Thanks to the coronavirus crisis, sales of dehydrated meal have shot through the roof in recent months. A sizable number of non-backpackers have probably been introduced to them for the first time, but for those of us who hike, dehydrated food is a familiar culinary option on the trail.

So who makes the best? The brands below cover a bit of everything: from vegetarian to paleo options, REI bestsellers to smaller cult favorites. Vote now and see what the rest of your backpacking friends across the industry are saying.

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