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Re: Which Bear Canister?

Postby ndwoods » Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:46 pm

Bearikade....:)



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Re: Which Bear Canister?

Postby Snow Nymph » Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:35 pm

Bearikade :nod:
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Re: Which Bear Canister?

Postby markskor » Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:24 am

Bearikade :nod:
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Re: Which Bear Canister?

Postby Ranboze » Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:22 pm

Bearikade :) :D :D
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Re: Which Bear Canister?

Postby oldranger » Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:00 am

My cousin and I rented the bearikade for an early mid sept. trip to SEKI. Since we avoided popular areas we didn't see any bears and few tracks or piles of poop. I hate the extra weight of the containers but they are nice when above treeline. I've always had more issues with little critters than bears and the containers deal with that problem nicely.

The big issue for me other than weight is the bulk. In my old age I am going to light as I can get. I could not get the bearikade into my Golite infinity horizontally so I had to carry it outside the main bag under the top pocket. It worked OK but the Golite pack just isn't designed for that stress. My guess is that the pack is only good for one more season so I am looking for a replacement that can take the canister internally. I went to REI and the Gregory Z-55 could take a Garcia horizontally at the bottom but it's shape and size is a little different than the Bearikade. The Z-55 is also 1/2 lb heavier than the infinitiy, but certainly more durable.

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Re: Which Bear Canister?

Postby ERIC » Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:34 pm

Finally replaced my old Garcia. Picked up a new BV450 as well as the BV500. Almost went the Bearikade route. The final decision for me came down to price tag and versatility in having both sizes for the price of one Bearikade. Found a pretty good deal today over at mpgear.com if anyone else is in the market. $65.69 for a BV500 and $53.99 for a BV450 with coupon code MB10628 - and Free shipping on orders over $50.
I don't take as many extended trips as a number of you do, so I'm hopeful the two cans will get me by for a while.
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Re: Which Bear Canister?

Postby rlown » Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:12 am

On our last trip, my friends were looking at the BV at an REI in Sacto. I tried to open it, and quickly cut my finger wide open. They decided on the Garcia. :D I was looking to buy a bearikade, to replace the garcia. Price is big, but it won't cut me opening. Maybe it was me, but i was the third person that tried to open that thing.

That finger throbbed really bad all the way uphill, and complicated casting for a couple days.

The advantange of the garcia is that it's tall enough for me (6', 3") to sit on comfortably around camp. The Bearikade is 2" shorter (Weekender). The expedition is taller, but might not fit in my pack where i like it. guess i need to build a model and try and fit it. To offset the weight of the Garcia, the Weekender is the only choice; weigh/storage wise. Cost would be the only issue.

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Re: Which Bear Canister?

Postby gary c. » Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:59 pm

I've never actually cut myself opening my BV but I have barked a knuckle a couple of times. I found it's pretty easy to open if I use my pocket knife or a lighter to push on the edge of the lid instead of my fingers.
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Re: Which Bear Canister?

Postby BSquared » Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:10 pm

FISHPOLE wrote:Kind of don't understand what "barked a knuckle" means. ?

Scraping the "bark" (i.e., skin) off the knuckle.
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Re: Which Bear Canister?

Postby fishmonger » Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:06 am

Bearkade.


I have 4 canisters - one BV500, two weekenders and one Expedition. The BV500 is junk. Almost impossibe to open without using a fine selection of 4 letter words, and that's on a warm day. Cold, I bet I could not get into that thing. It is heavier, smaller and you can't sit on it.

There's that little cost issue, though...

Bearvault BV 500 1150g 700 cubic inches (11 liters) ($6/liter)
Bearikade Weekender 877g 650 cubic inches (10.6 liters) ($21.2/liter)
Bearikade Expedition 1035g 900 cubic inches (14.7 liters) ($18.7/Liter)

Also, stickers look better on a Bearikade :D

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Re: Which Bear Canister?

Postby rlown » Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:25 am

If the weekender was just 2" taller, i would have pulled the trigger and bought it. I just need to see if the expedition fits in my pack where i want it. If it does, it's still lighter than the garcia.
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Re: Which Bear Canister?

Postby The Other Tom » Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:30 am

fishmonger wrote:Bearkade.


I have 4 canisters - one BV500, two weekenders and one Expedition. The BV500 is junk. Almost impossibe to open without using a fine selection of 4 letter words, and that's on a warm day. Cold, I bet I could not get into that thing. It is heavier, smaller and you can't sit on it.


I've heard that complaint before. What's the issue with the BV ? Is it dust/sand getting in the threads ? Would a little grease fix it ?
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