Cooking method:


Average cook time:

10 minutes

Calories per ounce:


What we like:

Packed with calories and protein.

What we don’t:

Dishes are noodle-heavy and only come in two-serving pouches.

Peak Refuel might be relatively new to the world of backpacking however they’ve hit the ground running with their highly-powerful menu of meals to fuel your next trip. Their meals pack a powerful impact with the average of 150 calories per ounce, with one of the best levels of protein of any of the options that we’ve reviewed (about 22.5 grams for each serving). Like Mountain House below, Peak Refuel’s meals are freeze-dried and are able to rehydrate in less than 10 minutes, and contain less water than pouches dehydrated meals. If you’re in search of a quick and quick method to replenish your energy after a long hike, Peak Refuel is a excellent option.

However, there are some disadvantages with such a high-powered and calorie-packed selection. In contrast to companies such as Good To-Go and Heather’s Choice above, which are known for their creative and high-quality ingredient lists, Peak Refuel’s menus are conventional and heavy on noodles. Additionally, we’ve observed that the two-service sizes aren’t the best for solo hikes. With close to 1,000 calories per bag most hikers will find themselves sharing or saving some to have later (which could be a hassle). However, this means that you can eat dinner for two at just $3, making it much more affordable than many of the options on this list.

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