value for money).

Pet Peeves with current system: Bear Vault

Plastic Tabs for locking and unlocking have been worn down from use. Need to replace the whole lid. Pain in the butt to open and close with gloves or cold hands.

Round cylinder shape can cut into back through the backpack (frameless), need to make sure that sleeping pad provides cushion. (Flat on one side design???)

Thanks for asking and good luck to you.

Looking foward to seeing what you come up with.


Ryan Wiley
(huskerhiker) - F

Locale: So Cal
wear on pack on 04/18/2012 14:19:02 MDT Print View


I had Zpacks make me a cuben fiber bag for my bearikade that works great. It helps keep the inside of my pack clean as I get the canister dirty by sitting on it and stuff, and then it also adds a layer to protect from cutting/rubbing the edges on the inside of the pack.

Erik Basil

Locale: Atzlan
Anathema is right on 04/18/2012 14:55:01 MDT Print View

Man, I hate these things...but I love the big BearVault for being the lightest one I can afford and for having kept a poor, hungry bear out of our food on the very first trip we used it.

For me: Weight, size, use as stool/table and Translucence. Make us a giant, light, burly container that outdoes the BearVault and Bearikade... and you'll be the toast of trekkers, Scout Troops and UL'ers (make another version the size of Fosters can) around the globe.

Samuel Kau
(Skau) - M

Locale: Southern California
Re: Bear Canisters on 04/18/2012 15:45:24 MDT Print View

Fits in Pack-5
Useful as stool/table-2
Brightly colored=1
Camo/subdued color=1
All sizes=5

I have a bearvault 500 and the only reason i have that and not a bearikade is purely of price. So i would say price for me is a 4

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Bear Canisters on 04/18/2012 15:55:31 MDT Print View

I consider the fitting in the pack part to be much more important than weight. Choose the one that fits your pack the best, even if its a few ounces heavier than a different canister.

Charles P
(mediauras) - F

Locale: Terra
bear canisters are better than staying up all night armed with a slingshot on 04/18/2012 16:18:19 MDT Print View

Weight 5
Fits in pack 5
Useful as stool/table 3
Brightly colored 1
Camo/subdued color 1
All sizes - 5

And yeah, price (lower the better)! 5

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Bear Canisters on 04/18/2012 16:29:44 MDT Print View

Good luck with getting it approved!

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ on 04/18/2012 19:50:18 MDT Print View

Ya, that's what I was thinking.