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Skratch LabsHyper 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.

  • Mangos, sodium citrate, cane sugar, and glucose

Tech Specs
Serving Size1 pouch
Ingredientsmangos, sodium citrate, cane sugar, glucose
Recommended Usepre race hydration

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Must have for 70.3 training in Atlanta!

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size

I am training for my first 70.3, reguarly logging 14+ hours of training a week and as a result, I struggle to keep my sodium levels up which leads to light headedness and ultimately nausea. Used this stuff today for my 50 mile ride in heat in lieu of eating salt packets and it works!!! Taking this to all my races in future.

>Rating: 5

Pour some Sug... wait wrong song, Salt!

I've put it through the wringer

Over the years I've noticed that I'm a pretty salty guy when it comes to leaking fluids on the bike. On the long rides especially the 100 milers I've always found that I start leg cramping in the last 20 miles or hour of the effort. Ever since I started using the Hyper Hydration mix the leg cramps are gone! Super excited to find this product. I don't break it out all the time, but it's nice to have when you know you have a long hard day in the saddle coming up!


Is the quantity 8 packs or 20 packs? it says Mangos 8-pack

Hey Kurt! Sorry about the confusion. I had our guy in the warehouse go and check that out, and there are indeed 8 packs on that. We will get that changed on the description. But if you ordered the Mango-8 pack, you will be getting 8 individual packs. Thanks for bringing that to our attention! Let me know if you have any other questions, contact details above.

>Rating: 4

A Necessary Evil

I've put it through the wringer

When I'm really anaerobic and developing the thick film of nastiness in my mouth after hours in the saddle the last thing I want to do is wash it all down with a salty, strong flavor. The flavors of this sports drink mask the insane saltiness well and allow the body to cope with extreme demands. I'm a pretty skinny guy and if I consume this on the wrong day/too late in the process it can make it even worse. If I consume it at the right time it is a lifesaver.

>Rating: 5

from a retired dirtbag to you

my days of riding thousand miles are gone. i'm now a domesticated house trained former long distance cyclist and a former dirtbag. i only get to do short bike rides. for 3-4 days at a time. i discovered the hyper hydration to be a very helpful tool. when my wife sees me pack it she knows a type 2 fun is coming my way and laugh at me for dreaming and wanting to be a dirtbag cyclist. call me stupid but there is nothing like feeling your heart about to jump out of your chest and a path of sweat drops on the road behind you that can lead you all the way to where you camped the previous night. do not expect it to taste any yummy aromas on your pallet. but man oh man that will take a hideous dehydration headache away.

Great review, Nadav. Thanks so much!

>Rating: 5

Nutritional Info

I've put it through the wringer

Email me directly for all your Skratch lab questions Mangos: Serving Size: One Pack (25g)- makes 16 oz prepared. Amount Per Serving: Calories 70, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 1700mg (71% DV), Potassium 80mg (2% DV), Total Carbohydrate 16g (5% DV), Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 16g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A (15% DV), Vitamin C (10% DV), Calcium (0% DV), Iron (0% DV), Magnesium (10% DV). Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

>Rating: 5

It Works

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. Hit me up for more info on the trip, gear used,etc Jimmy Elam Expert Gearhead


Great Job

>Rating: 5


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.

>Rating: 5

Salt, Please

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.

>Rating: 5

I'm Salty

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.

>Rating: 5

best heat training drink mix

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!