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Backpacker's Cache - Bear Proof Container
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- Keep your food safe from wild animals
- Discourages bears from raiding campsites
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Our Bear Resistant Containers are top quality. They are expert tested (by bears), and have proven very effective in not only reducing odor transmission of the food inside, but also in keeping even the hungriest of bears out of your food supply.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12 x 12 x 12 inches; 3.4 Pounds
- Item model number : 812
- Department : Unisex-adult
- Date First Available : July 10, 2006
- Manufacturer : GARCIA MACHINE
- ASIN : B0002ZB5Y8
- Best Sellers Rank: #57,081 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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It's a few extra pounds in your pack, but this is the safest way to store food in bear country. Proper food and trash discipline are essential for bear and human safety. Bears won't bother us if we don't leave things for them to eat. And when bears don't associate us with food, we reduce the likelihood of deadly interactions.
Cook food away from camp, downwind from your tent site (the farther the better but usually a couple of hundred yards will work). Eat everything you cook. Wash your dishes and dry them there, dump water into a sump (I dig a shallow hole with a backpacker trowel), seal your trash in zip locks, food in ziplocks, and put in your can. Leave your can at least 50 yds. from your camp site, somewhere that is is not likely to roll away if a bear tries to take a crack at it (they will not get into this can, will give up and move on). Also leave your toothpaste, deodorant and any other scented products like chewing gum, sunscreen, and bug spray inside the can overnight.
I have seen a bear come into a tent for a pack of gum. This is because they associate humans with food and are unafraid. You can think careless campers before you for this behavior (it is learned, not instinctual). But is easily avoidable with the common sense precautions I have laid out above. But just to be safe, carry bear spray too!
This holds a small mess kit (with stove) for two, with enough room for 2 days of food for 2 people. It fits perfectly in the bottom of an Osprey Atmos 65. It's tall enough to comfortably sit on, and low enough to reach the ground when you're on it. Perfect. The best part is, if you're packing it, it's YOUR chair. Nobody can take it from you; those are the rules when you carry something for miles. My dog also likes to attack it occasionally, which is funny. It's definitely dog proof.
It's also worth mentioning that having a bear-container is "hard core", and earns the respect of novice outdoorspeoples. If you also brought a hatchet and wore a vest, I don't think anyone would question your decisions. You'd be like Burt Reynolds in the first half of Deliverance.
Just got this one and tried it out in Vermont. Again, annoying the carry, but once you get used to packing it and utilize the space by packing things in it to carry out, you can learn to live with it. I'm giving it 4 stars because I don't understand why a relatively simple plastic cylinder is $60-70, I think half that price is perfectly reasonable, but maybe there's a special way they make them. Either way, this cost is typical across the board and it works.
By far my biggest problem with this product though, is that it relies on an interior liner bag in order trap odor, whereas the BV has a threaded lid which traps odor. As anyone who has gone backpacking with a bear barrel knows, you need to jam food into every single cubic inch of your barrel if you want to get anywhere, and you'll probably need to hang the first couple days of food anyways. The end result is that you inevitably tear the interior plastic liner and lose your odor control. In my case the first tear was actually made by the metal locking mechanism of the product itself. Feels like a significant and avoidable design flaw. And in reality I suspect that if this product saw as much bear exposure as the BV it would eventually have a few failures too.
Long story short I regret my purchase and recommend you go a different route.