1. Jack
    Jack December 2, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Hey Ray, Thanks as always for your informative articles.
    I thought it should be mentioned that you can rent the Bearikades.
    Cheers, jc

  2. Gary P
    Gary P December 2, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Thanks Ray,

    I just picked up the BC-500 from E-bay for $48.00, new in the box. I wish I saw this prior. I think when I do my JMT hike I will get the Bearikade. Saving ounces on that long of a hike makes a difference.

  3. Heather
    Heather December 2, 2014 at 4:15 am

    You can rent the BeariKade directly from the manufacturer, and apply your rental to the purchase price. Additionally, there is a 6 month wait. Should you buy one, you could turn around and sell it for as much as you paid or more due to enormous demand, and that 6 month wait.

    Sage to Summit in Bishop rents them, too. Very easy and nice to work with / only charges you for days on trail, per the honor system.

    The BV550 / 450 become a real pain over time to thread the lid into the grooves, especially when your hands are cold!

    1. Jill
      Jill December 2, 2014 at 5:52 am

      Hmm, thanks for mentioning those things, Heather. I’ve been reluctant to buy a Bearikade just because they’re so darned expensive (and I’m trying to keep my gear as cheap as possible while still keeping my load light). I didn’t really want to hassle with renting, and I didn’t know there was such a long wait. I also didn’t think about reselling it after the hike. I will have to take that into consideration now as I try to figure out what I’m going to do.

      One note about the custom sizes though…I’ve seen it mentioned elsewhere (possibly on the JMT yahoo group) that the custom sizes might be illegal, as only the Expedition and the Weekender are approved. Has anyone checked with the rangers about that?

  4. Matt
    Matt December 2, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Wild Ideas has a JMT discount for their Bearikade rentals. I think it is about 40% off normal rental rates.

  5. Steve
    Steve December 2, 2014 at 6:26 am

    The lead time for a Bearikade seems to vary dramatically during the year. I received a standard weekender in less than a month late last summer. Best to call or email. Wild Ideas is a small operation.

  6. Rob
    Rob December 2, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Ray, the weights for the Lighter1 cans are a little misleading. Those weights are for the cans only, but you need the lid/pot and handle/brace for it to be a functioning bear can. I weighed mine and the pot weighs 7 oz (6oz claimed) and the handle weighed 1oz. So you would need to add another 8 ounces to those totals to get the true weight.

  7. Steve
    Steve December 2, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Ray, unfortunately the weights listed for the Lighter1 canisters don’t include the lid or internal support. Their website seems misleading in that these elements at obviously required, even if they do serve other purposes. The 36 and 21 ounce weights are for the polycarbonate shell only.

  8. Adam
    Adam December 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm


    That’s a great table to share.

    I’m a big proponent of bear cans, due mostly to my own incompetence at hanging.

    One error: the weight of the Bare Boxer 101 is 26 oz. The manufacturer specifies it as 1.6 lbs = 25.6 oz. Mine weighs in at 26 oz even.

    I prefer to think of the question not in terms of “lightest per day”, I think of it as: I need a certain volume for this trip; of all of the canisters out there, what’s the lightest can one I can carry?

    The answer is actually pretty simple. It’s the Bare Boxer until you exceed 275 cu^in, then the Bearikades (Scout, Weekender, Expedition) as your volume needs go up.

    In my opinion, given that, none of the other canisters are worthy of consideration. Of course, I prefer pressure on the wallet, not on the feet, as you put it.

  9. Bob Bailey
    Bob Bailey December 23, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Ray, are canisters required anywhere on the trail south of Yosemite NP? Thought about sending a bear bag to Red’s as part of my resupply and then mail the canister back to YNP (my brother-in-law leaves the hike at Red’s and could take care of that). I’ve been a fan of your book (got it a couple of years ago) and your blog. Thank you for doing it.

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