Sunday, August 15, 2010

Gear Review: Ursack

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This bag was on a 10ft bear pole when they chewed a hole in it.

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Since we won't be in bear country we just picked up a couple of the Ursack minor bags.  Nathan and I purchased the ursacks directly from their website and were impressed with their quick shipping and bag quality. The bag is very lightweight but still appears to be very durable.

Another HUGE bonus is the bag is not required to be hung from a tree branch or bear pole, you just need to secure it to something so the critters don't drag it away.

Update:  We have returned from a 9 day trip to Isle Royale where we used the ursack minor. Each night we tied the ursacks to medium sized trees at waist height.

-The bag carried about 5 full days of food for 2 people (about 10 lbs.) with a little bit of room left over.
-It is not waterproof but it did not pool water on the inside and appears to shed water when left unprotected on a tree overnight in the rain.
-The first set of stitching appeared to be stressed, from our load on the inside, but there were 3 separate lines of stitching holding the bag together.
-The rope tie is heavy duty and at first it was hard to fully close the bag, but if you pull the ties opposite of each other (but crossing in the middle) it tightened up perfectly.
-We did not purchase the metal liner.
-Machine washed when we returned.

Bottom Line: We are happy with our usack minor purchase, they are durable and gave us peace of mind.  They came back in the same condition as when we left. We did not see any animals chewing on the bags, but also did not wake up to food bags with holes in them.


  1. Do they make sleeping bags out of this material?

  2. You should look at the Outsak. Same idea..keeps out the little critters.