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Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix - 20 Pack


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  • Lemon-Lime, One Size ($35.00)
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If you're serious about hydration

Dr. Allen Lim solved one of the greatest complications that athletes experience during competition -- headaches and bloated stomachs. Lim perfected a formula with his Garmin riders that was informally dubbed Secret Drink Mix, or SDM. Word spread throughout the peloton of Lim's SDM, and now Lim's expertise is available here in 20 Pack servings as the Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix.

Unlike most sports drinks, which are formulated around electrolyte or caloric replenishment during physical exertion, the Exercise Mix focuses on keeping your body's sodium levels carefully regulated. Lim discovered that the rampant headaches plaguing his pro riders were not induced by a lack of fluids, but rather, a lack of sodium -- a very typical symptom of dehydration. Essentially, your kidneys regulate fluid retention based on the body's concentration of sodium. When sodium concentration is high, your body is forced to hold on to that fluid to dilute it. But when your sodium levels get too low (ie: through sweat loss), the opposite happens, and your kidneys must expel that fluid.

Lim's mix is designed to keep your body's sodium balance carefully regulated, maintaining hydration while also slowing diuresis. With diuresis slowed, you'll be able to pre-hydrate and drink more before a race without needing to make those three inopportune bathroom breaks right before your call-up. If these concepts around a sodium-based formula sound familiar, that's because they are -- Lim's drink mix contains nearly four times the amount of sodium in many convenience-store sports drinks, putting it on par with emergency-grade rehydration salt formulas like Pedialyte, and those used by the World Health Organization to combat severe dehydration.

The athletes that helped Lim develop the Exercise Mix weren't just complaining of headaches. They were also suffering from severe stomach bloating and flavor fatigue. The second half of Lim's solution was to ensure that his drink was easy and pleasurable to consume day in and day out. To accomplish this, every ingredient from the Exercise Mix is naturally occurring or naturally sourced from real fruit. This ensures that you're not putting anything in your body that's been chemically formulated or enhanced. In short, if it wasn't here on this Earth before you were, Dr. Lim and his team refused to use it.

The ingredients are as following: sucrose, glucose, sodium citrate, potassium citrate, calcium citrate, magnesium citrate, freeze dried fruit, citric acid (a natural preservation agent from pure lime juice), and ascorbic acid. Notice the pronounced absence of the 'natural flavors' found in so many other sports drinks. Part of what makes the Exercise Mix so uniquely palatable, even during prolonged periods of exercise and constant re-hydration, is the lack of a savoring agent. Generally, chemically-derived flavoring agents like those ominous 'natural flavors' tend to remain on your palate, causing flavor fatigue, and in larger doses, wreak havoc on your gut.

Lim and his team created two drink mixes, optimizing each for different levels of physical exertion. This Exercise Hydration Mix has a slightly higher salt content, making it Skratch Labs' on-bike mix, best used for periods when your heart rate is up and you're sweating. Because this mix has a supremely high absorption rate and is not a natural diuretic, it's excellent as a preventative measure against dehydration while you ride, when you stop at an aid station, or immediately after your workout or race. This is because you can drink a larger volume of it at a time without any painful bloating -- due in part to the drink's exceptionally low levels of acidity, and lack of chemically-enhanced flavors.

The Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix - 20 Pack is available in the flavors Lemon Lime, Orange, Pineapple, or Raspberry.

  • All natural ingredients
  • Regulates your body’s sodium levels
  • Refuels working muscles without upsetting your stomach

Tech Specs

[all flavors] 40
Servings Per Container:
Recommended Use:
endurance sport hydration

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This stuff works

    These little packs make it easy to take your Skratch Labs hydration mix on the go. I switched to Skratch about two years ago and haven't looked back. The stuff works and dosent taste bad.

    Avg. ride time: 1h 38m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Easiest to stomach

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    In my opinion Skratch is far superior to any other sports drink on the market. It definitely works its magic in the hottest of conditions and during the most strenuous workouts. I have all the flavors and Lemon Lime is my favorite. It's a super lite flavor addition to water and very easy to drink. It's pretty much the opposite flavor of any drink you would get at a gas station or grocery store.

    Do any Skratch products contain Stevia? I cannot STAN the stuff, and it seems to be allowed under the "all natural, no artificial sweeteners" term.

