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Test series by David Wilkes


RXBAR  Protein Bars 
Chocolate Sea Salt

January 28, 2022

Tester Information

Name: David Wilkes
Age: 56
Location: Yakima Washington USA
Gender: M
Height: 5'11" (1.80 m)
Weight: 203 lb (92 kg)


I started backpacking in 1995 when I moved to Washington State. Since then, I have backpacked in all seasons and conditions. I am currently getting into condition to summit some of the higher peaks in Washington, Oregon, and California. I normally use a tarp/tent or hammock for shelter. My current base weight is around 17 lb (8 kg), not including consumables.

Product Information

Manufacturer: Chicago Bar Company LLC. dba RXBAR
Manufacturer’s Website:
MSRP: $25.99 US (12 bars)
Dimensions:Listed and Measured: 2" X 2.54" X 0.5" (5 cm X 6.35 cm X 1.27 cm)
 Weight: Measured:  1.85 oz (52 g) in package.

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Product Description:

RX Protein bars are energy and/or meal replacement bars made from just a few simple ingredients. To use their own words "Simple ingredients no BS" The wrapper of each bar lists the couple of ingredients (often only 3) and the words "no BS." The RXBAR line includes a number of different flavors, and while I have tried most, and like all of the ones I have tried, this review is on my favorite the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor. The cover of the package clearly displays the ingredients: 3 egg whites, 6 almonds, 4 cashews, and 2 dates.

Nutrition facts as listed on the package: Serving size 1 bar (52g), Calories 210, Total fat 9g, Cholesterol 0g, Sodium 260g, Total Carbohydrate 23g, Protein 12g


  • I have used and/or carried  RXBAR's on many day hikes/snowshoe trips (as lunch, a snack, or often just as a part of my 10 Essentials). I have used it on many multi day backpacking trips, mostly in the Central Cascade mountains of Washington, mainly for breakfast, and sometimes lunch or snack. I have used it for lunch at least a few times for Nordic skiing (Ski Patrol), forestalling the need to return to the yurt for lunch (staying out of the buildings was part of our 2020-21 season Covid protocols). I also carry these bars for travel and find them to be an excellent snack or meal replacement at home.

Nutrition factsI have tried many different energy, protein and meal replacement bars over the years. The RXBAR is the only one I really consider suitable as a meal replacement. I was introduced to RXBARS when I was trying out a low carb high protein diet. I immediately liked them and found them to be the only bar I have tried that I would truly consider a meal replacement. I immediately though about how well they would work for backpacking. After some trials, I found that one RXBAR was sufficient for me as a breakfast and for most trips kept me satisfied until lunch. For some more strenuous days I do sometimes the need to supplement it with a mid-morning snack. I have also used these as a lunch, but for reasons I still don't quite understand I prefer not to. I would note prior to switching to the RXBARS my breakfast of choice would be oatmeal (quick oats not the instant) or cream of wheat, with nuts, or fruit or sometimes brown sugar/cinnamon. Not only do I find the RXBAR to be more satisfying than those alternatives, since it requires no cooking it saves me time/effort in the morning. Or maybe more importantly allows me to dedicate my hot water to something absolutely essential: coffee.

Funny story: Many years ago I decided to pack nothing but one particular well-known brand of energy bar for a 4-day backpacking trip. While I survived, and had no real problems, I can not eat those bars to this day. While I have not tried this with the RXBAR, I think it would take more than 4 days for me to get sick of these. And a lot more before I simply could not eat them at all.

One of the things that I like about the RXBAR is its texture. It is dense enough to provide a very satisfying chew, but not so dense or sticky that it is difficult to chew or get out of my teeth. I would describe these as begin someplace between a brownie and taffee. Some of the bars have additional texture such as nut pieces, and the Chocolate Sea Salt actually has bits of rock salt, which I enjoy. I find it to be more satisfying if my food bar is something I can put some effort into chewing, but not crunchy or dry, and I am not a fan of the ones that are sticky/taffy like, causing me to spend a lot of time trying to get the remainders out of my teeth. In addition, while the bar will get hard when frozen, it's texture is not as temperature dependent as some other products making is suitable for 4 session use. I really dislike the ones that get really soft (some even almost liquid) if I carry them in a pocket during the summer, and those same ones are often as hard as rock when they get cold.

I have found at least a few main flavors of RXBARS available at many grocery and some convenience stores, and the price can carry significantly by location and over time. While I tend to prefer this flavor I sometimes find the variety pack (6 different flavors) can be a better bargain. Since I do like all the flavors in the variety pack this is a good option and helps keep me from getting tired of just eating the one flavor.

The varity pack contains the following flavors: Peanut Butter, Chocolate Sea Salt, Blueberry, Mixed Berry, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Coconut Chocolate



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