Skratch Labs Apples and Cinnamon (HOT) Excercise Hydration Mix

Skratch Labs said it best themselves:

“Who ever heard of a hot sports drink? Nobody, that’s who.  And that’s exactly why we made one.”

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Skratch Labs only uses all-natural ingredients for a great tasting product and even better performance.  I was skeptical using their “hot” mix at first, but it surely proves to be a great treat.  Skratch Labs Apples and Cinnamon does not disappoint.

It was pretty brisk before my ride yesterday morning so I quickly heated up some water in a travel mug for about thirty seconds and poured in a single serving packet.  The result was an explosion of flavor in my mouth.  You can tell they use real apples and cinnamon because it truly tasted like a delicious apple.  It was easy on the stomach, providing hydration with each sip and quenching your thirst.  Although the mix is clearly labeled “HOT”, I had to try it cold.  I was surprised that is also tasted great.  The guys over at Skratch labs also provided some great pointers in exercising in cold weather:

No reason to take our word for it, try it out yourself at http://www.BrandsCycle.com.

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OSMO Active Hydration: Blackberry Review

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OSMO Nutrition has successfully engineered an active hydration supplement based entirely on how the body absorbs nutrients and fluids.  Their studies show that electrolyte and nutrient absorption is optimized by using natural and organic ingredients in their active hydration mixes.  Simply stated:  The hydration mix is designed to make sure you don’t get thirsty.

I took several packs of single serve OSMO Active Hydration: Blackberry on a recent group ride.  I figured the only way to really test this stuff was to make sure I was pushing myself to an optimal level of performance.  The ride was three hours long across 70 miles and approximately 6,000 feet of climbing.  It began at Exit 2 on Route 9W, went to Bear Mountain, and back.  I packed some OSMO, my favorite gel blocks, a power bar, and some bananas.

As a skeptic at first, I wondered: “What can this really do for me?”  I was happy to see the product actually delivers.  Needless to say, my body felt great during and after the ride.  I did not experience any bonking or cramping, and with each sip from my water bottle, I felt my quench for thirst relieved.  I immediately became a believer.

The single serving packets I had been given were extremely convenient and easy to use with a 16oz water bottle (rip the packet, pour it in, shake it up).  I later purchased the 14.1oz  container and have been using it on every ride since.  Each 16oz water bottle only requires two scoops of the mix. I was astonished that the mix was also cost-effective.  Furthermore, it was very easy on the stomach and had a great taste.  My legs hurt from the miles of climbing, however, I did not once experience any cramping or fatigue.  The supplemental hydration mix certainly helps ensure a positive riding experience.

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“Established Science”