Toughest Gear: Garcia Machine Backpackers' Cache and MontBell Handy Scoop

These bear canisters have been making bears sad since 1982.
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There are lighter containers, but we’ve watched bears get frustrated by these tanklike canisters for more than a decade. Key: an ingenious locking lid. $75; 2 lbs. 11 oz.;


MontBell Handy Scoop

500 catholes—and still going strong.