Reviewed: 11 July 2008
THIS DEBATE/REVIEW ALWAYS MAKES ME LAUGH.
The British army rat pack (well the "24 hour one man GS boil in the bag operational type" we are reviewing here) Is basically three wayfarer meals (in different wrappers) and various other items such as chocolate, biscuits, tea coffee, beverage whitener, pate, chewing gum, hot chocolate, tissues, sweets oatmeal block etc. Now what makes me laugh, is that many hikers are happy to pay 3-3.50 for a wayfarer meal, and then say they are nice meals. BUT give them the same food (from the same manufacturer and with the same contents) in a silver MOD wrapper, and suddenly they are of inferior quality or heavy!!!
so STRENGTHS Good wholesome food, very long shelf life, no washing up, no need for a bowl or plate, plus you can use the water for tea/coffee
Yes there are only about 15 or so menu's, but then how many of us go away for 45 days or more (eating each one 3 times is hardly tough living)
don't believe the rubbish that is spoken saying these things bung you up...it nothing to do with these particular rations. Any diet of tinned food and no fruit for prolonged periods has exactly the same effect.
Also don't pay anywhere near the above price of £9.99, many shops will do them for £6-7.
Personally I only pay £1 per box, so I am getting wayfarer meals at less than 20p each
Plus the new style boiled sweets are individually wrapped, and thus can be kept loose in your pack rain or shine, so are always good for a quick sugar boost prior to some steep hill (a real treat when you often carry a 35kg pack, as I do!)