Food / Hydration

Energy bars, gels, protein, and electrolytes… the fuel for your body outdoors.

Bear Naked Trail Mixes

After a long hiatus from trail mix, I am back into the nutty/fruity energy-food concoctions. Specifically, Bear Naked Inc. of La Jolla, Calif., makes a mean trail mix with its Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trail blends. . . Read More...

September 19, 2008

Gear Review — PUR Purifier of Water

PUR markets its latest water-purification product as a "mini water treatment plant in a packet." Indeed, I turned a bucket of brown river water from nasty to clear by following the company's step-by-step chemical process. . . Read More...

August 22, 2008

Cache Lake Dehydrated Camping Food

For winter camping, summer canoe trips, car camping, or leisurely backpacking trips, quality dehydrated food can add hugely to the experience. For this review, I looked at NPO Foods' Cache Lake brand, "Camp food so good you'll want to eat it at home!" Or so the company says. . . Read More...

January 14, 2008

Good coffee in the Great Outdoors

Brewing up a good cup of coffee in the outdoors often requires a French press or a portable -- but always bulky -- camp-stove-compatible espresso maker. But Java Juice Inc., a Los Angeles brewer (www.javajuiceextract.com), distills the process to its utmost simplicity: Pour a packet of extract into a cup of hot or cold water, and drink. . . Read More...

October 31, 2007

Adventure Eating – High Energy Foods

In outdoor sports like trail running, mountain biking, adventure racing, and climbing, getting the right mix -- and the right amount -- of carbs, fats, proteins and nutrients can be literally tough to swallow. But your body cannot function without food. You need to eat -- and eat a lot -- to excel at any intense outdoors activity. This is my article on how to do it. Read More...

July 6, 2007

Probar Superfood Slam

There really is nothing like a brown-rice-syrup-acai-berry-shelled-hemp- seed-peanut-butter-rolled-rye-flax-seed- cashew-almond-evaporated-cane-liquified- alfalfa-wheat-grass-juice-rice-flour energy bar. Nothing. Nothing but the Probar Superfood Slam bar, that is. . . Read More...

June 7, 2007

Oat-O-Life Lunchtime Oatmeal

In the realm of oddball outdoors food, Command Foods' line of lunchtime oatmeals -- including Broccoli Cheese, Tangy Lemon Chick'n, and Vegetable -- takes some kind of cake. These "rolled baby oats"-based packages come ready to cook in one minute in the woods with a bit of hot water, and the taste is, well, unique. . . Read More...

June 1, 2007

DIY Energy Bars

Matisse & Jacks is a small San Francisco company that makes boxed mixes for bake-at-home energy bars, competing against the likes of Clif and PowerBar in a market saturated with energy-food solutions. So why would anyone want to spend the time baking an energy bar? Read More...

March 16, 2007

Margarita flavor Clif Shot Bloks

Among all the oddball energy-food products I've tested in the past year -- from organic health goo to a bar developed by the U.S. military -- Clif Bar & Co.'s new margarita-flavor gummy chews struck me as most absurd. Read More...

January 9, 2007

nuun hyrdation tablets review

Pop a pill in water, let it dissolve for a few seconds, and drink. nuun (all lowercase by request of the company!) contains an elemental mix of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium to provide what the company touts as an optimal balance of electrolytes for 16 ounces of water. The science behind electrolyte management is […] Read More...

December 14, 2006

Gel-Bot

The Gel-Bot is one of my favorite new products. It’s essentially a water bottle with an integrated gel-dispensing flask. A multi-position valve lets you suck water or gel from the same container. The bottle holds 24 ounces of water. A separate bottle inside the bottle holds 3.2 ounces of energy gel. With fuel and water […] Read More...

November 27, 2006

Original Energy Drinks/Java Juice, Yerba Mate

Two of the world's original energy drinks have been accompanying me on the adventure circuit as of late. Indeed, the proverbial quick picker-uppers of coffee and tea now reside next to the energy gels and electrolyte tablets that populate my pack. Read More...

October 10, 2006

nuun Hydration Tablets review

Pop a pill in your water bottle, let it dissolve for a few seconds, and drink. That's the simple concept behind nuun tablets, a unique new idea in the category of hydration and electrolyte-replacement products. Essentially a fast-dissolving pill, nuun tablets fizz and disappear like Alka-Seltzer when dropped in water, resulting in a mildly-flavored electrolyte drink to help athletes stay hydrated and cramp-free. Read More...

October 10, 2006
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