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Skratch Labs Hyper Hydration Drink Mix

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Salt - the great hydrator.

For several years Skratch Labs has been secretly working with a select group of elite athletes to develop a drink mix that was never meant to be sold to the public. Why? Well, for the rare athlete who competes in extreme conditions, where the body is unable to replace all the fluids lost, high levels of sodium are needed to help the body retain water. But, it's not a formula that the general public should be ingesting for daily exercise or to hydrate during their local turkey trot. But, with ultra-races seeing an ever-increasing gain in popularity, Skratch has finally added its Hyper Hydration Mix to its product line.

To understand why the mix contains 1700mg of sodium per serving, as much as an entire bag of potato chips, you should understand that the body is almost 60% water, but, the average person doesn't have 46 liters of water to spare to keep the body cool. You can suffer as little as 2% water loss during exercise to as much as 10%, the latter being close to critically ill. The bigger problem is that most of the water in our bodies is not stored in readily accessible places. About 2/3rds of it is stored within our cells. In total, only about 1/5th of the water in our bodies is stored in our veins. More importantly, the water in our blood isn't really water, it's a mix of about 9grams of sodium chloride per liter of water — a very salty ratio. It's from this mix that our sweat originates. And while you've probably been told that massive sweating leads to electrolyte loss, which is true, it's the salt loss that is more dangerous. Therefore, to replace sodium lost requires a highly concentrated solution.

Skratch Labs looked to the traditional Saline IV as inspiration for its Hyper Hydration Drink Mix. While an IV pre-race is not the practical solution, the chemistry behind it is sound. It contains the same osmolarity as blood at 3.5grams/liter, which assists with fast absorption. So why not just ingest the IV solution orally? Well, the large chloride concentration causes nausea, vomiting, and GI irritation, not to mention that the taste is unpalatable. Instead of using sodium chloride, Skratch paired sodium with citrate, a neutralized fruit acid from lime juice. In addition to being easier on the stomach, there is some evidence to support that citrate, unlike chloride, is able to be consumed as a fuel source for energy-creating pathways.

To assist in buffering the taste, a small amount of cane sugar and glucose has been added to the drink mix. Additionally, to make it more palatable, Skratch looked to the Mango, or as it puts it, "many mangos." Mango is used in many cultures to temper salty foods, and in a similar fashion, it worked with the Hyper Hydration Mix to temper the salty taste. But, it required as many mangos that could be put into the mix without changing the osmolarity. So, yes, even though it is basically a salt drink, it is the most expensive drink in Skratch Labs' line. As Dr. Lim puts it, "You are paying for mangos, not sodium."

And while Skratch tried to add additional carbohydrates and additional electrolytes to the mix, beyond what is naturally found in the existing ingredients, it found it best to leave it with a "less is more" approach. That said, it is intended for the athlete who needs to maximize hydration before an extreme event. It is not meant to be used as a daily training mix. It is specifically for the athlete who finds him or herself constantly striving to replace lost fluids, coated in white after races, or frequently receiving a post-race IV. If you have additional questions regarding the Skratch Labs Hyper Hydration Drink Mix, or to see if it is the right drink for you, please refer to Dr. Lim's Blog.

The Skratch Labs Hyper Hydration Mix comes in a box of 20 individual serving packets and in the flavor Mango.

  • 20 pouches per pack
  • Mangos, sodium citrate, cane sugar, and glucose

Tech Specs

Serving Size:
[one pouch]
16 g
16 g
0 g
0 g
mangos, sodium citrate, cane sugar, glucose
Recommended Use:
pre race hydration

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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this before climbing 10k feet in 110 degree temperatures last weekend here in Southern California. The stuff provided me with a solid base hydration that allowed me to stay on top of my hydration level during the ride. You don't need this for most rides, but for those extreme efforts in brutal heat, I'm glad I have it around.

Helped me finish the Zion Traverse alive

About 35 miles into the traverse, I chugged down one of these hyper mixes and it literally saved my life. I'll take one of these for every run lasting over 4-5hrs.

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Jimmy Elam
Expert Gearhead

Helped me finish the Zion Traverse alive


    This is amazing especially when you know that your have a long run, bike ride your going on and you need that extra sodium. If you do a lot of big runs, rides, hikes etc. in the sun and heat I would highly recommend it.

    Salt, Please

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    After a hot ride, I can see the sweat-salt deposits on my clothing. Kinda gross, but a reminder that (personal differences accounted for) hot environments and hard efforts may require more salts for your consumption. I feel that this stuff makes up for the electrolyte replacement you need for prolonged or austere efforts. It's a drink, so you gotta like it, and your GI tract will need to agree with it, it is a personal diet thing.

    I'm Salty

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Since this product came out I've been using it religiously before running long hard efforts. I run ultra marathons and am one of those people that's generally covered in a salty white crust at the end of a hot day feeling worked due primarily to the heat. This stuff has been a game changer in how I feel throughout the run. I've been drinking a packet the night before event or first thing in the morning on race day. Very happy with the product. The mango flavor makes the most of the salty taste.

    best heat training drink mix

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    gives you the extra boost of sodium you need while still maintaining a high flavor profile of deliciousness. if you plan to race in a hot climate, consider adding this to your arsenal.. your body will thank you!