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  • Mainstay vs Datrex

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    168 of 320 people found this review helpful

    ***Posting this review on both bars***

    I bought both a Mainstay and a Datrex 2400 calorie bar to try out the flavor of each to determine which one I would end up wanting to use in my ditch kits. From some other reviews I thought they might both be the same, they're not. Here's a short review.

    Datrex bars are broken up in to 12 individually sealed 200 calorie cakes. They have a taste not unlike stale graham crackers. They can be somewhat crumbly, though. I grabbed a few while at a convention and they broke in my pocket. They were still edible, but were falling apart.

    Mainstay bars are one big bar sectioned into six 400 calorie blocks. They're thicker than the Datrex cakes. These have a slight lemon sugar cookie taste, but its very mild. They're less crumbly than the Datrex bars, however, you CANNOT reseal the package once its open. (Unless I'm retarded and missed something.)

    In the end, I think Datrex bars are better for ditch kits, car kits, or anywhere you might have multiple people around. They're very easy to divide up. Mainstay bars seem less prone to falling apart and making a mess, so would probably do well in shelter in place kits. The taste of both is pleasant (to me) so you'll probably just have to find your preference there. I'll probably end up getting both for variety.

    On a side note: It may just isolated to my insane cat, but both bars seem to drive her mad. She was trying very hard to get to them when I tried them.

    2/23/11

    ethanwolfe

  • A MUST HAVE!!!

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    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

    I ordered this product to keep in my bug out bag, for myself and my family. Price is great, and its purpose also. This item will not weigh you down like canned foods.

    5/24/12

    Gloria

  • Good

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    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

    If rationed it could be for 2 days, otherwise it's one day for someone who is burning a lot of energy. About the same price as if you bought energy bars.

    6/17/12

    Daniele

  • great for boating and in your car

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

    These are good to store on a boat incase you get stranded and are also great to keep in the trunk of your car for the same reason. They keep for 5 years and you really dont have to do anything to them. I keep them in my car, boat and in the house just incase of emergency. Think about it, if you get stranded in your car for lets say 1 day, chances are you dont have any food in your car. These you can put in your trunk and forget their there until you need them. Driving through mountains in the winter, you can get stuck for hours or days and its nice to know I have these incase it happens. Buy the water pouches as well for the same purpose.

    11/16/12

    Brian

  • good

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    Good to have in a survival kit or just to keep on hand for camping/hiking/boating.

    8/15/13

    Ashley

  • Get some for your back pack

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    I ordered these for ease of carrying in a back pack (bug out bag and hiking/camping). It is the easiest way to get the nutrition you need without having to stop and cook. I have found that when active, 2000 calories per day just isn't enough. That is why I prefer the 3600 calorie pack.

    2/1/14

    John

  • Great for 72 hour kits in the car.

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    23 of 44 people found this review helpful

    I was told that no matter what these will keep you alive! They are packed full of calories and taste kind of like short bread. We get them to keep in our cars in case of an emergency since they can withstand cold/ hot temps and last like 5 years.

    2/27/12

    Annelise

  • Survival Food Only

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    212 of 418 people found this review helpful

    I think I could eat these for only about 3 days and then I would need some real food. But it tastes like a not so sweet cookie or something. I put them in our survival kits along with candy bars. I think my kids will eat the candy bars first, but if they got hungry enough probably this too!

    9/23/10

    CC

  • It's different

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    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

    In case of emergency I'll be happy to have these around. And they WILL BE around because this is something I wouldn't want to regularly eat. It tastes fine, and I like the way it's packaged in the smaller servings, but I could only eat 2 little squares at a time. And I definitely had to have something nearby to drink while eating.

    8/22/12

    CG

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Datrex 2400 Calorie Food Bar

QUICK FACTS | All Features & Specs

Packaging: Vacuum Packed
Brand: Datrex
Shelf Life: 5-Years
Total Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 0 min
Temperature Range: 20-130°F
Dimensions (LxWxH): 2.5" x 4" x 2.75"
Food Type: Calorie Bar

Price: $5.49

   

 

Benefits & Description

5 Year Shelf Life | 2-3 Day Food Supply | Non-Thirst Provoking

Feel secure and prepared
Tabletized and individually wrapped in 200-calorie portions for ease of rationing. Built to withstand tough conditions
These packs are durable and compact, making it easy to toss them in a bag or on the go. Make emergency preparedness convenient
A 5-year shelf life means less worry about having supplies when you need it to help you through a difficulty. All natural, healthy food in an emergency
Datrex is recommended by the US Coast Guard and these bars contain all natural ingredients and no preservatives. Datrex food bars provide essential energy and nutrition in emergency situations and are an excellent addition to any emergency preparedness supply. These survival food bars taste great and have enough energy to sustain an individual for up to three days. These individually packaged and tabletized rations will last 5 years and are great in 72-hour kits, for your home, vehicle or office.

In addition to this, emergency officials recognize the need for food storage. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) recommends that each person in your household should have at least three days' worth of non-perishable food stored in case of emergency.

What's In-the-Box?

