Remember the energy bars of yore? Or were those hunks of cardboard disguised as an edible square of outdoors-oriented food?
This article is an excerpt from Stephen Regenold’s story on VentureThere.com covering “Five Gear Innovations” from the past five years.
As a category, energy food — including bars, gels, “blocks,” and other on-the-go options — have become substantially more palatable in recent years. Not only are there now more choices, but most companies, including Clif, PowerBar, GU, Hammer, and others, all put out products that you do not have to force down.
- Clif Mojo bars: Granola-type bars that are more salty than sweet
- Clif SHOT Bloks: Gummy fruit-flavor bites
- Probars: Hefty, nutty, “whole food” bars
- GU and Hammer: New gel flavors, which make this category more edible than ever
I can now count on wanting to eat energy food in the outdoors. Calories are easier than ever to get down, and I can go longer and race, climb, or hike faster as a result.
Caveat: On multiday trips, I still rely mainly on “normal” food, including nuts, dry fruit, jerky, cookies, and old-school energy foods like Snickers bars.
“Five Gear Innovations”
- Innovation No. 1: “Merino Wool Base Layers”
- Innovation No. 2: “Hip pockets on Backpacks”
- Innovation No. 3: “Energy Food that Tastes Good”
- Innovation No. 4: “Single-Speed and Fixed-Gear Bikes”
- Innovation No. 5: “Barefoot-style Running Shoes”