My Gorilla arrived today, first thing after assembly was to try the fit for my BV450 bear canister. I tried it with the hipbelt, aluminum stay, and sit pad installed.
The canister does go in all three ways, but some easier than others. I took some photos but for some reason they aren't uploading to Picasa -- I click upload in Picasa and drag the photos over, but no download occurs and I get a greyed-out icon for each photo with a little "X" in the lower left corner of each. Not clickable. Anyone know what the problem could be?
Anyway, to describe without the photos:
- The BV450 goes in easiest with the flat sides facing up/down. In this orientation the canister slides in and out easily, and there is room inside the pack around it.
This orientation also is more convenient for some because the canister lid is facing up in the pack, making it possible to get into the canister without taking it out of the pack. This also is the orientation that could accommodate a taller canister.
- Next is with the flat side facing your back. This works, and could be the most comfortable way to carry (by having the flat side against your back). A little work to get it out of the pack this way.
- Last is with the flat sides facing the sides. This is a very tight fit and stretches the front of the pack, at first I didn't think I was going to get it in this way, and I had a tough time getting it out. Not the way I would plan to carry the canister, given how I had to wrestle it out of the pack.
I want to load up the pack tonight with everything I took on my most recent multi-night trip (which includes the bear canister) to see how it carries. And if anyone can help me with the problem I'm having with Picasa I'll upload photos.