OK, I admit, was curious if this forum ever discussed this stuff. Only see a few tiny threads on it. So has anyone tried it on the trail? I've been on it for a few weeks now at home and I think it could be really appealing on the trail.
First: why would anyone skip real food? I'm a pretty healthy eating vegetarian (want chard & seitan recipes?) and while it sounded absurd when I first read about Soylent, once my (even healthier) wife encouraged me to buy some I realized how it helps me avoid some of the crappy food I eat during the day, and I don't love cooking enough to want to do that more. I only do 1-2 meals of it usually, but I've got a lot more fiber+protein than I was getting otherwise. (And I still usually blend greens for micronutrients.)
Second: What's Schmoylent? Soylent was always open source, so the DIY Soylent site has a bunch of soylent-ish recipes you can tweak to make yourself. Or you can buy them premade (without the Soylent wait list) on the Schmoylent site. I like the Ax Chow. 2100 cals/day, lots of protein, few carbs.
I'm spurred by reading how the one guy did the whole PCT with only cold dehydrated beans shaken in cold water every night. That got me thinking about this as an ultralight backpacking food. Maybe it could be great. Why?
1. No stove needed. No fuel needed. <-- pow!
2. Little packing waste. (ziplocs)
3. extremely dense yet easily packable meals. (powder)
4. with soylent DIY or Schmoylent, you can tweak to meet exactly your target cals.
5. tastes so much better than just dehydrated beans.
So if anyone gets to try it before I do, I'd love to hear a reportback.