*This product was given in return for an honest review.
Food, Water, Shelter: The big three most people spout off when conversing about needs of survival. The WISE Company makes products with two of those needs in mind. For backpacking there exist a bittersweet trade-off in terms of quality vs weight. Food is needed, actual palatable good tasting food is preferred. I decided it was time to try out an MRE and see what I thought about it. Ramun noodles will just have to wait. I was given three survival packs of food from WISE to try out so here's what I think.
The Taste Factor:
That said I thought the foods were pretty decent. I definitely felt the proportion size was right on. There are 2 servings per pack but eating the entire pack felt right for me, remember I'm a 210 lb. guy... It was the perfect amount to re-charge and not feel sluggish on afterwards. If you're going to pack your own spice/flavorings you could touch up the taste a bit but I found them appealing for the most part, I'll rank them up below:
1 star- Lousy
3 stars- It was decent
5 stars- Spa for the tongue
What I'm looking for:
Prep Time and Ease
Nutrition wise (no pun intended), the packs are middle of the road. I like the amount of carbs in the hiking pack. Though I haven't tried them out the granola/oats breakfast packs are higher in the protein and carb department which is needed in a high energy morning meal. The meals with any meat included are high in protein and carbs, (not a bad thing on strenuous treks) but also contain alot of sodium (51% DV in chili-mac). I'm not a foodie but I tend to glance a little at labels and these are far from bad but not your necessarily the healthiest meal that could be made either. I'm not sure how you could make a meal have a 7 year shelf life and still appeal to all the facets of meal balancing so no scruff on the WISE company there. It's energy, it's survival, it's convenient for the outdoor adventure be it fly fishing the backcountry or trekking the Appalachian. A- rating in my opinion.
The Goods and Bads
Price of Meals
One cool product I found (They do more than just food) is the 2 week survival backpack. You get the food for a couple weeks journey as well as the pack to carry it. I'm the type that actually somewhat enjoys the planning and prepping for outings so maybe not for me but for someone who would rather pay and be done this may be of interest: