Aug 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm #1278559
Has anyone considered making a “front pack” style attachment to carry a bear canister in areas they are required? It seems to me this would be a very good solution. It would allow one to use a smaller main pack that should more than make up for the extra weight of the “front pack” (not including the weight of the bear canister, of course).
I’m thinking of giving this a try. Any thoughts?Aug 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm #1773191
@jdubsLocale: South SF Bay Area
Don't see why not. The size/shape of the thing might be an issue (protrudes out, awkward round curve pressed against your chest?), but weight wise I think you're right on point. If we can carry a DSLR+lenses in a front camera case comfortably, no reason a bear canister shouldn't work in that same spot.Aug 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm #1773192
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
The problem with a large front pack like you suggest is that it blocks your view of your feet, and this may lead to stumbling. At least it does for me.
–B.G.–Aug 26, 2011 at 7:21 pm #1773300
@robertm2sLocale: Lake Tahoe
I agree with Bob Gross about front packs' tendency to cause stumbling. The only exception is when skiing, I for one look out further than when hiking, and don't mind a front pack as much.Aug 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm #1773336
@rodneyondarockLocale: Southern California
Gets in the way of peeing, as well as the forward lean hunch when climbing steep uphill
Already have a beer belly, no room for a second barrelAug 27, 2011 at 9:09 am #1773431
It seems like there is a following for front packs (they are not the only ones to make one). Just seems like the bear canister would be a logical choice to put somewhere other than in your pack.
I hadn't thought about not being able to see your feet. I do look down a lot when hiking, but I don't know if it would bother me or not if I could not see my feet.Aug 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm #1773584
@thefatboyLocale: St. Louis
Another thought… In addition to the increased tendency to stumble, if you DO fall forward, you put that hard shell right into your gut/ribs. A front pack with semi-soft, conforming load is probably a better thought.Aug 28, 2011 at 9:35 am #1773642
Okay, so no one thinks this is a good idea. I guess a front pack with other "stuff" and the bear canister in the pack is a better idea.
Well, that is why I asked…Aug 28, 2011 at 10:15 am #1773663
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Front packs are hot— that ends up being a lot of insulation and blocked ventilation. Might be nice with a 20F/10MPH breeze in your face, but no so much after 2000 feet of switchbacks in August.
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