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Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix


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  • Matcha/Lemons "Caffeine", One Size ($19.50)
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  • Pineapple, One Size ($19.50)
  • Apples & Cinnamon, One Size ($19.50)
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Believe the hype.

Our comrades over at Competitive Cyclist dedicated nearly 1500 words to Skratch Labs’ Exercise Hydration Mix when it first launched. We’ll be a bit more brief —there’s simply nothing else out there that we like more than Skratch for hydration. It’s easy to get down, it doesn’t cause GI distress, and we feel like we can go a bit harder for a bit longer than we can with plain water or other mixes. Engineered by Allen Lim and tested on some of the world’s best cyclists, Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix promises to regulate your body’s electrolyte levels during exercise so that you stay more functional for a longer time. The bulk of this is accomplished via sodium, which Lim found to be the most important ingredient in fighting cramps, headaches, and power loss.

None of that would mean anything, though, if it weren’t easy on the stomach. Fortunately for us, the use of simple, real-food-type ingredients means that our bodies can digest it easily, and the absence of savoring agents (what you’ll see called "natural flavors” on other mixes) means that you won’t experience a weird, lingering aftertaste, just real fruit flavors that dissipate as you’d expect.

  • High sodium content
  • For exercise specifically, other products for daily hydration
  • Natural ingredients and flavors
  • No savoring agents

Tech Specs

20 g
20 g
sucrose, sodium citrate, glucose, potassium citrate, magnesium citrate, freeze dried lemons & limes, ascorbic acid
Recommended Use:
stayin' hydrated

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Great product

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just started using Scratch, and it has made a huge difference in both the distance and speed of my cycling. Highly recommend Scratch.

Avg. ride time: 1h 32m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Good for training, not so much for races

    I've been using Skratch Labs products for quite some time, and I dig their products. This year, while competing in the NY Triathlon Relay, Skratch couldn't quite hold up to the rigors. I cramped up majorly right before making it back to transition, and had to hop with my bike to the transition area. To it's defense, I still managed to race at 1.4 mph faster than last year. But, I can't say I feel confident that it will meet my demands in the future. But it's great during training.

    Keeps me going, easy on the stomach!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great taste, not too sweet, easy on the stomach, great on the bike fuel. I struggle with IBS issues so I've tried all sorts of nutrition drinks for cycling and Skratch is currently my go to. The Matcha Tea is my favorite but I would drink any flavor.

    Pretty good stuff

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Used on 40+ mike rides during summer, and it seems to have done a better job at keeping me hydrated than water alone (which I used exclusively in the past). So, I don't have much to compare, but I got the orange flavor and it tastes good, cold or warm, and does its job as promised to keep you hydrated during hot and humid weather.

    This stuff rocks

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I personally use all things Skratch for my hydration needs. If a review from every single employee does not convince you to purchase this product here is a review from a client of mine on his first experience with Skratch:

    Review on Skratch Labs - Exercise Hydration Mix with matcha green tea + lemons:

    The packaging is just like the photo shows, unlike another review stating it comes in a different size. Powder comes with a scoop inside for proper dosage, and has a light green color. Product mixes really quickly and adds green color to the water. The taste is very subtle, enough to give you good taste, did I say tastes good? It does have a nice taste. Other sports drinks have strong sugary taste, this is naturally flavored. Other rehydration liquids like Pedialyte are on the salty taste, some people are not used to this so Skratch Labs is on the good side.
    Energy Facts: Matcha green tea caffeine is better than coffee, it has no spikes and scratches, instead it is smoothly regulated due to its phytonutrients slowing your body's absorption of caffeine, better skin, better breath, and more nutrients than coffee. It has 8mg of caffeine per serving, normally a cup of coffee has 95mg of caffeine.

    Powder was mixed in 16 oz of water and it quickly dissolved.
    This review is based on one hour of high performance tennis training.
    Intake started few minutes after practice when sweating began until empty. Energy felt stable but with a kick from the caffeine giving a feeling of alertness which comes handy in sports.

