REVISED APPLICATION to test LaraBars
- Test Application
October 31 is the day of tricks and treats (Halloween)
in the United States. The LaraBars look like a treat
to me. I would welcome the opportunity to test them.
I have read Chapter 5 of the BackpackGearTest Survival
Guide, version 1202, and I will follow all
requirements. Please accept my application.
I have provided the requested information, initialed,
signed, and mailed (both email and snail mail) my
Tester Agreement. However, there has been no
confirmation of its receipt.
Name: Ryan L. Christensen
Height: 6 2 (1.88 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Shoulder Girth: 56 (142 cm)
Hip Girth: 44 (112 cm)
Feet Girth: 33 (84 cm)
Email address: bigdawgryan@...
City, State, Country: Idaho Falls, ID, U.S.A
I began hiking, camping, backpacking at twelve, and
continued until 25. After a long hiatus due in part
to a bad back, I resumed hiking, camping, and biking
three years ago. Now, I have teen-age boys with whom
I share my love for these sports. The past three
years, we have hiked, or camped, nearly every month,
year-round. We vary our experience: desert, forest,
meadow, and mountain; in the spring, summer, fall, and
winter; be it sunshine, rain, wind, or snow. Together
we began backpacking this summer. I am not an
ultra-light packer; I carry a full array of gear.
Proposed Test Plan:
First, and foremost, food has to taste good. Second,
it has to provide the energy necessary to meet the
challenges of the day. Finally, it must not create
unexpected GI track problems. I am insulin resistant;
meaning my body does not efficiently use the insulin
that my body produces. Therefore, I eat like a
diabetic, low-carbohydrate foods accompanied by an
appropriate serving of protein: ideally 30 grams of
carbohydrates to 14 grams of protein. Unlike many of
you, GORP, and many of the energy bars just do not
work for my body chemistry and me. In addition to
nuts and energy bars I pack for energy between meals,
I also pack beef jerky to ensure I get the protein
needed to keep my insulin from spiking.
I am eager to try the LaraBars in all eight
flavorsseveral look especially appetizing. The
website lists them as having 20 grams of
carbohydrateshopefully they will also have at least 9
grams of protein. That should not be too difficult if
they are laden with nuts. I really like that fact
that they do not have added sugars or preservatives.
Another item that appeals to me is the fact that the
bars contain Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids.
If selected, I will test the LaraBars as mid-meal
snacks at work, and will also test them on a fall or
My testing will focus on the following:
1. How appealing is taste of each of the eight
2. Do any of the flavors leave an after-taste?
3. What is the feel, texture of the bars?
4. How filling are the bars?
5. Do they cause me any lower GI problems?
6. Does the wrapper seal the bar sufficiently so the
bars do not absorb moisture in the wet fall/winter
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Ryan L. Christensen
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