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#91469 - 02/28/08 09:20 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
demo Offline
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Big Sur bars. Hands down, 100%, nothing else comes close. But beware, the pack a wallop -- 339 calories a serving, 2 servings a bar! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />

The great thing about them is that they can be frozen, so buy several at a time when you find them on sale! Just thaw them out before your next trip.
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#91470 - 03/06/08 07:48 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Another vote for Pro Bars.

I use them for meals when I'm doing the intercontinental flight thing, and they are my preferred energy bar for hiking and climbing. I think they taste great, except for the Cran Lemon Twister which is too tart for me, and they don't screw with my plumbing the way Clif bars tend to these days...

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#91471 - 03/06/08 11:48 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: jshannon]
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Sloth say : "Babyyyyyyyyyy Ruthhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!" <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#91472 - 03/07/08 09:13 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: demo]
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Posts: 493
Loc: Lynchburg, VA
I was wondering when someone was going to mention these. I ordered some one time based on reading about them over at BPL. They are really good, and they are huge. Kinda like a small brick. You could actually probably eat one for lunch and get full.

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#91473 - 03/11/08 08:15 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Berserker]
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Registered: 10/03/03
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Thanks. I just tried a Pro Bar last night. Mothers Market in So Cal carries them. Very tasty. I will definitely put some in my pack on my next trip.

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#91474 - 03/11/08 08:58 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Registered: 07/24/07
Posts: 109
Loc: WA, auburn
Usually I just buy some type of crunchy granola bar from albertsons. Crunchy is a must in winter because chewy bars freeze and also crunchy is very to eat (doesn't require much chewing).

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#91475 - 03/12/08 05:11 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Are you guys paying 3.29 for one of those Superfood Bars?
I think I would have to make my own at that price.

I eat Clif Bars and Snickers. For some reason the combination of a a Clif Bar and a bite sized Snickers seems to work very good for me as a snack. I started doing this to get rid of halloween snickers that were left over and after the snickers were gone I went back to the old Clif by itself. But I noticed that it just did not seem to have the same 'punch for lunch'. Not sure why this combo and my metabolism seem to function so well toghether.

Snickers. Right on.

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#91476 - 03/14/08 04:06 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: hootyhoo]
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What Hooty Hoo said.

Cliff Bars are my 1st choice but nibbling on a Snickers trail bar while eating a Cliff Bar is very delicious...if one can use that word in the same breath as energy bars.

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#91477 - 03/14/08 05:19 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: 300winmag]
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I vote for snickers for quick energy. Some people consider sugar "the white death", but what a way to go. BTW add some granola and dark chocolat for balance. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
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#91478 - 03/14/08 11:10 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: movingmountain]
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Pro Bars are good as well, but I was talking about Big Sur bars. Better, if you ask me.
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#91479 - 03/15/08 01:27 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: 300winmag]
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Of course you can use the word snickers and energy bar in the same sentence!

See my commentary on my picture here:

http://bofh.cns.ualberta.ca/beck/pictures/turbine2007/p9150015.html

I also find myself mixing mars/snickers with clif bars for a bit of variety yet cheaper than all clif bars <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
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#91480 - 03/15/08 06:43 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: oldranger]
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Registered: 08/28/06
Posts: 162
Loc: Atlanta, GA, USA
The main downside of energy bars is that they are so darn expensive...$2+ each for about 3 oz or so....just crazy but I keep paying it.


Edited by tchiker (03/15/08 06:43 PM)

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#91481 - 03/15/08 07:59 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: tchiker]
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Loc: California (southern)
I get mine at Trader Joe's - 99c for the standard Cliff bar. A lot of people recommend fig newtons as a cheaper equivalent to an energy bar - just not as durable. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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#91482 - 03/18/08 08:42 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: oldranger]
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Registered: 10/03/03
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My compulsive nature took over and I tried a Big Sur bar. Very good, big, tasty, more like a dessert, it is that good. The bar is 5 oz. 660 calories and very filling. If you live in So Cal, Mothers Market carries the Big Sur and the Pro Bar.

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#91483 - 03/20/08 04:58 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: movingmountain]
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Registered: 10/27/03
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Fig Newtons are good, though I wish they would lose the crappy ingredients.

I love the Gingerbread flavor Clif bars, but they are only available around the holidays.
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#91484 - 03/20/08 07:49 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: jasonlivy]
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I also vote with Jason for the Lara Bar, again with the Cherry one the most addicting. When you buy them in bulk at Costco, you get stuck with the other two flavors that aren't nearly as good -- make sure your trailmate gets those. On my last trip to Costco I couldn't find Lara Bars, and they had something called a Trio -- a vegan bar that looked like a Lara -- in its place.
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#91485 - 03/21/08 04:56 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Thanks everyone for their replies. I think a majority of everyone like the cliff bars.

Had to admit that I love that peanut flavor cliff bar and its about $1 for each one.
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#91486 - 08/14/08 02:58 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Another to add to the list:
I’ve been trying a new bar (Chocolate peanut butter and the fudge graham) http://zoneperfect.com/products_bars.aspx for the past 4 months. Some nutri info here: http://zoneperfect.com/products_bar_peanut_butter.aspx

They come to about 70¢ each in bulk at Sam’s club.

They are so good. They taste like a nice good soft candy bar but with all the fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals loaded. I did not get sick of them on multiday trips. I could easily eat 2 bars for a snack/meal.

They do melt a bit more than my marathon snicker bars but this was not a problem as I just licked the wrapper clean.

Fyi…
-Barry

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#91487 - 08/14/08 05:47 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: BarryP]
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"They do melt a bit more than my marathon snicker bars but this was not a problem as I just licked the wrapper clean."

A man on the same thought train.

# 1 NEVER waste chocolate.

# 2 It took plenty of energy to drag my food and sorry self to wherever. Don't waste a bit of it!
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#91488 - 09/02/08 02:15 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Bear Valley bars are my favorite, about $1.10 ea. when you buy a bx. of 12.

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#91489 - 09/02/08 08:00 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Do any of the 'energy' bars provide an energy boost? The ones I've checked out didn't seem very calorie dense although some were more balanced than a candy bar. Do any of them beat the calorie content of, e.g., mixed nuts (~160-170c/oz)?

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#91490 - 09/02/08 08:06 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Fiddleback]
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IMO, most of 'em do because they contain some sugar and carbs. sugar gets into you the fastest, so if you want an energy boost quick, that's what you want. Nuts and sausage have a higher calorie content per unit weight because they contain lots of fat - in the context of
having energy this isn't a bad thing - but while the fat in these will eventually give you energy, it won't do it as quickly as a good old fashioned sugar rush. Hence my reason for carrying high sugar
energy bar snacks (Hey, a mars bar even says "energy bar" on it <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> along with nuts and sausage and dried fruit. I find I do well with small snackings on those nuts and the like with the occasional sugar
boost of a candy bar.
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