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Silence. That's all Dr. Allen Lim heard when he knew he had arrived at a solution. No longer were his Garmin riders complaining of the headaches and bloated stomachs that had plagued them for so long. Lim had spent countless hours mixing formulas in buckets to create not a product, but a solution that was informally dubbed Secret Drink Mix, or SDM. Why a secret? Because word had spread through the peloton that Lim had perfected a hydration solution that was effective and delicious, and it led to many pros pouring out the electrolyte-heavy, overly sweetened beverages provided by their sponsors and replacing it with Lim's contraband. Fortunately for us, the secret is out, and Lim is offering this pro-developed and battle-tested solution to the world. It's now called the Exercise Hydration Mix, from Lim's Boulder, Colorado-based Skratch Labs.

Unlike many 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 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, which ensures 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: 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. 

The Exercise Mix uses real lemons, limes, oranges, and raspberries, which are freeze-dried and pounded into powder. This creates a refreshing, super-clean flavor that's easy on your stomach without a lingering aftertaste that wears out its welcome halfway into your race. It means you're not just getting a 'flavor' of lemon or orange, you're getting actual lemons and oranges in the mix. This is one of the many fundamental breakthroughs behind the Skratch Labs drink mixes. Whether you're staying hydrated during a 24-hour endurance race, or re-hydrating after a grueling criterium, they simply taste great.

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, because you can drink a larger volume of it at a time without painful bloating. This is due in part to the drink's exceptionally low levels of acidity, and lack of chemically-enhanced flavors.

The Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix is available in Lemon Lime, Orange, or Raspberry. Each one-pound package should provide approximately twenty (23 grams dry), 500ml servings.

  • 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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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: 5h 7m per week
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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
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    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.

    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: 11h 35m per week
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        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 !!

        Matcha and Lemons on the daily!

          The day doesn't feel right if I don't start it with match and lemons! One of my absolute favorite mixes. My daughter and wife love the raspberry mix as well!

          We take this stuff everywhere and i have a jar of it at my desk!

          Matcha and Lemons on the daily!

          Beyond refreshing.

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          The Skratch Labs hype is real. So, so real.

          I'm not a big fan of sports drinks, and really dislike both the sticky-sweetness of most real-sugar drinks as well as the weird aftertaste of artificial sweeteners and fruit flavors in others.

          The lemon lime and matcha flavors are incredibly light, refreshing, and have just the right amount of subtle, natural sweetness. It's perfect for sipping on throughout long tours, hikes, and bike rides!

          It's the best!

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          It really is the best. Great taste without upsetting my stomach like some drinks have done. It does exactly what it's supposed to do without leaving a bad taste in your mouth.

          Tastes Great

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I like using this for longer rides. The lemon lime flavor tastes great. If you are looking for a drink mix to get you through your rides this is it.

          Best Hydration Mix

            These bags make it easy to load your water bottles up with hydration mix without a ton of garbage. I switched to Skratch about two years ago and haven't looked back. The stuff works and doesn't taste bad.