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Virtual Pack Day Two Meals (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

Virtual Pack: Day Two Meals

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by Addie Morstad | 2008-01-25 21:55:00-07

This product feature was published in conjunction with the Virtual Pack Project from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008. Click here for more information about the ORWM 2008 Virtual Pack Project.

Virtual Pack Day Two Meals (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) - 1
AlpineAire Foods Leonardo da Fettuccini was a pretty tasty meal, and surprised me by being a vegetarian option. Full of sodium and carbs, it's a great way to restock after a long day. Also, the marmot probably turned Bob off meat for a while.


AlpineAire Foods: Blueberry Honey Granola
Weight (oz): 6.5 (enough for Bobina!)
MSRP: $4.65

Remainder of Raspberry Chocolate Bar


Clif Mojo: Dipped Peanut Butter & Jelly
Weight (oz): 1.7
MSRP: $1.25

Honey Stinger Energy Gel - Ginsting
Weight (oz): 1.4
MSRPS $1.39


AlpineAire Foods: Leonardo da Fettuccine
Weight (oz): 6.4 (enough for Bobina!)
MSRP: $6.03

Backpacker's Gourmet Dark Chocolate – Orange Chili
Weight (oz): 4.7
MSRP: $9.99

Clif Shot Recovery – Hot Chocolate
Weight (oz): 1.5
MSRP: $1.69


If you aren't into bars and energy gels, you'd go pretty hungry at this OR show - there just isn't much of a selection. That said, I was pleasantly surprised at the flavor in the AlpenAire Foods Leonardo da Fettuccini. Freeze-dried food can be really bland, really salty, or a weird combination of the two. This meal hit the right high notes while having enough in one pouch to serve two.

The lunch-time Clif Mojo was also tasty: sweet and salty, with enough crunch and heft to be filling. I topped it off with an energy gel because a man (Bob) can't live on granola alone.

To round out his day, Bob enjoyed the Orange Chili flavored dark chocolate from Backpacker's Gourmet. To take the edge off the heat (it's actually mildly spicy), Bob washed it all down with an apres-dinner hot chocolate, conveniently fortified with protein.


"Virtual Pack Day Two Meals (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)," by Addie Morstad. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2008-01-25 21:55:00-07.


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Richard Sullivan
(richard.s) - MLife

Locale: Supernatural BC
Marmot Helium vs. Montbell #1 on 01/28/2008 15:23:59 MST Print View

Wouldn't the Marmot Helium be a better choice at 7 oz less? Or the Helium EQ and save the weight of a bivy sack?

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Marmot Helium vs. Montbell #1 on 01/28/2008 18:25:16 MST Print View

Hi Richard-

The Marmot Helium or Helium EQ certainly would have made a fine choice for Bob's trip. As we plan for Bob to have a 4-season tent, the EQ version shouldn't be needed. As for the standard helium, Marmot apparently didn't have one on display at their booth for photos, so it didn't fit our only-gear-found-at-OR criteria.



Jeffrey Dunning
(boredomhero) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Cost revisited on 01/28/2008 21:00:30 MST Print View

OK, I'll bite. Even though I'm a summer camper I can manage to use my existing clothing and go for a winter camp trip with Bob. New sleeping bag, Pack, Probe,(I'll borrow a PIEPS from a friend!), plus that cool hat. The cost should be under $750..lets go!

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
(Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) OR Cascadia Gaiter on 01/29/2008 10:59:18 MST Print View

My wife and I have these and am very happy with them. They offer a lot of performance for their weight in full-on winter conditions with an abundance of snow!

bill keiser
(sharpstick) - F
Whiz Freedom = Whiz Easy on 02/01/2008 06:10:03 MST Print View

It looks like it is available now. They say they will ship from the UK, but it is pricy.
available from canada: $20 + $5

I'm going to show this to my wife. She's tried some similar products, but had a backup problem because of the small spout.

Bill Keiser

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Virtual Pack Complete on 02/03/2008 05:24:55 MST Print View

Hi All-

I just wanted to send out a quick note to let everyone know that the Virtual Pack is now complete.

Thank you for all of your comments and suggestions as we built Bob's kit.