    Running Review
    Ran for a mile uphill, had some sips during the run but finished the 16oz bottle afterwards, I felt hydrated and didn't go looking around for the water fountain after an hour workout.
    This is a hydration mix I will continue to test at least until I finish the package.

    This review is only for the Matcha Green Tea that has 8mg Caffeine, other flavors might not have the same effects.

    Thanks Backcountry for having this product available and introducing it to me when I had no idea what the product was when I saw it, grabbed it as an extra item to my order and I might repeat!

    Matcha and Lemon Please

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Best hydration drink on the market! I meant to buy the lime mix, but hit the match and lemon by accident. It was an amazing accident, perfect flavor for a day of adventures.

    My Staple

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have, and continue to use everything under the sun as far as nutritional products go; but Skratch has been my go-to electrolyte and lighter calorie exercise hydration drink mix since it was released.

    The flavor is light enough to drink at any temperature, but has enough energy and electrolytes to sustain you for up to 2 hours on the bike without much else in the way of nutrition.

    Easy to say, any time I am riding for 2 hours or under, my bike is always outfitted with 2 bottles of Skratch Exercise!

    My favorite flavors are the Matcha/Lemon and Raspberry; I always have several bags of each on hand at all times.

    Avg. ride time: 4h 22m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    deceptive packaging - be careful!

      I ordered two varieties - orange and matcha+lemons to try out as Osmo seems to be out of business now. What I got was matcha green tea and lemons. My package was completely different from the picture on this website. Disappointed in skatch labs and whomever wrote up the ad.

      deceptive packaging - be careful!
      Avg. ride time: 12h 24m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      It's the Best!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Skratch Labs is simply the best exercise hydration mix ever. My favorite flavor is Pineapple, but they're all quite delicious and great on or off the bike.

      Avg. ride time: 18m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Does its job

        Tried some of the pineapple flavor. It doesn't taste like crap, which is nice, and it helps me stay hydrated on rides.

        Make the Switch

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I used to use other hydration/ride fuel products before switching to Skratch, and in hindsight I realize that I was dealing with upset stomach on occasion. More importantly though, I found myself having to drink more water with the other products, which may speak to the better hydration that this stuff provides. In any event, I find that the flavor is the part I love the most. My favorites are pineapple and raspberry, which are more subtle flavors than those found in other products, but they don't taste like garbage when they heat up in your bottle and are just plain easier on the stomach. Probably has something to do with the more natural ingredients as well if I had to guess.

        How often can I take it ?. I usually hike about 15 miles every time (7 hours)


        Usage will depend on a few variables. I've shot you an email and we can chat about Skratch products. I use these and the fruit drops for all my mtn biking, climbing, hiking, etc.

        I love this stuff

          This stuff is great. I go with the lemon/lime flavor and following the recommended ratio, it does not have an overpowering flavor. It also makes a great "skratch-a-rita" with a little tequila on backpacking trips.

          Best hydration product, period

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I have been a regular (3-4 times a week) user of this product for cycling (Road, CX, Mt.) and will use nothing else. It gives your body what it needs to stay hydrated during exercise, naturally. When you first try it, you may think it is not sweet enough compared to other products but that is by design, if it has a ton of sugar, your body cannot digest it properly. Long rides require you to eat your calories, you should not be drinking them.

          Great mix

            This is a great drink mix. Not a heavy flavor but you control the intensity of the flavor by how much you add. The flavors are very good . The Apple Cinnamon is strange when cold but awesome when the bottle warms - even in the warmer temps.

            Avg. ride time: 10h 59m per week
            • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

            I drink this easily and often.

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I often ride in the heat but would still never drink enough until I started using Skratch hydration mix. This stuff really hits the spot in any weather. I take a drink and always take a second now. Never tastes sweet. I'm a huge fan.

            I love this stuff !

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            This is by far the best drink mix I've ever used. I don't like overly sweet / sticky drinks. I also tend to not drink enough plain water. This mix is subtle, not really sweet ( more " flavorful " ) and get me t drink more. I love it ! Especially the orange !!