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  • Bear Canisters

    What do you guys use? Pros? Cons? I figured I better get one for the High Peaks area if I'm camping since its required. I just don't want to waste my money on junk and have to purchase another down the road.

    Steve
    26/46
    4/46 W

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    We have the Backpacker Food Cache, both full and half size (so we don't have to carry a ton of weight if we are just doing one overnight).

    We bought ours at EMS (http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp...359843.3835286)

    Works perfectly (though since no bear has TRIED to get in, I guess I can't say haha), but we have no complaints. It's a little heavy, but I don't know that you can really sacrifice weight with this item.
    Mountain Wolf ... aka: Jeanette

    46er: June 9th, 2012

    "We listened for a voice crying in the wilderness. And we heard the jubilation of wolves!" -Durwood L. Allen

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MountainWolf View Post
      We have the Backpacker Food Cache, both full and half size (so we don't have to carry a ton of weight if we are just doing one overnight).

      We bought ours at EMS (http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp...359843.3835286)

      Works perfectly (though since no bear has TRIED to get in, I guess I can't say haha), but we have no complaints. It's a little heavy, but I don't know that you can really sacrifice weight with this item.
      seems to be the go to can but didnt know they offered the half size, i know bearboxer does. full size is not that heavy.. ive used it for two, holds 4 days of food easy...solo shorter trips its nice for food/snacks and garbage..
      ADK 46-R #6750W
      CL-50 - #51
      CATSKILLS- 9/39
      NPT Complete 7-6-13

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      • #4
        No Bear Vault

        Bear Vault is a great product for use anywhere except the High Peaks. See the paragraph at the bottom of the description. at REI.

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        • #5
          I've used the advanced (double snap) BV model in the lake colden/high peaks region.
          The story is bascially 1 bear figured it out and hasn't passed it on.

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          • #6
            Cool...Thanks for the info. I really hate to add this thing to my backpack with what they weigh. But I guess I'd rather have my food safe than in a bears belly.

            Steve
            26/46
            4/46 W

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            • #7
              The one I use needs a quarter to open it (someone will know the brand). I'm confident that bears cannot open this, since they have no pockets in which to hold their quarters.

              On the down-side... it's one of the first, and is a bit heavier than the others.
              Guinness: Goes in brown, comes out yellow.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by NorthBay View Post
                Cool...Thanks for the info. I really hate to add this thing to my backpack with what they weigh. But I guess I'd rather have my food safe than in a bears belly.

                Steve
                In making the requirement, I don't think DEC was concerned about the bears getting your food, they were concerned about the bears getting YOU.

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                • #9
                  Bare boxer contender, it's the smallest, and good for one person. It's lasted me 3 nights, and could have gone longer.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by lionelhutz View Post
                    I've used the advanced (double snap) BV model in the lake colden/high peaks region.
                    The story is bascially 1 bear figured it out and hasn't passed it on.
                    The problem with the bearvault "improvement" is that the bear is basically just ripping the lids of the canisters. Adding a second snap does nothing to make this any harder for the bear to do.

                    If you purchased it at EMS, they should take it back and give you a full refund. (At least, they did for me.)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by pete_hickey View Post
                      The one I use needs a quarter to open it (someone will know the brand). I'm confident that bears cannot open this, since they have no pockets in which to hold their quarters.

                      On the down-side... it's one of the first, and is a bit heavier than the others.
                      I was mugged by a bear last weekend. He stole my wallet and all the change from my pockets, so watch out, he's got the key to your food.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by NorthBay View Post
                        What do you guys use? Pros? Cons? I figured I better get one for the High Peaks area if I'm camping since its required. I just don't want to waste my money on junk and have to purchase another down the road.

                        Steve
                        I went with the Bearikade Scout; 1 pound, 11 ounces empty.

                        http://www.wild-ideas.net/index2.html

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sukigraybaby View Post
                          I went with the Bearikade Scout; 1 pound, 11 ounces empty.

                          http://www.wild-ideas.net/index2.html
                          thats alot of coin for 1#...
                          ADK 46-R #6750W
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                          • #14
                            I was darn near sold on one of the Bearikades until I saw the price tag on them... Holy crap! They do look nice and well built and I'm a firm believer of "You get what you pay for", but man I think I'll have to put up with the extra weight on the Garcia. I wouldn't have a coin left to open the Bearikade.

                            Steve
                            26/46
                            4/46 W

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by NorthBay View Post
                              I was darn near sold on one of the Bearikades until I saw the price tag on them... Holy crap! They do look nice and well built and I'm a firm believer of "You get what you pay for", but man I think I'll have to put up with the extra weight on the Garcia. I wouldn't have a coin left to open the Bearikade.

                              Steve
                              i think you will be very happy with Garcia.... I am.. and only at $70 or so, you can fill it with many Cheeseburgers...
                              ADK 46-R #6750W
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                              CATSKILLS- 9/39
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