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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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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.

    Avg. ride time: 11h 59m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    The BEST!

      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.

      Yummy and Simple

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This hydration mix is delicious without being heavy and packed full with sugar! I have tried a couple of the flavors and so far my favorite flavor is the raspberries. I always have this in my water bottle during hot yoga!

      As advertised, less sweet, less acidic

        There's not much to say about this stuff. It tastes good, has way less sweetness than gas station sports drinks, and seems to be lower in acid, which alleviates "sour" stomach feelings. Overall, I'm really happy with it and will use it again.

        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.

        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.

          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.

          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!

          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.

          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.

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          Avg. ride time: 6m per week
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          About how many bottles would you get from one bag (24 Oz Specialized Purist)?

          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

          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.

          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 28m per week
          • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

          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.

          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: 8h 12m per week
          • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

          Great stuff

          • 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.