The Gossamer Gear Bearister food hanging system is built around a 11oo cubic inch (18.25 liter) 30 denier silnylon daypack called the BigBag, which is used to hang your food. It’s a clever dual use idea, especially if you like to hike into an area, set up a base camp and do day hikes, returning to the same camp each night.
This of course assumes you’re hiking/camping in a group since the bag has to remain up a tree while you run off during the day. Unless all you carry on your day hike is your food supply, water, and other odds and ends, stuffed into the BigBag.
The Bearister comes with 3 components:
- BigBag backpack (large version of the smaller RikSak)
- 2.95 oz. (84g.) average
- Dyneema rock bag, called a RokSak, with a min-biner
- 217 oz. (6.15g.) average Roksak only
- .276 oz. (7.84 g) carabiner
- 50′ of Dynaglide cord
- 1.28 oz. (36.4 g.) for 50 feet (15 meters) average
Each of these are also sold separately which can be useful if you already have a bear bag you like and just want to replace parts of it with better components.
The BigBag is large enough (14 x 23 in /36 x 60 cm) to fit a smell proof OPSack if you use one. OPSacks are big ziploc bags purported to be 10,000 times more smell proof than regular ziplocs. I’ve been using one for years as a bear bag liner (note: I have no idea whether they are effective or not, or I’ve just been lucky).
To hang the BigBag, simply connect one end of the mini-biner to the BigBag’s haul loop, and the other end to the Dynaglide line which you’ve thrown over a branch or two – depending on the type of hang that suits your needs.
The Dynaglide cord that comes with the Bearister is pretty cool stuff. With a tensile strength of 1000 pounds, it is insanely strong, but has a very slippery urethane coating that won’t cut into most trees. It’s billed as snag-proof, but it’s not and will knot up on you if you’re careless with how you stow it.
The Dyneema RokSak is also pretty tough and tear resistant. I have managed to rip one to shreds this year, but I was trying to see how much damage it could sustain before it became unusable (quite a lot.) I undertook that little exercise because I’ve been on trips with silnylon rock bags that shredded on the first throw – rendering them useless – and I wanted to make sure that the Bearister didn’t suffer from the same flaw. No worries there – the replacement RokSak I’ve started using since has been going strong for a while.
The Bearister is not for everyone – for example – I’m not a base camp / day hike kind of hiker – so having a dual use bear bag / stuff sack that I can use as a day pack isn’t a top priority. Even so, I like each of the individual components of the Bearister system quite a lot and tend to use them separately, at least as much as I do together. (MSRP $65 USD)
Disclsoure: Gossamer Gear provided Philip Werner with a complementary Bearister Food Hanging System for testing and review.
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