Some of the most interesting and unique meals we’ve ever eaten, Food for the Sole offers high-quality, good-tasting, dehydrated foods that have some of the highest calorie-per-volume ratio available in packaged meals. We like their commitment to using vegan, gluten-free, whole food ingredients. All meals work great for cold soaking, which is unusual in the packaged backpacking foods category!

This Staff Pick is a little sad for me. I struggle with appetite issues while backpacking. I find cooking in the backcountry to be an unwelcome chore. I was excited when I read Andrew Marshall’s review of Food for the Sole Triple Peanut Slaw because it contains many of my favorite ingredients and it hydrates without heat. I was thrilled to find the dish just as tasty as Andrew described it. I was pleased with how little time it takes to rehydrate. This dish contains an impressive 178 calories per ounce! Sign me up! For me, it’s a perfect backpacking meal. The sad part is that Food for the Sole has closed its doors. I have one unopened bulk pack of Triple Peanut Slaw that I look forward to enjoying next summer in a beautiful location. – Matthew King