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Bearikade for JMT

Postby DriveFly44 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:50 pm

Trying to save up for a Bearikade for my JMT trip - been a little harder on a teacher's salary :( Just logged onto the site this morning and the new prices jumped to $299 for the Expedition - Ouch!!! I know you can rent them but no more JMT flat rate....just 45% off the $6/per day rental fee. Great bear cannister but it's getting harder to justify.


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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:58 pm

It all comes down to how much outdoor things you do. It's pretty much a life time investment unlike almost all other gear. I have been using an expedition since 2009 and I don't have any complaints.

After this long the O ring that gives it an air tight and water tight seal has become cracked badly and will leak if left sitting up in the rain. The aircraft cable that holds the lid on has also worn down and broken off. But that is after around 340 days of backpacking.
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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby DriveFly44 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:03 pm

I hear you Rogue....just bummemd that it went up in price after trying to justify the $275. I know it's a quality product that will last a long time.

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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby paul » Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:15 pm

What are your dates? I might be able to loan you one of mine.
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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby DriveFly44 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:27 pm

That is very thoughtful and generous Paul. My permit is for July 4th and we will exit around the 2nd of August.

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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby Mike M. » Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:32 pm

After this long the O ring that gives it an air tight and water tight seal has become cracked badly and will leak if left sitting up in the rain. The aircraft cable that holds the lid on has also worn down and broken off. But that is after around 340 days of backpacking.


Rogue, you should contact Wild Ideas at 805-693-0550. I don't know what their warranty policy is, but I suspect they will fix your canister for free, or replace it. (Unless, that is, you've been using it as a cooking pot!)

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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:45 pm

Seems extreme for them to replace it. I have checked their site for a new O ring but I would probably need to request it from them. Honestly it might be better not having that seal because it allows the can to breathe in the heat.

As for the cable I am not too worried about it but if I wanted it replaced I would have to send it to them since it has a strange mounting system to the can.
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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby The Other Tom » Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:39 pm

RoguePhotonic wrote:Seems extreme for them to replace it. I have checked their site for a new O ring but I would probably need to request it from them. Honestly it might be better not having that seal because it allows the can to breathe in the heat.

The O ring also keeps smells from getting out so Mr. Bear has a harder time smelling them.
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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby SweetSierra » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:54 pm

I'm with Mike M. I would check with them on the warranty. Couldn't hurt to ask. I love my
expedition. They might repair it for little or no cost.
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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby rlown » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:33 pm

They replaced my friends Bearikade bottom for 20 buxx when he punctured it. Just call them.
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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby ndwoods » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:18 pm

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The O ring also keeps smells from getting out so Mr. Bear has a harder time smelling them.[/quote]

That really doesn't make any difference....the smell of your hands on the can is enuf to attract a bear. As long as you don't forget to lock it then you should be fine tho. :)

I used to do search and rescue with dogs and it's amazing what they could find. In my last test, my dog had to find 4 articles in a 4 acre field....after the articles had been boiled in hot water, pulled out with sterile tongs and put in plastic bag, then thrown in the search field without being touched several hours before her test. She found all 4 articles in a hasty search in under 4 min....she had 15 min allotted to her. There is no such thing as odor barriers or anything else like that....just cans that lock good and are round so the bear can't get a grip....:)

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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby fishmonger » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:27 am

functional o-rings are useful to keep rain out - I've had water in the bottom of one of our Bearikades after a 12 hour rainstorm. Probably best to lay them on their side, too, but that time we had no idea they would not seal out water if they are supposed to be so smell proof.

Our o-rings look good, seem to seal, but clearly, if water gets through, so will smell. My guess is the water leaks around the lock holes, not the outside rim.
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