Gear Watch: Bearier 700

If you've ever backpacked with a bear canister to protect your food from ursine consumption, you know this: Bear cans are bulky. They are heavy. They are awkward to pack. But there are backcountry destinations that require them, either by law (several national parks, including Yosemite) or common sense (remote bear-central backcountry, like Alaska and the northern Rockies.)

Bear cans are the ultimate critter-proof device (check my past article, Gnawing Concerns, for a full overview of the options), but you would never take one if you didn't have to. Simply too much weight and bulk. The Bearier 700, however, may take you one step closer in that direction.

Introduced at Winter Outdoor Retailer in mid-January, the Bearier 700 takes canister design in an entirely new direction. Think of it as a modular solution. The Bearier consists of two polycarbonate domes that attach together in the middle, creating two hemispheres of storage. Each dome half features a drawstring closure to keep food contained, plus integrated straps in each for lashing to your pack.

Weighing in at just under 2 pounds, and with 700 cubic inches of capacity, the Bearier currently takes the title for most capacity for least weight. Even more intriguing is the forthcoming "Grub Hub," a cylindrical ring that attaches between the two domes and expands overall capacity by an extra 300 cubic inches.

The Bearier 700 is the first product from Camp 4 Outdoors, a small California-based start-up, and will be available later this year. The expected retail price is around $110, plus an additional $60 for the Grub Hub.

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid