I know that some people complain about the weight of canisters, but I think they’re a great invention. We didn’t have to worry about our food in an area that has bear problems, and we didn’t have to spend a lot of time when we got to camp trying to string up ropes and bear bags. If we forgot that we needed something from the canister, it was easy to just go and open it, rather than hassling with taking food bags down, stringing them back into the trees, etc. Also, the canister makes a nice chair. It’s well worth the weight.
Our next trip is in an area that doesn’t have bear problems. But there are always mice, ringtails, ravens and other critters looking to get your food. So we plan to take the canister on just about all of our backpacking trips from now on.