Last summer, I tested four bear canisters—all certified bear-proof by government agencies—but this one is the lightest (by half a pound) and most convenient. It’s made of high-impact carbon fiber and aircraft aluminum, and the extra-wide mouth makes it a snap to load. Opening is straightforward: Just use a pocketknife to unscrew the trio of metal fasteners. Despite the low weight, it’s tough. I dropped it, rolled it down scree slopes, and let it bounce around the bed of my pickup on the way to the trailhead, with zero problems. Bummer: price. wild-ideas.net
Bear-country campers who need canister security at the lowest possible weight
Jason D.B. Kauffman (other tester: John Harlan)
Duration May to Sept.
Locales/conditions ID, MT; clear and stormy
“Even if land managers don’t require you to use a bear canister where you’re camping, the peace of mind is worth it.”
9 in. (diameter) by 10 in. (length)
1 lb. 15 oz.
Weekender (650 cu. in.); Expedition (900 cu. in.)