Clif Sierra Trail Mix Bar

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Simply put, it's trail mix in bar form. A hearty supply…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $1.89 USD in store, $1.25 USD online

Summary

Simply put, it's trail mix in bar form. A hearty supply of peanuts (and peanut butter), yummy chocolate bits, a mix of seeds (pumpkin and sunflower) and raisins — although it's a little light on the raisins.

Pros

  • Good ol' fashioned trail mix flavor
  • Easily accessible — I've seen these and other Clif Bar flavors in many gas stations, convenience stores, and grocery stores
  • 70% organic ingredients and Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa

Cons

  • Stiff when cold
  • The packaging is bit deceptive in that the bar doesn't fill the packaging.
  • I would like to see more raisins, but they do make other products with increased raisin content

This bar reminds me of the bag of trail mix that my mother used to pack for me before I went out camping/hiking as a kid with my older brothers. It has the peanuts, the chocolate chunks, the raisins, the seeds and even the sea salt (which imitates the flavors of the pretzels that my mom would toss in my trail mix). Maybe I'm a little sentimental on this one, but the taste is just right for me. Not too sweet, not too salty. 

I've had this bar a few times now — twice during lengthy mountain bike rides, once during a day hike, and even once during a road trip when I wanted to keep driving and not stop until I nearly peed myself. 


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Clif Bars and their other brands (ie: Clif Mojo, Kit's Organic, Luna) have become very popular, easy to find at most gas stations and convenience stores here in the eastern US. While it's nice that they are easy to find, the price is typically much cheaper when purchased online. I try to avoid online purchases, but the difference in my case was $1.89 at the gas station and $1.25 from the Clif Bar website with free shipping (mind you, you have to buy a case of 12 bars, so you better like the flavor). 

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As you can see, the bar doesn't exactly fill the packaging. While the bar is enough, it does give the impression that there will be more. 


While these bars are easy to find and very tasty, there is always the question of energy and calories. This bar, at 68 grams (2.4oz), offers 250 calories, which is pretty average in terms of energy bars that I've seen on the market. There are certainly ones that pack in more calories, but the price seems to increase as calories provided increases. This bar to me is a good happy-medium in terms of price per calorie and calorie per gram. 

Lastly, and this is a big reason why I've been satisfied with Clif Bars, is that every time I have one, I have no desire to scarf it down like I often do with other trail food or energy bars. The chewiness is just right and the bar is thick enough to warrant 6-7 bites typically. This means that it usually takes me 10-15 minutes to eat a full bar. 

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While the Clif Bar shot to fame with the backing of the mountain bike industry, I think it's a bar that can be eaten for a variety of outdoor pursuits, with maybe winter camping as an exception as they tend to be stiff when cold.  

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, KiwiKlimber. I do like trail mix, a lot, so this sounds worth a try.


2 months ago
LoneStranger

I rotate between half a dozen or more flavors but this is one of my favorites.


2 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

Props for your review, but Clif Bars are a last resort in my trailside dining!


2 months ago
KiwiKlimber

Care to share reasons, Goose? I never have nor intend to use these as a meal substitute. In fact, come to think of it, I've never taken ClifBars on a multi-day trip. For me, this and other ClifBars are little more than easy to find, tasty calories to burn during more rigorous pursuits (ie: mountain biking and day hikes when a buddy and I are really pounding out the miles). As well, my hiking buddy often calls the night before and says, "Let's go hiking tomorrow." With such little prep time, these are easy to grab at a gas station/store on the way to the trailhead.


2 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

Until recently, I have grabbed them for caving and day trips. They are handy, but they have always tasted like flavored sawdust to me. When I found the Mariani bars last spring (reviewed last week), I found the best of both worlds--convenient and tasty.


2 months ago
LoneStranger

I don't know about your tastebuds G00SE but mine say the Blueberry Crumble flavor most certainly does not taste like sawdust :p


2 months ago
KiwiKlimber

Goose, I didn't see your Mariani bar review until now. I am a fan of fewer, real ingredients and that review is helpful. I'll keep an eye out for them, but I don't recall seeing them in the stores I frequent. In the meantime, I'll keep the ClifBars because they taste AOK to me.


2 months ago
KiwiKlimber

LoneStranger, have you tried any of the seasonal flavors - ie: iced gingerbread, spiced pumpkin pie, or pecan pie? I haven't ventured down that road, but am curious.


2 months ago
LoneStranger

Haven't run into those Kiwi, but now I'll have to keep my eye out because you've got me curious about them too


2 months ago

Clif Sierra Trail Mix Bar

previously retailed for:
$16.54 - $28.99

The Clif Sierra Trail Mix Bar is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen June 30, 2014 at Mountains Plus.

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