    Saved me more than once

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I love these. They are so much better than your average sports drink. I just wish the taste was a tad better, that being said, it's not too bad. I need to get brave and try some of the other flavors.

    Better than Gatorade

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Does the job without the sugar rush or hurting my stomach. When I go out for a big day or a long climb I typically preload my water bottle with one of these and stash a few in my bag for later. I've tried a few of the flavors and prefer the lemon lime.

    So Hydrating.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I purchased this excellent product right before a long camping/hiking trip and I could not be more pleased. I got the lemon and lime flavor, and while the flavor isn't overpowering, like gatorade or other artificial sugar laden alternatives, it tastes delicious and makes you want to drink and drink fast, delivering your body with good natural sugars and even some salts to help your cells rehydrate quicker. This stuff was awesome for hydrating for long day hikes, and rehydrating afterwards.

    Avg. ride time: 3m per week
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    Not sure I get the hype

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I think nutrition is a personal thing, but I really don't get all the hype about Skratch. I have followed Alan Lim since the beginning (Floyd Years) and his science is right on. The taste is amazing, but I just don't feel as good on Skratch as I do on cytomax. Giving 4 stars because the quality is good, but I just don't like it as much as some other things.

    Game changer (for me anyway)

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've struggled for years with stomach upset and cramps with every single sports drink ever, so have been on straight water for the last 10 years until reluctantly trying this one from a friend who had completely bought into the whole story. Turns out, it works for me, really well. Subtle flavor that doesn't make your mouth sticky, doesn't make my stomach sick and keeps me from bonking. Hard to say if I'm more hydrated, but that's probably due to all the coffee I drink otherwise. Most surprisingly for me is that I actually enjoy the taste of all of them that I've tried, I mean, it's really pretty good, not just acceptable, but actually good. Haven't bonked in 2 years, haven't had stomach issues, for me, about perfect!

    Not what I expected, but good

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I expected basically higher quality gatorade mix from these, but it's quite a bit different. First of all, when mixing the packet with the recommended dose of water, the orange flavor tastes about like water with a little bit of skim milk and orange flavoring. But VERY slight, almost unnoticeable flavor. It's pretty good. Sometime gatorade or other mixes can be overwhelming, this definitely isn't, it goes down easy and tastes just enough to be more appetizing than water and avoid those stomach aches that come when pounding plain water.

    It's hard to say how it works, it's basically just water with some electrolytes, but it left me satisfied and hydrated. Good product.

    Great Portability

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    It is cool to have it in a ready to go package for longer rides where more than two bottles are needed. Don't dilute the rasberry mixture; I think it tastes kind of gross when watered down. Lemon Lime is more forgiving.

    Avg. ride time: 1h 57m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Same Great Product, Just Simpler

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Just like the standard 1 lb bags of Skratch, these contain the same great product that is easy on the stomach and keeps you feeling fresh on the longest days in the saddle. I find these packets really nice for leaving in the car or when traveling to make quick work of concocting more magic potion. Sure it's a bit more expensive per serving, but it's nice to have around and makes a great compliment to a big package at home. You can't go wrong with any of the flavors. Lime and Raspberry are my go to's, and mixing them 50/50 makes for a secret mix that Dr. Lim claims is 50% faster than you.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are great little packets to carry with you on your ride. Like other Skratch products only the best ingredients are used,in just the right amount, making it gentle on the stomach. I'm a big fan!

    Great for long rides

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Skratch is very light and easy to hold down. These packets are great for long rides where you need a few bottles of drink mix.

    Easy to drink

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These have a great subtle flavor. Hard to say if these increase your performance but they did make me drink more water. Single serving sizes make it easy to through in your pack for those longer rides.

    Perfect for travel

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    these little packets are great for mixing on the go. they tear cleanly, and can easily be added to the tiny necks on bottled water.

    Note: After receiving my order the nutrition info seems to be double the listed values in the BC description. my packets list almost exactly twice the amount of each ingredient.

    Perfect for travel

    Whoever typed the nutrition "facts" in erroneously copied the information from the bulk bags with the scoops. Wherein 1/2 scoop is equal to 1 serving of 8oz. , vs. 1 tube equal to 1 serving of 16oz. prepared.