Generic Brand Bear Proof Food Container
Weekend Size Low Cost Bear Proof Container for Camp and Backpacker Food
These are not returnable for obvious reasons. Some have tried to game vendors by purchasing, using, then returning it for full price. Further, nobody wants a container with someone elses food residue or worse.
Smaller Generic Brand Bear Proof Container - great for short weekend trips, or where you can resupply easily. This smaller container is lighter and easier to pack that the larger brand name bear containers and vaults. Stores up to 4 days of food for one person without becoming cumbersome to pack and carry.
Should I rent versus buy a bear proof cannister - there are many advantages of ownership to consider:
It pays to have your own bear cannister rather than rent. At last check - Yosemite Park, for example, rents them for $5 a week and mandates a $95 deposit. After only a few trips, purchasing is better than renting. On busy weekends parks sometimes run out, leaving you empty handed. Some parks do not have a rental program - again you are left at risk. If you own - you can customize your canister with reflective tape, your contact information, stickers or anything you like. This is helpful in identifing your cannister among all the "look alikes" that might be stored in a communal bear vaults and panniers. You also gain the piece of mind knowing that your cannister is clean and sanitary. Save time and ensure everything you need fits - by packing it at home, rather than at the trailhead.
Generic brand means this sells at a lower price than other brand name containers. We have compared this generic bear canister "side by side" with the brand names. The secret is this -- It is from the exact same mold as brand name containers. Believe us - Same features, same materials, it is the same - yet at a lower price.
It meets US Forest Service Specifications for use in National Parks and areas required secure food storage.
This container stores perfectly in your backpack and even many daypacks. It can also be attached outside your pack with bungee cords or straps. Each canister is constructed of high strength polymer blend plastics
Easy to open and close with a coin or edge of a key. Insert a coin in the metal fastener and turn counter clockwise. Then remove the lid. To relock the unit, turn the fasteners clockwise.
A bear canister is a wise investment. You can take off on a trip at a moments notice with this canister preloaded. When you camp or backpack if an animal takes your food, your trip is ruined, and you have to high tail it for the park exit.
While no container or canister claims to be 100% bear proof, this container is as close as any.
We strongly suggest that you customize your canister for easy identification. At camp - and in storage lockers - they all look the same - make your's unique. Best idea is to wrap a couple rounds of highly reflective tape around the body. Write your name and phone number on the tape. The reflective tape enables you to find the cannister with a flashlight should a curious bear carry it a short distance out of camp.
The container weighs 2 lbs. 7 ounces and has 392 cubic inches (~ 1.7 gallons) of storage volume. That is plenty for 4 days of food for one person. During testing, it was able to hold 10 Wise Food brand dehydrated backpack meal packs (2 servings each), an orange, an apple, pack of gum, and 3 powerbars.
Weekend Sized Bear Proof Container for Food - Review of Product Dimensions and Specifications: * Weight: 2.4 lbs.
* External Height: 10 inches
* Diameter: 8 inches
* Fits in most backpacks or can be strapped on externally
* Capacity: 392 cubic inches
Common Sense Tips for Camping and Food Handling Bear Country:
Bears are curious creatures with an incredibly powerful sense of smell. Learn and follow local camping regulations. While every bear encounter is different, and wild animals are unpredictable, these tips are common to government National Park and bear websites: * Set up cooking, eating, and supply areas at least 100 yards from your sleeping area.
* Store food and odorous items in approved bear-resistant containers.
* Select food in individually sealed packages. Use Alok Sak Bags (sold in sidebar) to further minimize odors.
* Plan meals carefully to prevent leftovers.
* Store pet food, livestock feed, and garbage the same as food. Never bury it; pack it out.
* Strain food particles from dishwater using a fine mesh screen and store with garbage.
* Dump dishwater at least 100 yards from your sleeping area. Food odors may attract bears.
* Keep sleeping bags and tents completely free of food, food odors, or beverages at all times.
* Store personal items (such as deodorants, sunscreen, toothpaste, make-up, soap, and lotions) with food and garbage when not in use. Any odorous product may attract bears.
* Camp in open areas away from trails, thick brush, berry patches, spawning streams, or carcasses.
* Sleep in a tent for increased safety.
* Wash your hands and face thoroughly after cooking, eating, or handling fish or game. Brush your teeth. Always minimize odors.
* Change your clothes before going to bed -- do not sleep in the same clothes you cook in.
* Rehearse what you and others in your group will do -- day or night -- If a bear appears in your camp or while you're hiking.
* Review local regulations before your outing ******************** What should I do in a bear encounter? * If you see a bear and it has not seen you, Stay calm - if you see a bear and it hasn't seen you, calmly and quietly leave the area. If on a trail, step off the trail on the downhill side and slowly leave the area. * If the bear has seen you, identify yourself - let the bear know you are human. Talk in a soft to normal voice, do not yell. Help the animal recognize you are human. If the bear cannot tell what you are, it may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear is curious, not threatening. * Try to back away slowly diagonally, but if the bear follows, stop and hold your ground. * Pick up small children immediately and stay in a group, to appear more formidable. * Try not to pose a threat - avoid direct eye contact, as bears may perceive this as a threat. * Don't make any sudden movements. If necessary, back away slowly to give the bear plenty of room to escape. Wild bears rarely attack people unless they feel threatened or provoked. * Stand still - hold your ground if the bear charges. Bears often "bluff charge". * Do not run - including to the nearest tree -- unless you are sure you can climb at least 10 feet before the bear reaches you. Running is likely to prompt the bear to give chase. You can't outrun a bear -- they have been clocked up to 35 mph, and like cougars and dogs, they will chase fleeing animals. (Climbing a tree may not work for black bears because they are agile climbers.) The vast majority of bear encounters end peacefully, and are a source for great conversation and wonderment later. You are more likely to get struck by lightning than attacked by a bear, but use common sense and be alert in bear country
* Consult with local rangers before venturing into the backcountry. They can give localized, timely, and expert advice.
For a pdf guide on loading a bear cannister -
Compare this generic brand bear proof container to brand names like Backpacker Model 812 (Garcia), BearVault, Bearikade Weekender, The Bear Keg (Counter Assault), Bare Boxer Contender, UDAP No-Fed-Bear, and Purple Mountain Engineering Canisters.
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