Bare Boxer Contender



The Bare Boxer Contender is a budget bear canister…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60


The Bare Boxer Contender is a budget bear canister that is light and more importantly, approved by IGBC and SIBBG for use in both Grizzly and black bear country.


  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Easy to open
  • Multiple uses


  • Small, only holds 3 days worth of food

Earlier this year, I decided to shop around for a bear canister to use on my weekend trips. I needed something that fit my budget as well something that is approved to be used in any National or State Forests. I had a few choices to select from, ranging from size, weight, and price.

The choices I had were:

  • BearVault 450 - Good size but too large for my needs but price was just right
  • Bearikade Scout - Would be my #1 choice both in size and weight, but too pricey @ $195
  • Counter Assault Bear Keg - Slightly higher in price but too heavy and too big
  • Garcia Bear Canister - The work horse of all canisters, heavy...and HEAVY!
  • Bare Boxer Contender - Price is right, weight is right, size fits nicely in my pack.

Based on my personal preferences, I felt that the Bare Boxer Contender fit all of my needs across the board.  

Here are some specs of the Contender:

  • Weight: 1 lb. 6 oz.
  • Diameter: 7.4 in.
  • Length: 8 in.
  • Volume: 275 cu. in.

Some detailed pictures of the canister itself and how much food it can hold.





From the last photo above, I was able to squeeze 3 out of 4 MH meals and most of the snacks. More than enough for a 3-day trip. However, if some items are repackaged, you can actually fit more in there if you wanted.

Aside from this canister being used for what it is made for, I have found that this has made a great camp chair as well when cooking.


In addition to using it as a chair, I have also used it to hold water or used it as a bucket to do laundry in.  I am completely happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone looking for a lightweight, low cost bear canister.

Joshua Brown

Excellent - ty for the photos and real life usage examples - quite helpful.

3 years ago

Thanks! Glad that this review has helped you.

3 years ago

Bare Boxer Contender


The Bare Boxer Contender is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen August 31, 2015 at Gossamer Gear.

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