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Backpacker Magazine – June 2013

Gear Review: Lighter1 Bear Bin

A bear canister with a built-in cooking pan and bowl -- for you, not the bear.

by: Ted Alvarez

Lighter1 Bear Bin (Courtesy Photo)
Lighter1 Bear Bin (Courtesy Photo)

On paper, the 5-liter Bear Bin isn’t the lightest bear canister—until you factor in the weight savings afforded by its simple-yet-sly design trick: The 6-ounce lid doubles as a cooking pan and bowl. On brutal off-trail scrambles in the North Cascades, I kept pack bulk and weight down by eviscerating my camp kitchen into just stove and spork. The no-frills handle holds the pan steady enough to stir soup and serves as an interior crossbar that connects to the outer lid and supports the canister structure. The lid seals with tiny finger screws attached to the can on flexible plastic leashes. They can be fiddly in cold weather, but they require fine motor skills that will foil even the craftiest bruins, and the canisters are approved for use everywhere. Also available in a 10.5-liter size ($90; 2 lbs. 4 oz.). $85; 1 lb. 5 oz.;

Perfect For
Ounce-counters who want failsafe food storage for bear country

Tester Data
Ted Alvarez
When Aug. to Oct.
Where North and Central Cascades, WA
“My butterfingers sent the can on a 20-foot talus tumble, but the polycarbonate canister endured and still looks brand new.”

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Jul 12, 2013

The weight savings is based on a big assumption...that you would be carrying a cooking pan and handle in the first place. If you're into saving weight you probably would not be. Doesn't really add up, especially at the higher price point than the already National Park approved Garcia or Bear Vault. If you really want to save weight, throw down some cash and buy the Wild Ideas Bearikade and use it as a washing machine and trail stool, instead of carrying a folding chair and a bucket!

Cindy Taiclet
Jul 09, 2013

we just bought the larger one. The weight claims are VERY deceptive and this article continues that confusion.
The plastic housing is 2 lbs, 4 oz.
THEN, add the handle and cooking pan (7 oz)
THEN add the lid (so you don't waste fuel) 2 OZ
Total is 2 lbs, 13 oz, very different than the misleading claim on the packaging and this article.
Please just be clear and honest


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