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Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix

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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

Servings:
20
Calories:
80
Carbohydrates:
20 g
Sugars:
20 g
Ingredients:
sucrose, sodium citrate, glucose, potassium citrate, magnesium citrate, freeze dried lemons & limes, ascorbic acid
Recommended Use:
stayin' hydrated

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5 5

Tastes great, less filling

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've never had GI trouble with Gatorade or Powerade, but this stuff really does feel "less filling". I don't feel over sugared when I use it. It also tastes great. The Apples and Cinnamon are great hot on a long wintery road ride in an insulated water bottle. Much easier to get more fluids down in the cold when they are warm.

5 5

The best tasting hydration mix

If you've got questions about this hydration mix, other Skratch Labs products, or other hydration mixes, feel free to contact me.

I personally use this mix for a variety of sports. Longer ski tours, hikes, backpacking, or trail runs. Any time I'll be out for a longer period of time and I'll be perspiring a ton. I've been out on the trail with just water before and felt terrible after not having a mix like this. Since that experience I always have some of this on me.

Flavors:
I've got the Lemon-Lime, Orange and Raspberry packages and love all three flavors. I think these are some of the better tasting hydration mixes on the market. But keep in mind, flavor/taste will differ from person to person and day to day.

If you've got questions or want to chat about this mixor any other hydration mix before picking some up, feel free to reach out and I'd be happy to help out navigate the landscape of energy mixes/foods.

5 5

Trail Cider

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was intrigued by the Apple & Cinnamon Mix that's designed to be served hot - and it is PERFECT for backcountry skiing. Nothing like a warm drink filled with electrolytes to keep you going in the snow from sun-up to sun-down!

5 5

Truly tested

The best mix there is, I'm a professional dancer and use this to hydrate. It's all natural and with a lot less sugar

5 5

Fuel for the Path Less Traveled

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Favorite sports drink I've used. Mild flavor that tastes really good. Most drinks that claim to taste good don't, but I love this one. Tried the raspberry and orange flavors. Both are great. I find it has the right amount of electrolytes and carbohydrate.

Responded on

Definitely give the Matcha Lemon and Apple Cinnamon a try! They both sound a little odd, but these two flavors have become my go to.

Unanswered Question
Avg. ride time: 48m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

About how many bottles would you get from one bag (24 Oz Specialized Purist)?

5 5

Best tasting

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I left Hammer Heed for Skratch better tasting and worked better in every category .. But I'm still a fan of the H word .. I just love the taste of Skratch

5 5

The Best Choice for hydration

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For those unfamiliar with Skratch, it's like Gatorade except much, much better. I personally like the raspberry and pineapple flavors but they're all pretty good. Basically, Skratch is the only thing you should be drinking for hydration if you're not drinking pure water.

5 5

Go to hydration solution

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

From the taste to the performance, Skratch is a benchmark and king of the road. I used to suffer from consistent cramps due to lack of hydration, but since using Skratch starting several years ago, cramps are a thing of the past. If you haven't tried out Skratch, you are missing out.

Avg. ride time: 5h 56m per week
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5 5

The Best Drink Mix On The Market

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You can't beat this mix. No upset stomachs, not overly sweet and very easy to go down.

5 5

My Go To Hydration

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What can I say, that hasn't already been said?
Skratch is the best!
Taste good
Simple ingredients
Easy on my tummy
Love supporting a great company.

Avg. ride time: 5h 39m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
5 5

Great stuff

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great flavors, not too sweet, keeps you reaching for your bottle. When I am not drinking beer, this is my go too.

5 5

Best tasting drink mix EVER!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've seen Skratch Labs powder mix sitting on countless bike store shelves for awhile now. I had heard good things about the product so I decided to try one a few weeks back. All I can say is that I was blown away with the taste. Not too harsh, not too sweet and not too bitter. I honestly drink more during my rides now which is always a good thing when excercising. Highly recommended.

5 5

Tastes great

I'm used to some flat coke mixed with water in a bottle but this is much better. Tastes great without being too overwhelming flavor. I've used it racing for over a year and have not had any cramping or stomach issues. Lemon-Lime is my go-to flavor.

Avg. ride time: 19m per week
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5 5

Not to sweet, keeps me going.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Height: 5' 6"
    Weight: 135 lbs
    Size Purchased: 20 serving bag

I've used this hydration mix for about 6 months now and tried; raspberry, matcha with lemons, lemon and lime, and now I ordered pineapple. The flavors are all good tasting. My goal was to find a healthy hydration mix that tastes great with low sugar, and this hit the spot. With other powders I would have to cut back on the serving so I didn't get that sick sugar feeling and nasty spit in the middle of my ride. With Skratch mix I can use a full serving and it's not overpowering.

I have used this on rides and hikes. Tastes fine in hot conditions, keeps me from cramping, and I will still be using it throughout my training.

Avg. ride time: 1h 32m per week
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5 5

Simple is better

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used Skratch on hundreds of races/rides and the thing I love about it is that it's simple and does what its supposed to do.
By all accounts I could even make this at home, but nobody's got time for that, which why I also buy a bag every two weeks.
Also doesn't taste weird.

5 5

Keeps you feeling good all day!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my go to drink mix when I know I'm going to be out all day climbing or biking. Scratch provided coolers of this mix at a 24 hour climbing event I was at and I definitely think it helped me from crashing. The pineapple flavor is the best! I think it has the most flavor and is really refreshing.

Avg. ride time: 6m per week
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5 5

Magic elixir

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this stuff. Started drinking it on hot summer rides and pretty much addicted now. Not too sweet and just enough flavoring for a good taste. Working through the Matcha + Lemons and Raspberry is up next.

5 5

Long Day Drink

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

On big days climbing, hiking, or skiing I almost always add a little Skratch mix to my H2O. Definitely helps stave off muscular bonkage, for cardio-centric activities. I enjoy the Lemon-Line, but have buddies who like the pineapple.

5 5


Way better than the other sport drinks

I will never go back to those big name sports drinks! No sticky bottle, no overpowering flavor, and just the right amount of sweet. Have you ever accidentally left one of the other sport drinks in your bottle for a week? Your bottle is ruined! I have done that several times with Skratch and after a quick rinse, bottle is as good as new.