Rating: 4 / 5
When I first tried a Probar, I though I had finally found the "perfect trail bar" to challenge the venerable Bear Valley Pemmican Bar. It packs smaller, weighs slightly less, performs just as well, and tastes much better in a somewhat moister "brick"
When I opened the package, I thought briefly a birdfeed company had mistakenly packaged a block of suet in the wrapper. But being a typical hungry hiker, I tentatively tried the Berry flavored Probar, and found it was actually quite good, much better tasting than the Pemmican Bars I have always favored. Half a bar, and my hunger was extinguished for another few miles. I have since tried the original and bananna flavored Probars as well. The bananna may be my favorite, with the berry a close second.
This link shows a blow-by-blow comparison of Bear Valley vs. Probars.
As you can see, both are comparable in terms of overall weight, calories, carbs, and fiber. Bear Valley Pemmican clearly wins in terms of protein and postassium. Probars are the winner for fats and (in my experience) flavor. The noticeably higher sodium in BVP's may or may not be an issue for various hikers.
I would definitely give probars a 5, except for cost. At more than twice the price of Bear Valley's products, they still only get my 4. But they will definitely begin to augment my summer maildrops for those days when my stomach and taste buds can't handle another Pemmican Bar.