REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: Snack and drink well on the trail

UPDATE: This giveaway is closed. — Nothing is more refreshing than a mid-hike rest complete with rooibos iced tea from your thermos and some carrot sticks or honey-roasted-peanut-and-dried-cranberry trail mix. For many hikers, however, the dilemma is how to store your trail snacks so they stay fresh, easily accessible, and uncrushed in the hiking pack.


I tested the GoStak portable interlocking storage on two hikes, and I can say I won’t embark on a longer trek without it now.

The “GoStak 4-pak” is compact and comes with a handle at the top — a combination that earns it a 10 for design. I give it a 9.5 for value. But most importantly this storage system, that holds different volumes of 150 cc, 100 cc, 60 cc, and 40 cc, gets a 9 for durability (rarely do I give a 10 for durability unless gear holds up for a long period of abuse). It might look sleek, but these containers are made of a tough material called tritan. GoStak says the containers are stain and odor-resistant. It can be connected outside a pack using a carabiner (as shown above) or stowed snugly inside. Instead of using and throwing out plastic zip-lock baggies, these containers are reusable, and allow buying snacks in bulk and packing just the amount needed before hitting the trailhead.


The larger 150 cc container is perfect for carrots or dried banana slices or cut jerky, while the 100 cc container is perfect for your favorite trail mix, or “gorp” as some hikers like to call it. The smaller top containers could hold spices, coffee, or just some dried cranberries for a quick snack. The containers could also headphones or travel items for an in-town adventure.

The GoStak 4-pak retails at $12.99, but I found a 4-pack for as low as $12 on amazon.


GIVEAWAY: In addition to the GoStak, BlenderBottle LLC, also threw in one of their nifty 28 ounce BlenderBottles, that I will be giving away. The BlenderBottle is large enough to hold that cold iced tea! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite trail snack or drink is…


*The GoStak 4-pak and the BlenderBottle were received courtesy of BlenderBottle LLC, based in Pleasant Grove, Utah.


4 Comments so far

  1. sam on July 16th, 2013

    My favorite trail snack is goldfish and I love the lemon-lime gatorade!

  2. Rose Gomez on July 16th, 2013

    Cliff builder bar and Lemon water my favorito

  3. Joel Sturgill on July 17th, 2013

    Traditional “trail mix” and citrus infused water.

  4. Roger Real Drouin on July 19th, 2013

    Joel, Could you send me your mailing address to!

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