1. Pieter Boddaert
    Pieter Boddaert July 10, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Hi Ray, thanks for the post. I must agree on ‘biting the bullet’ and buy the best item available now. For instance I bought 2 different backpacks before I finally set on my third, one that works best for me (that is: being the lightest), the Zpacks Arc Haul. So for the Bear Canister, I settled for the best strategy: I bought the Bearikade Weekender right away.

  2. Darryl
    Darryl July 10, 2018 at 7:16 am

    I would really like to go light & splurge on the Bearikade but I had read it is not IGBC approved. I use the BearVaults and really like the wide opening. I sanded off the tabs so it is now much easier to unscrew. They had added a 2nd tab because because folks weren’t closing all the way. Just be sure you screw it tightly so the bear can’t get his claws on the threads and pop it open. An issue the older BearVault canistors had without the red label on the lid.

  3. Gene
    Gene July 10, 2018 at 7:36 am

    The Bearicade is on the approved list at Yosemite, as attested by it being on the laminated graphical list of approved bear canisters at a Yosemite backcountry permit office this past week. I do not know about locations along the JMT.

  4. LarryB
    LarryB July 10, 2018 at 9:18 am

    I would add Cascade Designs and Big Agnes to your list as well! Both companies have fixed or replaced their products for me for free on many occasions.

  5. Peter Hirst
    Peter Hirst July 10, 2018 at 10:16 am

    I am three for three here. Just received my Bearikade rental exactly on time, and have it packed with over 20 lbs of food, with room to spare. I don’t know about IGBC, but it is defnitley approved for all sections of the Sierra. And its a better seat height than the 500.

    Black Diamind is no surprise as a winner: it is the direct deescendant of Chouinard Equipment. I wear a Black DIamond RURP around neck as talisman and fire striker.

    My Osprey Atmos 65 AG was the go-to for the first half of my JMR. Bombproof and all the features.

  6. William Byron Nevins Jr
    William Byron Nevins Jr July 11, 2018 at 11:43 am

    I’ve discovered through experience that almost all (all?) of the backpacking gear companies I’ve worked with have outstanding customer service. They all provide free repair service forever it seems. Examples:

    Platypus – A 15 year old reservoir sprung a leak. They simply mailed me a new one. Free.
    Marmot — 7 year old rain pants no longer waterproof. Result: $150 credit to buy new ones.
    ZPack – Clip fell off a dry-bag. Result – fixed free-of-charge

  7. Robert Perkins
    Robert Perkins July 12, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Darryl, Bearikades have been approved for many years now. As for sanding off the ‘tabs’ of the Bear Vault canister; good luck keeping your food if you stay in Vidette Meadows! They learned how to pop off the lids of UNLATCHED Bear Vaults there many years ago…lol! They bounce on the side of the canister and ‘pop’ it off if it’s not latched with updated latch from years ago. I LOVE my Bearikade and now have 2 😉 No issues with lost food, but got to watch a bear attempt to ‘pop’ off the lid of mine in Vidette Meadows a few years back…very humorous:) !

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