Reviewed by KachinaBoy from Arizona on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I spend a lot of weekends in the Grand Canyon. You don't typically see bears there. And you don't see rodents either. But you hear them. At night. When they invade the plastic grocery bag you forgot to hang up, crinkling around sampling one tiny bite of every Power Bar you brought. Not to ment...
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Reviewed by PA Jim from Olympic Peninsula, WA on Thursday, July 03, 2014
Good little food canister. I put a '2 person-3 day' supply of dehydrated backpacking food in it and still had room for trailmix and scented toiletries. The National Park requires 'bear canisters' in the backcountry and supplies them, but I wanted the convenience of having mine on hand. It provides better peace of mind at night and when you're away from camp, knowing your stuff will be there in the morning. Hanging a food sack doesn't work like it did years ago - the persistent critters have outsmarted us on that.
Reviewed by Wiley the Explorer from Southern California on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The quality control at UDAP is a little lacking because on the first one's lid that I received...well, one of the screws you could barely turn, and the other one was so loose it would wiggle when you shook it. I sent it back and the next one that came the screws seem to work ok, for now anyway. Mabye they should really hire someone at UDAP to inspect these things after they receive them from China, you know perhaps before they sell them to us. I could kind of understand if it was just a five dollar item, but come on guys really? You know what I mean, with the outrageous price they charge for these simple little plastic barrels? At least they would save themselves some returns in the long run. Anyway, it turns out this one really isn't any better than the "knockoff" one with the orange lid, that sells for way less. In fact, I would bet you five it's made at the same factory for about two-fifty. Just my two cents on it, or actually more like five-thousand and two cents.
Reviewed by swampsister from Great Green Swamp, Fl on Monday, April 14, 2014
I have only had the opportunity to play with it. Opens easily with a coin, then just tip it and the lid falls off - no real trick there. So far cover looks okay, not super sturdy but adequate if used with care. It is heavier than I like - but with the increase in bear population in Florida, looks like this is probably the wave of the future for here. Great STP price never hurts either. Will update this if I find out anything earth shaking.
Reviewed by Lancaster soccer mom from Lancaster, ohio on Sunday, January 19, 2014
I haven't tested this with the bears yet, but I think it will do quite well! I read one review that said it was difficult to open, which I agree with if you are a bear. But if you have a coin like it says, to use to open, it works juuuust fine!
The actual volume of this canister is about 545 cu in.
Answered on 8/26/2010 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post
The actual volume of this canister is 248 fluid ounces to the brim as I measured it. It was just one cup shy of holding two gallons. That is 447ci, which is about the same displacement of an early 70's model Chrysler or Pontiac V8 engine.
Answered on 4/30/2014 6:19:24 AM by Wiley the Explorer from Southern California
By the way, the specs on the weight and size are slightly incorrect too. It's actually 2.4 lbs, which is 2 lbs, 6 1/2 ozs. And the width is really 8 1/2 to 3/4 inches because of the lip in the middle, but it is 8 inches at the top and bottom and ten inches tall.
Answered on 4/30/2014 4:10:21 PM by Wiley the Explorer from Southern California
One last thing, in case you're still wondering how big it really is and need a visual. Well, I was able to stuff six High Mountain Jerky three person serving dehydrated pouches in, six Libby's cooked ground beef ( 6oz not-dehydrated) pouches, six packets of oatmeal, and finally six protein bars totally crammed full with just about enough room left over to squeeze in few salt and pepper packets. So that was everything left in it's original packaging, just packed in very tightly. I suppose I could squeeze one or two more pouches in there if I were to repackage and vacuum seal them all, but so far I have not needed to. Or you could always just get a bigger canister too for longer trips, but I prefer the smaller ones myself. So I guess that pretty much sums it up.
Answered on 4/30/2014 5:32:39 PM by Wiley the Explorer from Southern California
While this is NPS approved Yosemite has it's own regulations that you can find at: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/containers.htm
Answered on 7/25/2010 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post
No; None of the UDAP canisters are on Yosemite's approved list.
Answered on 1/24/2011 12:00:00 AM by San Francisco Eco Tours from Bay Area
On 09/23/2012 I checked and this canister IS APPROVED. See http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/containers.htm to verify.
Answered on 9/23/2012 12:00:00 AM by Whitewater from Richmond Va
I'm from Central California and a experienced backpacker of over twenty years. Who cares if it Yosemite approved...I've backpacked for weeks with and without a container and never have had my food stolen by a bear. The best thing about the canister is a seat to sit on. The thru hikers on the PCT sleep with their food in a stuff sack. Shame on the National Park Service for even requiring containers. Start at a Trail head in the Forest Service and then enter Yosemite. No worries about the Pine Pigs of the National Park Service indoctrinating you into their communist regime. Whoever required the container should be tried for treason by fellow backpackers.
Answered on 2/21/2014 9:17:41 PM by Jake from USA
So hey you all, I thought mabye I should just really tell you about what happened last weekend. Yes, I'm from southern California, but I really just wanted to tell you all that my best friend got raped by a bear on the PCT. Unfortunately I think it was because he felt that hiding one bag in the tree was somewhat worth more than hiding two in the bush...or getting a bear canister, or something like that. Apparently, the bear he wrestled with over the bag had never heard of it. And the really weird thing about it was...that just about every single last coyote on the mountain came down around to yip and holler about the whole scuffle...as if it was UFC 193 or something. Unfortunately nobody was quite quick enough to catch any of it on video, so you'll just have to use your imagination about what happened...but guess who won?
Answered on 5/3/2014 2:12:39 AM by Wiley the Explorer from Not Where You Are