Food (1 Package | 12 Portions | 2400 Calories):
(1) 2400-Calorie Food Bar  

Features & Functions

SKU: EB0028
Shipping Weight (lbs): 1.0500
Preservation Method: No
Net Weight of Contents: 504g (17.7 oz)
Brand: Datrex
Packaging: Vacuum Packed
Total Servings: 12
Total Calories: 2400
Estimated Shelf Life: 1-5 Years
Dimensions (LxWxH): 2.5" x 4" x 2.75"
Allergen and Specialty: Vegetarian, Lactose Free, Pork Free, Shellfish Free, Soy Free
Food Type: Calorie Bar
Storage Requirements: To achieve maximum shelf life, store in an environment with a temperature of 60°F or lower and humidity of 10% or less. Shelf life statements are based on manufacturer claims, industry standards, and relevant studies from reliable sources. The Ready Store disclaims any liability or warranty as actual shelf life results may vary depending on individual storage conditions.
Serving Size: 1 Bar (Approx. 42g)

Nutrition & Ingredients

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Bar (Approx. 42g)
Servings Per Container About 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat    9g
%
Saturated Fat    2g
21%
Trans Fat    9g
Cholesterol    mg
%
Sodium    <1gmg
18%
Total Carbohydrate    27g
67%
Dietary Fiber    g
%
Sugars    g
Protein    3g
6%
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
%
Iron
%
Trans Fat
24%
Thiamin
8%
Niacin
4%
Riboflavin
5%
*Percent Daily Valus are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
INGREDIENTS: Wheat flour, vegetable shortening, cane sugar, water, coconut, and salt
 
 

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Datrex 2400 Calorie Food Bar
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Price for Both Items Together:
$40.20

 

  • Mainstay vs Datrex

    • Price
    • Value
    • Quality
    168 of 320 people found this review helpful

    ***Posting this review on both bars***

    I bought both a Mainstay and a Datrex 2400 calorie bar to try out the flavor of each to determine which one I would end up wanting to use in my ditch kits. From some other reviews I thought they might both be the same, they're not. Here's a short review.

    Datrex bars are broken up in to 12 individually sealed 200 calorie cakes. They have a taste not unlike stale graham crackers. They can be somewhat crumbly, though. I grabbed a few while at a convention and they broke in my pocket. They were still edible, but were falling apart.

    Mainstay bars are one big bar sectioned into six 400 calorie blocks. They're thicker than the Datrex cakes. These have a slight lemon sugar cookie taste, but its very mild. They're less crumbly than the Datrex bars, however, you CANNOT reseal the package once its open. (Unless I'm retarded and missed something.)

    In the end, I think Datrex bars are better for ditch kits, car kits, or anywhere you might have multiple people around. They're very easy to divide up. Mainstay bars seem less prone to falling apart and making a mess, so would probably do well in shelter in place kits. The taste of both is pleasant (to me) so you'll probably just have to find your preference there. I'll probably end up getting both for variety.

    On a side note: It may just isolated to my insane cat, but both bars seem to drive her mad. She was trying very hard to get to them when I tried them.

    2/23/11

    ethanwolfe

  • A MUST HAVE!!!

    • Price
    • Value
    • Quality
    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

    I ordered this product to keep in my bug out bag, for myself and my family. Price is great, and its purpose also. This item will not weigh you down like canned foods.

    5/24/12

    Gloria

  • Good

    • Quality
    • Price
    • Value
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

    If rationed it could be for 2 days, otherwise it's one day for someone who is burning a lot of energy. About the same price as if you bought energy bars.

    6/17/12

    Daniele

  • great for boating and in your car

    • Value
    • Quality
    • Price
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

    These are good to store on a boat incase you get stranded and are also great to keep in the trunk of your car for the same reason. They keep for 5 years and you really dont have to do anything to them. I keep them in my car, boat and in the house just incase of emergency. Think about it, if you get stranded in your car for lets say 1 day, chances are you dont have any food in your car. These you can put in your trunk and forget their there until you need them. Driving through mountains in the winter, you can get stuck for hours or days and its nice to know I have these incase it happens. Buy the water pouches as well for the same purpose.

    11/16/12

    Brian

  • good

    • Price
    • Value
    • Quality

    Good to have in a survival kit or just to keep on hand for camping/hiking/boating.

    8/15/13

    Ashley

  • Get some for your back pack

    • Quality
    • Price
    • Value

    I ordered these for ease of carrying in a back pack (bug out bag and hiking/camping). It is the easiest way to get the nutrition you need without having to stop and cook. I have found that when active, 2000 calories per day just isn't enough. That is why I prefer the 3600 calorie pack.

    2/1/14

    John

  • Great for 72 hour kits in the car.

    • Value
    • Quality
    • Price
    23 of 44 people found this review helpful

    I was told that no matter what these will keep you alive! They are packed full of calories and taste kind of like short bread. We get them to keep in our cars in case of an emergency since they can withstand cold/ hot temps and last like 5 years.

    2/27/12

    Annelise

  • Survival Food Only

    • Price
    • Value
    • Quality
    212 of 418 people found this review helpful

    I think I could eat these for only about 3 days and then I would need some real food. But it tastes like a not so sweet cookie or something. I put them in our survival kits along with candy bars. I think my kids will eat the candy bars first, but if they got hungry enough probably this too!

    9/23/10

    CC

  • It's different

    • Value
    • Quality
    • Price
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

    In case of emergency I'll be happy to have these around. And they WILL BE around because this is something I wouldn't want to regularly eat. It tastes fine, and I like the way it's packaged in the smaller servings, but I could only eat 2 little squares at a time. And I definitely had to have something nearby to drink while eating.

    8/22/12

    CG