|Rating:||8.5 / 10|
|Value for Money||2.1 / 2.5|
|Taste||2.0 / 2.5|
|Convenience||2.2 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.2 / 2.5|
Many hikers only tend to focus on that regular energy that carbohydrates, and particularly sugars, give us to get through a day without hitting that wall (bonking). We don’t often think about the protein boost we need. For short hikes protein isn’t a major consideration but for long distance hikers doing big distances over multiple days, replacing protein is a major issue given it allows our bodies to repair hard done-by muscles.
If you are into long distance hiking then you fall into the category of endurance athletes and the recommendation is to consume approximately 1.2-1.4 grams of protein per kilogram of your body weight per day. In my case as a male sitting at around the 100 kg mark that means I need to consume around 120-140 grams of protein which can be a hard thing to do during a hike. I have a number of strategies for protein replacement but products like Cliff Builders Bars are a great option providing not only 20 grams of protein but also carbohydrates.
These bars weigh 68 grams which sits within the average for hiking bars. There are three flavours to choose from; Chocolate, Chocolate Mint and Chocolate Peanut Butter. In all honesty, with the exception of the mint variety the other two flavours are hard to tell apart. I like all three and there is enough difference to take all three on a hike unless you have a particular aversion to a particular flavour.
On longer hikes, secondary considerations such as texture becomes important. Texture-wise the Cliff Builders Bars remind me of the Chockito chocolate bars which has a drier, crunchier texture. I wouldn’t want to eat just this bar on a hike but I will add it to the mix to ensure that I don’t get bored with my food which is a real consideration on longer hikes.
Cost-wise these bars aren’t cheap coming in at AUD $5.99 RRP but in trying to replace protein at the end of a long day these these bars are a great option and one that will come into my liking meal rotation for all my hikes but particularly for longer hikes.
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AUD $5.99 RRP
Clif Builders Bars, three options to choose from
Clif Builders Bars out of the packet showing inside of the Chocolate Peanut Butter bar
Nutritional information for Clif Builders Bars
This review was done with product purchased by Australian Hiker