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Liquid IV Hydration Multiplier

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

Hotshot Sports Shot

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Clif Nut Butter Filled Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

Larabar Cashew Cookie

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

Patagonia Provisions Apricot + Almond Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

Tailwind Rebuild

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

Kate's Tiki Bar

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Médique Medi-Lyte

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

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Liquid IV Hydration Multiplier reviewed Jun 2, 2019
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hotshot Sports Shot reviewed May 11, 2019
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Nut Butter Filled Bar reviewed Jan 28, 2019
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Larabar Cashew Cookie reviewed Oct 1, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Provisions Apricot + Almond Bar reviewed Sep 25, 2018
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Tailwind Rebuild reviewed Sep 22, 2018
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kate's Tiki Bar reviewed Sep 18, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Médique Medi-Lyte reviewed Aug 13, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bar reviewed Jun 9, 2018
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Larabar Apple Pie reviewed May 23, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Run Gum Energy Gum reviewed May 12, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Huma Chia Energy Gel reviewed Apr 19, 2018
$2 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Dharma Bars Endurance Bars reviewed Feb 13, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Clif Chocolate Brownie Bar reviewed Jan 17, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Clif Cool Mint Chocolate Bar reviewed Jan 11, 2018
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Clif Hot Chocolate Bar reviewed Oct 23, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Cusa Premium Instant Tea reviewed Oct 3, 2017
$10 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar reviewed May 2, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Whey Protein Bar reviewed Apr 11, 2017
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Redd Superfood Energy Bars reviewed Dec 8, 2016
$3
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger Snack Bar reviewed Oct 5, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Simple Squares Organic Nutrition Bar reviewed Oct 1, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
GoMacro Macrobar reviewed Sep 2, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Honey Stinger Organic Waffle reviewed Sep 2, 2016
$1 - $14
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
EnergyBits and RecoveryBits reviewed Aug 14, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Fizz Tube reviewed Jul 4, 2016
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem reviewed Jun 25, 2016
$3 - $30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bonk Breaker Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Bar reviewed Jun 21, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews reviewed Jun 20, 2016
$2 - $20
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Packit Gourmet Mango-Kale Jump-Start Smoothie reviewed Jun 18, 2016
$5 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon 500ml reviewed Jun 12, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Naked Granola Granola Cookies - Seattle reviewed May 3, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix reviewed Mar 5, 2016
$1 - $19
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ambronite reviewed Feb 24, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Skout Organic Cherry + Vanilla Trailbar reviewed Jan 22, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Alacer Emergen-C reviewed Dec 8, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Zipfizz reviewed Nov 30, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix reviewed Sep 13, 2015
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UnTapped Maple Packets reviewed Aug 28, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Clif Shot Bloks reviewed Aug 14, 2015
$2 - $25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Bolt Energy Chews reviewed Jul 18, 2015
$3 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Pat's Backcountry Beverages Brew Concentrate reviewed Jun 11, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Organic Energy Food reviewed Jun 6, 2015
$3 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Bear Naked Peanut Butter Energy Bar reviewed Jan 27, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Omnibar Energy Bar reviewed Jan 11, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Clif Chocolate Chip Bar reviewed Dec 9, 2014
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Clif Builder's Chocolate Mint Bar reviewed Nov 10, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Ally's Bar Original Sweet Potato reviewed Oct 18, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nuun Active Hydration Tablets reviewed Oct 16, 2014
$24
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Sierra Trail Mix Bar reviewed Oct 15, 2014
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