Garcia Backpacker Bear Resistant Food Container

Priced: $69.99 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 18 reviews.
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Garcia Backpacker Bear Resistant Food Container -
Tested and used by the National Parks Department.
This food container is made of high impact ABS plastic with stainless steel latches. The container is entirely flush and cannot be opened unless the bear has a coin or screwdriver. 603 Cubic Inches.
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Size:8 in. x 12 in.
Weight:2lbs. 9oz.

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Garcia Backpacker Bear Resistant Food Container Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Smarter than the average bear

2 lbs 9 oz is a lot of weight to allow for one piece of gear, especially when there seems to be alternatives. Let's think about those alternatives:
1) Keeping food in your tent--not a good idea. Remember, to a bear your food is just an appetiser; YOU are the meat entre.
2) Hang food in a bag with line tied within reach--whatever is within reach for you is within easy reach of a bear. There are some areas where bears haven't figured this out, but bears are notoriously clever and adaptive. How long do you want to go hungry if the a local bruin has a eureka moment? Plus, how long do you want to spend trying to hang a bag after you've been hiking all day?
3) Hang food using the counter balance method--better than (2), but has earned the nickname "bear pinata". Everything else said for (2) applies.
The first reviewer seemed to think you have to hang the cannister too--I guess he is a belt AND suspenders type.

The one thing I would change about this product would be to make it a bright color. The woods look different in the morning than they do at night. What looks like an obvious place to put the cannister at bedtime might take some looking to find in the morning.
Pappy Banjo at Campmor on 01/01/2012

NOLS Alumni

We used these bear containers on a 30-day backpacking trip with NOLS and personally I would rather carry this around than deal with a bear hang every night after dinner. The canister doubles as a nice place to sit while cooking and I'm sure it could hold up against any black bear. However, a grizzly might be able to crush this easily. Fortunately I have never had this product fully tested by a bear so I guess its a matter of time...
Patrick "The orange peeler" at Campmor on 06/06/2012

Excellent Bear Canister

This cannister has done exactly what it is supposed to...keep your smellables away from camp. Not too much to say, the locking mechanisim is straight forward and easy to use, it is heavy but there are not a lot of options as far as cannisters go...if you know you can hang a bag, that is the much cheaper/lighter way to go. As others have mentioned before, this doubles as a nice camp seat!
Tycus at Campmor on 11/11/2010


had a little trouble finding it, but once i did, was very happy to have all the food in one convenient container. no searching through backpacks or tents. nice and convenient. told my friends about this one. could be larger to hold more food. i was still a little hungry afterwards, but fortunately, i found the old "bag in the tree" at another site. like to never got that knot untied though.
"Smokey" at Campmor on 05/05/2013

Bear barrel

These are very lightweight and make camping in extreme conditions more convenient, as well as safer. Keeps us full and keeps the bears out of our food. Easy to pack, suspend in trees, and open (provided you have something to open it with; can be a coin, knife, thin rock, ect.). Used the same 2 barrels for over five years on several outdoor adventures.
ButchMan at Campmor on 10/10/2010

No more bear bags in trees.

The greatest thing is food protection from the other critters than can get into your food cache like racoons and chipmonks. I go into wilderness areas usually for about 3 to 4 days. Though it's a little bulky in the pack it can be easily worked around.
Gerry at Campmor on 07/07/2013

don't feed the bears

This should have some light color or refective marking on it. We haven't had trouble, but from the other reviews, if a bear was playing with this all night, good luck finding it. Then you are still out of food.
Out with Jesus at Campmor on 01/01/2012

Daughter said she really liked it.

Daughter took it with her to the high peaks. Light weight and easy to take with the carry case.
camper at Campmor on 08/08/2011

works as advertised

it is a must need/use item when backpacking in the high peak region of the adirondacks
fls at Campmor on 07/07/2012

great food container

Bought this canister to use in the High Peaks of NYState where they are required.
asdf at Campmor on 09/09/2012

Negative Reviews:

Heavy, Large, Required in NYS High Peaks

What can I do, it is required in the High Peaks of NYS otherwise $250.00 fine. Heavy, large and doesn't compress when food supply diminishes. I have a Ursa Sack which is more than adequate and very light weight. 25 years of camping/hiking the high peaks and never had a problem. The bone-heads that didn't take proper precautions ruined it for the rest of us.
aal at Campmor on 07/07/2013

Too much $$$$ Big as a house!!

I bought this because it was mandated by NY-DEC. It is a big black jug and I am sure it will keep the critters out but it will also keep me out of a lot of the areas where it is mandated because it is HUGE extra gear.
Leo at Campmor on 07/07/2013

Neutral Reviews:

A necessary evil

Has alternative uses such as a seat, as it is sturdy. With the sturdiness comes weight. Also takes up valuable room for lighter weight alternatives such as a bear bag. Bottom line, this is for the hiker who will be in parks requiring this type of food protection, and you should use the container for more than food storage if you are trying to conserve weight and storage capacity in your pack.
Boz at Campmor on 10/10/2010

OMG Huge!!!

I love hitting the peaks in NY but the bear container mandate is a really invasive drag. I know this thing will do the job but it is huge and cumbersome [ yes a great stool ]. I've, maybe luckily, never had a bear issue but I have heard that the fisher cats are relentless when it comes to getting your grub.
Leo at Campmor on 06/06/2013

Functional but heavy. Limited capacity.

It would be just as effective to hang your food in the optional bear bag cover than to carry the additional weight.
bloom3 at Campmor on 09/09/2011

Big Heavy Sturdy Bear Canister

Big sturdy heavy. Good for group or long backpack in bear country. Lighter ones are available.
Trail Snail at Campmor on 08/08/2013