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  • BACKPACKER Food Cache

    Expertly tested, (by bears) the Backpackers Cache will keep your dinner safe from the marauding wildlife.

    Features/Benefits:

    • Rounded edges designed to slip into a backpack with ease
    • Hold up to six days of food for one person
    • Unique closure seal out food odor and keeps contents dry
    • Opens easily with a metal tip object, keys, coins or multitool
    • 8.8 in. diameter X 12 in. long
    • weight 2.7 lbs
    • Cache carry case available, search sku 210-277-696

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Garcia MachineBACKPACKER Food Cache
 
4.0

(based on 9 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (7)
  • Simple to use (7)
  • Good instructions / manual (5)
  • Packs small / compresses (4)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (7)

Best Uses

  • Backcountry camping (7)
  • Winter conditions (4)
  • Camping (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid adventurer (8)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Survivalist / minimalist (5), Comfort driven (3)

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy this one, not the other brand

By Greenbeard

from Southbury, CT

About Me Avid Adventurer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clear Instructions
  • Effective
  • Simple To Use

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Adirondack High Peaks
  • Backcountry Camping
  • Campgrounds
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Winter Conditions

Comments about Garcia Machine BACKPACKER Food Cache:

Bears in both the Adirondack High Peaks region and in the Sierra Nevada backcountry have figured out that hanging bags are a free meal. Bear canisters are required in these areas.

I can verify Waldo's comments about the bear in the Adirondacks that has figured out how to open the "other brand" of canister as I am unfortunately one of the people who found this out first hand. BearVault (the "other brand") did try a new lid design this year but this failed as well and their web site now advises against using their own product in the Marcy Dam area of the Adirondacks.

Thanks to EMS's satisfaction policy I am now using the Garcia Backpacker's Cache and haven't had any problems since. While the BearVault had more volume and the transparency was nice I would gladly give up those features for the peace of mind of knowing that my breakfast will still be there in the morning. Garcia does make a nylon carry case for these so they can be strapped on the outside of a pack. I don't think EMS sells the case at this time.

Even if you have the carrying case you DO NOT want to hang or tie the canister to a tree. The manufacturer and the rangers specifically advise against it. Any kind of dangling rope or strap gives the bear something to grab on to so he can drag the canister away. The bear won't be able to get your food, but neither will you. The proper way to use the canister is to remove it from the carrying case and place it into a depression in the ground so that it won't roll away downhill or into water if a bear decides to play soccer with it.

Remember to put your soap, toothpaste, garbage, and anything else with a smell in the canister at night as well. A neighbor at a campsite used a canister for their food but put their toiletries in a hang bag. In the morning there was half-eaten deodorant and toothpaste scattered about.

Using a tied bag inside the canister helps keep odors contained and bears away. The canister and the plastic bag that comes with it are not waterproof but a small dry bag can be placed inside the canister instead of the plastic bag.

  • What Is Your Gear Style:
  • Minimalist

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not what you want in a bear can.

By Zappa

from Webster, New York 14580

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • none

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Flimsy
  • Hard To Repack
  • One Time Use Only

Best Uses

  • Winter Conditions

Comments about Garcia Machine BACKPACKER Food Cache:

I purchased this can because I couldn't fit all our smellables into my Bearikade brand barrel. The bear wasn't able to get in because I got up at 2am and scared her off. A small female bear was able to destroy the top edge in 4 spots. If the bear had another 5 minutes she would have cracked the top off. The barrel was used once and because of the gnawing has weakened the top to the point it would be unwise to use it again. The grooves chewed into the top edge are so deep the next bear would be able to carry it away. [$] for a one time use is not what I expect from something EMS sells. My suggestion is to go to www.wild-ideas.net and purchase a Bearikade brand barrel. While very expensive the peace of mind knowing you won't lose your food is well worth the cost. My bearikade has been proven to keep black bears out multiple times in the Adirondack Park.

