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Ranking Camping And Backpacking Meal Brands
12. Peak Refuel
Peak Refuel offers five dehydrated breakfast meals, 13 entrées, and two desserts. Available as single pouches and bundles, mains are between $7 and $8 per serving.
Each pouch contains two servings, or roughly 18.4 grams of protein. Peak Refuel claims to have nearly double the amount of protein as other brands, but this may not be the case.
11. Trailtopia
Trailtopia's products are carried in more than 600 retailers across the country. Family-owned and operated, they create a variety of lightweight meals.
Trailtopia entrées contain just 9.6 grams of protein per serving — significantly less than other brands — and also come in vegan and gluten-free options.
10. Patagonia
Patagonia Provisions is a sustainably minded business that aims to highlight responsible fishing practices. Even its paperboard and can packaging is recyclable.
Its $8 seafood tins are packed in olive oil and come in singles and variety packs. On average, they contain 18.8 grams of protein per serving, but are a bit pricier.
9. AlpineAire Foods
AlpineAire Foods boasts a wide variety of dehydrated meals that include breakfasts, mains, and desserts. However, none are entirely plant-based.
The cost of main entrées is more affordable than most competitors at $8.95 to $14.95. On average, lunch and dinner meals contain 15.1 grams of protein per serving.
8. Wild Zora
Wild Zora offers more than two dozen freeze-dried backpacking meals including breakfasts, globally inspired entrées, and a variety of soups in single and bulk packs.
Many meals contain organic ingredients, grass-fed beef, and free-range chicken. The more substantial meals have about 18.9 grams of protein per serving and cost $7.99 to $13.99.