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  1. geekgirl
    geekgirl November 26, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Great article! I’ve been wanting one of these for awhile. I may just have to take the plunge and buy one. I currently have a Bear Vault, but it’s heavy, and the lid can be challenging if you have cold hands. I used a Garcia years ago, but those are very heavy, and the shape is impractical. I’ve been intrigued by the Bearikade, and have heard nothing but positive comments about them.

  2. Mike
    Mike November 26, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Ray, the main motivation behind me building the used gear search was purely to try to get my hands on a used Bearikade!

    Great post, and great recommendation for a great company!

  3. Byron
    Byron November 26, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I have an Expedition and it’s a great canister. Note that it is O-Ring sealed so it is waterproof and even air-tight. You can shove our most precious things that absolutely positively need to stay dry (think sleeping bag) inside it during the day (assuming you take care not to get a bunch of food odors on it).

    The one issue I had with it, which is weird, and which I reported to the Rocket Scientists at Wild Ideas is –>
    Do not put Trident gum inside unless you double or triple pack it. The gum smell has some sort of weird effect and will make other things inside, like tortillas, stink to high heaven. It creates a nauseating smell. Very weird but reproducible.

  4. Arla Hile
    Arla Hile November 30, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Big believer in these things, especially Bearikades
    (1) After renting a Bearikade last year I was so impressed that I saved my pennies and decided to buy one and can pack for a week just a tad under 20 lbs now. Was happy to make that number!
    (2) Canisters are great tables and stools. Multi-purpose items, the cardinal rule of light packing!
    (3)The “weekender” holds 10 days of food if you are careful, or 7 days + toiletries and odds-n-ends easily. Order smaller than the website recommends if you are willing to try to pack food compactly.
    (4) Canisters save us and bears a lot of trouble, period. I’ve watched a bear walk right by these things (I’ll admit to being shocked, I thought it would at least take a sniff), although I have one report from a friend of going off for a little fishing and coming back to basecamp only to wait it out while a bear enjoyed licking the canister. No harm done other than a little slobber.

  5. MB
    MB February 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I see the custom bearikades referred to constantly. While they may be OK generally for the sierras, to my knowledge the cannisters approved by Yosemite are very specific, and do not include custom bearikades. The Scout is not approved, only the weekender and expedition above certain serial #s.

    Not saying I think its inferior, I dont. No reason to believe so. But custom sized models were not tested and approved.

    I doubt you would ever have any difficulties either.

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