  • What Is Your Gear Style:
  • Minimalist

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Expertly Tested by Bears

By GoJohnnygo

from Plattsburgh,NY

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Instructions
  • Effective
  • Simple To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backcountry Camping

    Comments about Garcia Machine BACKPACKER Food Cache:

    What I do Backcountry Camping and Peak bagging with overnight camping in the Adirondacks. Working for that 46ers badge.

    Very Easy to use, it opens quickly and easily with plenty of room for food.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Minimalist

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Larger than it appears

    By Dryrock

    from St. Petersburg, FLorida

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Instructions
    • Easy To Pack
    • Effective
    • Simple To Use

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Backcountry Camping
    • Campgrounds

    Comments about Garcia Machine BACKPACKER Food Cache:

    We purchased two caches for an Adirondack trip, as these caches were manditory there. They are rather large and with a little work, one can pack 3-4 days worth of food easily. I suggest you also purchase the nylon carrying case and lash it to the outside of your pack, as it will take up too much room in your pack.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort Driven

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beware of imitators

    By Waldo

    from Syracuse, NY

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Instuctions
    • Effective
    • Simple To Use

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Backcountry Camping

    Comments about Garcia Machine BACKPACKER Food Cache:

    My only wish is that they made a smaller model. Beware of the other type cannister. EMS staff themselves (I won't give away which stores) state that there is one bear in the 'Dacks and one in Yosemite that can open it. And while that company expects to release a new lid in a few months, your only sure bet right now is this Garcia/Backpacker cache. I know it's only one bear, but do YOU want to take the chance? The DEC held a bear seminar which verifies my above statements. Feel free to call 'em.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Minimalist

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Larger than it appears

    By dryrock53

    from St. Petersburg, Florida

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Instructions
    • Easy To Pack
    • Effective
    • Simple To Use

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Backcountry Camping

    Comments about Garcia Machine BACKPACKER Food Cache:

    A must where bear cans are needed. This is the only bear can approved for use in the Tetons and the Marcy Dam area of the Adirondacks. Easy to open, for a human that is. It is larger than I would have thought. I packed alot of food in this bear can. You will prob need to purchase the nylon carry case as well, as this can will take up the majority of the inside of a large pack

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort Driven

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Food Cache

    By Cindy314

    from Saranac Lake, New York

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Garcia Machine BACKPACKER Food Cache:

    This was a gift, so I am not using it. However, it was a gift for my son who owned one previously and it was either lost or stolen while hiking in the Adirondacks. We gave him a replacement for Christmas.

     
    5.0

    Recommended for Bear Country

    By John

    from Clifton Park, NY

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Pros

    • Clear Instructions
    • Easy To Pack
    • Effective
    • Simple To Use

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Backcountry Camping
    • Day Trips
    • River Trips
    • Winter Conditions

    Comments about Garcia Machine BACKPACKER Food Cache:

    Great product, it fit snuggly inside my LL Bean White Mountain Pack, but I would suggest that you buy the carrying case to lash it on the outside of your pack if needed. If packed properly it would hold several days of food. The downside is that it is bulky and heavy. But also makes a great backpacking stool!

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort Driven

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Item as described and solid! Good buy.

    By Ki-Tae Kim

    from New York, New York

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Instuctions
    • Easy To Pack
    • Effective
    • Simple To Use
    • Sturdy design

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • No bag or carry case
    • No loop for rope or biner

    Best Uses

    • Backcountry Camping
    • Campgrounds
    • In the ADK or bear region
    • Winter Conditions

    Comments about Garcia Machine BACKPACKER Food Cache:

    This is essential if you are going up to the Adirondacks, as it is required up there. I think it is great because it is a very sturdy design and I don't think even a bear can claw through it. The only negative to this is that it is a little bulky for a weekend trip (as you don't need all the space) and there is no easy way to strap it to your bag, unless you buy a specific carry bag for this container. Otherwise, it's a great buy.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Minimalist

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