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rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Liquid IV Hydration Multiplier

The Liquid IV electrolyte mix offers a variety of flavors, but none of them are overly sweet. I ordered the product directly from the company. The product was delivered quickly and ahead of schedule. I ordered the variety pack which included three flavors—Lemon Lime, Acai Berry and Passion Fruit. There were eight packets of each flavor. It is recommended that each packet be added to 16 ounces. or 0.5 liter of water. At first I found it a little difficult to open the packets cleanly. I then realized… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Hotshot Sports Shot

Relieves muscle cramps fast! I had returned from several days of backpacking in the Trinity Alps. The last day was long and hot, and I'd probably not drunk as much water as I should have. But the beer was cold, and it was sooo nice to sleep in a real bed. And at 3 a.m., the cramping started. It began in my right calf, and as I tried stretching/rubbing it out without waking up my wife (sorry, honey!), the left calf started to kick in too. As they both got tighter and more painful, I remembered the… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Clif Nut Butter Filled Bar

This is a nice addition to the Clif Bar lineup of energy bars. The Peanut Butter flavored Nut Butter filled Clif Bar has an appealing softer consistency than the classic Clif Bars, which combined with a great taste, make these bars a nice option as a trail bar to throw in your pack for a day hike or a through hike. Years ago I used to be a big fan of classic Clif Bars, but as other manufactures brought a seeming endless number of options to the market, I started shifting to other trail bars that… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Larabar Cashew Cookie

A straightforward, no-nonsense trail snack that has become a personal favorite. Taste: With only two ingredients (cashews and dates), the taste is as one might expect (surprise, it tastes like cashews and dates!). I’ve never been a huge fan of raw dates, but these are much more enjoyable than raw dates, even though there is a distinct date flavor. As for cashews, I could eat them all day, everyday, so this bar was particularly intriguing for me. From what I’ve seen, most other trail bars/snacks… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Patagonia Provisions Apricot + Almond Bar

A non-GMO, organic energy bar that tastes great and has a backpacker-acceptable caloric density of 100 calories per ounce. The small size lends it to stashing in small pockets (but not so much for satiety). These are expensive, just as most organic, non-GMO products are. Here are the ingredients as listed on the package: Organic Dried Apricot, Organic Dried Pear, Organic Dried Apple, Organic Almond, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate, Organic Baobab Fruit Powder, Organic Black Chia Seeds Here is the… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Tailwind Rebuild

Tailwind Rebuild drink powder is easy to mix, tastes good, is digestible and provided an ideal balance of carbohydrate, protein and electrolytes to replenish the body immediately after exercise. I’m a big fan of recovery snacks and Tailwind Nutrition has developed an easy solution for replenishing needed nutrients efficiently with the new Rebuild drink powder. The recovery period is often overlooked for long-distance backpackers but the concept has been around sports nutrition for a long time. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Kate's Tiki Bar

These bars taste good and have a good, crunchy texture. One of my favorite discoveries this year was Kate’s brand. I have burned out on so many energy bars that I’m filled with dread every time I have to stock up. Kate’s saved the day with a bar that has actual crunch and delicious flavor. I quickly tire of the soft textures of so many backpacking foods but Kate’s bars use organic brown rice crisps (think Rice Krispies) to provide a satisfying crunch. All of her products use gluten-free,… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Médique Medi-Lyte

Medi-Lyte is a low cost electrolyte supplement in tablet form that allows you to easily manage your electrolyte replacement with your activity level. This summer I took a different approach in how I went about replacing my electrolytes. Instead of using any one of the many powdered forms that are offered by many of the sport drink manufactures, I decided I would try using an electrolyte supplement from Medique called Medi-Lyte. I purchased Medi-Lyte off of Amazon and it cost $7.65 for a box of 50… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bar

These new bars from Skratch are a nice change from the overly sugary bars we usually encounter. Most endurance athletes are familiar with Skratch Labs. Their energy and electrolyte drink mixes are the stuff of legend. The founder of the company, Alan Lim, was a nutritionist for several professional cycling teams (BMC, Radio Shack, Garmin), and developed his "secret drink mix" after fielding complaints from cyclists about the electrolyte drinks that they were forced to drink. Along with Chef Biju… Full review

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Liquid IV Hydration Multiplier added Jun 2, 2019
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hotshot Sports Shot added May 11, 2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Larabar Cashew Cookie added Oct 1, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Provisions Apricot + Almond Bar added Sep 25, 2018
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Tailwind Rebuild added Sep 22, 2018
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Médique Medi-Lyte added Aug 13, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bar added Jun 9, 2018
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Run Gum Energy Gum added May 12, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Huma Chia Energy Gel added Apr 20, 2018
$2 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Dharma Bars Endurance Bars added Feb 13, 2018
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Clif Hot Chocolate Bar added Oct 23, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Cusa Premium Instant Tea added Sep 20, 2017
$10 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Nut Butter Filled Bar added Apr 12, 2017
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Whey Protein Bar added Apr 11, 2017
$3
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Redd Superfood Energy Bars added Oct 28, 2016
$3
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger Snack Bar added Oct 5, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Simple Squares Organic Nutrition Bar added Oct 1, 2016
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
EnergyBits and RecoveryBits added Aug 14, 2016
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Packit Gourmet Mango-Kale Jump-Start Smoothie added Jun 18, 2016
$5 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon 500ml added Jun 12, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Naked Granola Granola Cookies - Seattle added May 3, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ambronite added Feb 24, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Alacer Emergen-C added Dec 8, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Zipfizz added Nov 30, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bonk Breaker Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Bar added Sep 23, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UnTapped Maple Packets added Aug 28, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Bolt Energy Chews added Jul 18, 2015
$3 - $17
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Pat's Backcountry Beverages Brew Concentrate added Jun 11, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
GoMacro Macrobar added Feb 19, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Organic Energy Food added Feb 3, 2015
$3 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Bear Naked Peanut Butter Energy Bar added Jan 27, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Omnibar Energy Bar added Jan 11, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar added Dec 17, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kate's Tiki Bar added Dec 16, 2014
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Ally's Bar Original Sweet Potato added Oct 18, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Cave Man Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Bar added Oct 12, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mariani Cranberry Honeybar added Oct 7, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond added Oct 6, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Mojo Cranberry Almond added Oct 6, 2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Mojo Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt added Oct 6, 2014
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
ZonePerfect Fudge Graham Bar added Sep 24, 2014
TurboPUP Complete K9 Meal Bar added Jul 13, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nestle NIDO Dry Whole Milk added May 31, 2014
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
A3 White Lightning Marshmallow Bar added May 11, 2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Rhythm 108 Good-For-You Dessert Bars added Mar 11, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Epic Bar added Dec 30, 2013
$3
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Maker's Mark added Dec 26, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kind Nuts & Spices Bar added Aug 10, 2013
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Clif The Climber Cabernet Sauvignon added Jul 24, 2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Sierra Trail Mix Bar added Jul 14, 2013
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