Yosemite and SEKI: No news is no news.

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In a letter dated July 5, 2017, the superintendents of Yosemite (Palmer Jenkins) and Sequoia-Kings Canyon (Woody Smeck) wrote:

“As we mentioned in our May 8, 2017 letter to you, we are in the process of reviewing the new Ursack product [the AllMitey]. However, with the busy spring and summer, we have many high priority operational demands on our staff and park resources. Once we are able to complete our review we will let you know.”

They prefer written communications (not email or phone calls) to PO Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389.

While waiting for the “as soon as possible” review from Yosemite/Seki, take a look at our new dog toy

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Here is something to chew on while we continue to wait for Yosemite and SEKI to review the AllMitey.

We recently introduced Grrrsack, the world’s toughest dog squeaky toy–made of the same fabric as the AllMitey. Here’s a comment from a customer:

Hello,

I just wanted to let you know my initial impressions of the Grrrsack. Max has never had a toy other than  Kong toys last more than a couple hours (this may sound crazy but he has eaten or destroyed everything in hours). I gave him the Grrrsack last evening and at first he was not sure what to do with it, I think he thought it was something he should not chew on. After an hour or so he would not put it down. Carrying it everywhere, sleeping with it, even and this is the oddest thing going to the bathroom with it in his mouth. The only time he has put it down was when he eats or I take it from him. All this to say is after 24 hours of playing there is only one small hole [Note: dogs have much sharper teeth than bears]. Between the way it has lasted and how happy it has made him I am completely satisfied with your product.
Thank you,
Sean

 

Yosemite and SEKI to review Ursack AllMitey “as soon as possible.”

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We received a letter from the superintendents of Yosemite (Palmer (Chip) Jenkins) and SEKI (Woody Smeck) dated May 8, 2017 in which they said they would review the Ursack AllMitey “as soon as possible.”

If you have any comments or questions about this or any other issues about Yosemite or SEKI, you may contact them at:
Yosemite
SEKI

Ursack AllMitey Receives IGBC Certification No. 5135

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We weren’t worried about the IGBC Grizzly test, because the AllMitey is made of the same Spectra and closure system as the already approved Ursack S29.3 AllWhite. But they required a new test because we added a Kevlar laminate. The AllMitey was tested at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone on April 11, 2017 and successfully withstood at least 60 minutes of Grizzly attacks. IGBC Certification Number 5135.

Progress??? at Yosemite

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Ursack’s Secretary of State (a.k.a) Kristi Denton Cohen met with the acting Superintendent of Yosemite on March 24, 2017. He knew Kristi from her work on her prize winning documentary, Vertical Frontier. Kristi demonstrated the AllMitey for him, and he appeared genuinely interested. The AllMitey now goes to others at Yosemite and SEKI for their input and (we hope) approval.

Finally! Ursack is famous at last.

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On the February 9, 2017 episode of Jeopardy, the answer was “bear” and the question was:

Thanks to Paula Whittington of Loksak (maker of OPSak) for spotting this and being quick enough to take a picture of her tv set.

Successful Zoo Test of the New Ursack AllMitey

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We will soon be offering the Ursack AllMitey, which is resistant to all creatures great and small. Made of a laminated fabric comprised of Spectra (the same as used in our AllWhites), EVA and Kevlar Primo (made to resist shivs in prison), the AllMitey is impervious to punctures. While bears are virtually never able to tear holes greater than a 1/4″ in our S29.3 AllWhite models, their teeth and claws can sometimes penetrate the bag (often a weave separation) and mess up your food. That can’t happen with the AllMitey, which means your freeze dried food will survive a bear attack as well as the efforts of sharp toothed rodents. Progress does not come without costs. The AllMitey weighs 12.5 ounces and will retail for $124.95. We took the AllMitey to the Folsom Zoo on January 19, 2017, and with the help of 6 year old Henry, a black bear, and his somewhat older zookeeper, Amy Van der Molen, we put it to the test. Amy has been an invaluable help to our testing program since we first started going to the Folsom Zoo in 2000.

We filled the AllMitey with a variety of freeze dried food and a juice box. The juice box failed (but what backpacker would carry such a thing?). The food survived nicely. There were no holes in the AllMitey by which food could escape, and to my mind all of the food would have been completely edible. There was no bear slobber on it, and while some of the packaging was a little worse for wear, the contents were intact.  Here are some pictures:

New Survey About Ursack Adoption Rate

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Sectionhiker.com, a website devoted to backpacking with 300,000 unique readers per month, has just published a survey entitled Ursack Bear Bag Adoption Rate.

Here is a summary of the results:

There were 409 participants in this survey. Of these, 338 reported that they camp or backpack in areas that require protecting food from bears. Within that population:

  • 58 respondents (17%) already own and use a Ursack;
  • 65 respondents (19.2%) have definite plans to acquire a Ursack;
  • 101 respondents (29.9%) are considering a Ursack;
  • 140 respondents (41.4%) have used a bear canister in the past, when required.

And here is a link to the entire article: http://sectionhiker.com/ursack-bear-bag-adoption-rate-survey-results/

Happy New Year.

Interview with Andrew Skurka about Ursack

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I recently completed an interview with famed backpacker and writer Andrew Skurka about Ursack. You may find it informative: http://andrewskurka.com/2016/ursack-bear-bag-interview-ceo-founder-tom-cohen/

Andrew Skurka is an accomplished adventure athlete, speaker, guide, and writer. The 34-year-old is most well known for his solo long-distance backpacking trips, notably the 4,700-mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition, the 6,875-mile 7-month Great Western Loop, and the 7,775-mile 11-month Sea-to-Sea Route. In total, he has backpacked, skied, and packrafted 30,000+ miles through many of the world’s most prized backcountry and wilderness areas—the equivalent of traveling 1.2 times around Earth’s equator! He is the author of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools & Tips to Hit the Trail and guides about 15 trips per year under his company. Skurka has been named “Adventurer of the Year” by both Outside and National Geographic Adventure, as well as “Person of the Year” by Backpacker. National Geographic described him as “a superman among trekkers” and “one of the best traveled and fastest hikers on the planet.” He has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio and dozens of local media outlets.

The Wall Street Journal Profiles IGBC Grizzly Test: “The Gold Standard”

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In the September 8, 2016 Wall Street Journal, the newspaper covered bear product testing at the Wolf and Grizzly Discovery Center in West Yellowstone stating: “Passing the Discovery Center’s test is the gold standard for bear-resistance certification from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, a group of representatives from state and federal agencies that promotes grizzly populations in the U.S. and Canada.”  This is, of course, the test that the Ursack S29 AllWhite passed after two hours of mauling.

Here is a link to the article and video: http://www.wsj.com/articles/nice-trash-can-lets-see-what-the-bears-think-1473346166